We don’t judge our friends, family or strangers for having acne—so why are we so hard on ourselves? When we're overly critical about every little bump and spot, it can feed insecurities far beyond our complexion and zap our confidence and self-worth.
Why not allow yourself to feel good? Quit that self-nitpicking and learn to be comfortable in your own skin—breakouts and all. The bad days will still come and go, but start the self-empowerment training today with a dose of positive vibes and the wise words of these smart, powerful women.
“Confidence is the only key. I can’t think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself.” —Emma Stone
“Happiness is the new black. It looks sexy with everything.” —Jill Martin
“If you have something about yourself that’s different, you’re lucky—it’s not a curse.” —Taylor Swift
“You will not determine my story—I will. I will speak and share and fuck and love and I will never apologize to the frightened millions who resent that they never had it in them to do it. I stand here and I am amazing, for you. Not because of you. I am not who I sleep with. I am not my weight. I am not my mother. I am myself. And I am all of you, and I thank you.” —Amy Schumer
“Give yourself a little nod of approval before you leave the house—and throw on some gloss.” —Shanola Hampton
“Your self-worth is determined by you. You don’t have to depend on someone telling you who you are.” —Beyonce
“You know you can’t hope yourself to a better life—you must take yourself there.” —Helen Gurley-Brown
“I think if you can dance and be free and not embarrassed, you can rule the world.” —Amy Poehler
“Do not allow people to dim your shine because they are blinded. Tell them to put on some sunglasses, ‘cause we were born this way.” —Lady Gaga
“Confidence lets you pull off anything, even Tevas with socks.” —Lena Dunham