By: Kathy

The Don't Judge Me Challenge is a challenge where people pretend to be “ugly” and unattractive as they draw on spots all over their faces.  It is a challenge that bashes the idea of having acne, indirectly calling people ugly because of it. 

I hate this challenge because as one to promote self-confidence within society, how can people feel proud of what they look like when they are constantly reminded of how “ugly” they are because they have spots on their face?  

It’s not something that we can control.  No one ever wishes to have acne.  Though it’s a way of life, there are still individuals who care more about superficial beauty instead of the genuine idea of a person.  Personality doesn’t matter if you don’t want to walk around with a spot-faced girl because to everyone she is UGLY.  

When you are unable to look a person in the eyes when you talk because you feel their eyes judging you, what positive idea does this challenge express to society?  That people should not judge us because I called myself ugly when I drew spots on my face and wore glasses and that you shouldn’t judge me because I actually have acne-free skin and I don’t have to deal with the idea of living with spots on my face for the rest of my life.  

Dealing with acne ever since I was in fourth grade, I’ve been told by many guys that they do not like me because I have these “spots” on my face as if it were an abnormal thing and because they didn’t have acne, I was different from them and being different is scary.  

This challenge should have been executed in the following way: actually promote self-confidence, where you can make a video of yourself smiling because you are proud of who you are and what you look like.  To beat the beauty standards of the magazines and of the media, smile because you are beautiful just the way that you are.  Where acne is not an uncommon thing and people can feel a real connection to how beauty is portrayed in the media because not everyone has clear skin and no one is born completely perfect from head to toe.  

The media should stop shunning the “ugliness” and start to embrace this idea of being human.  This idea that acne is a process that many go through so there aren’t people who feel isolated from the rest of society because their face is different. To really promote self-confidence for those who truly need it.