An interesting ruling by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) this week for those of us interested in acne and skincare. Three well-known brands have had their knuckles rapped for making medicinal claims about their products being able to treat acne. These ranged from “formulated specifically to treat adult acne” to products having the ability to “treat, clear and prevent adult acne”.
What I found of particular interest was the position that some of the brands took when called out for the product claims they were making. There was this idea that consumers don’t think of acne in the same way as they would think about another medical condition such as diabetes or appendicitis. Whilst this may be true, it continues to fuel the idea that acne is cosmetic or beauty problem rather than a medical condition that deserves attention in the same way as problems with other parts of our body. One retailer felt that the “overall presentation of the
products in the ads was clearly cosmetic and consumers would not expect such products to be medicines.” This is also telling - the idea that marketing teams are promoting products as though they are medical in nature, yet on the other hand arguing the consumer should know better.
We know I have strong view points on acne and its management, but I think there is a problem where skincare brands act as though their cosmetic products are as effective as prescription treatments. The advertising can be persuasive and emotive and it encourages people to think that their skin isn’t getting any better simply because they haven’t found the right skincare yet. What concerns me is that many people end up going through countless skincare products and regimes when often what they need is medical attention, support and treatment. This can result in delay in getting the right treatment, increased risk of acne scarring over time, as well as prolonged negative psychological effects associated with untreated, chronic skin disease.
Now don’t get me wrong, I am always one for a balanced argument. I think skincare is an important part of managing acne and i’m not suggesting that the answer is simply 👇🏾👇🏾
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In my women’s history class I read a lot about how, in the 16-18th centuries especially, women were being oppressed but were still seen as naturally morally superior to men. And tbh, that hasn’t changed. On social media whenever a women does something wrong they’re destroyed by locals. Just an example, Camilla (idk how to spell it) said the n word but so did Justin, ones cancelled one isnt. Both of them said something about BLM but one of them was labeled as genuine the other was labeled as a cover up. I don’t even stan either of them, and I do think people can have their own opinions, but not if they contradict each other. That’s when it turns into misogyny. You can’t hold women to a higher standard then men. It might seem like them being seen as smarter, more mature, etc would be a good thing, but we don’t benefit from that. All that comes out of that is being criticized 2x as much when we do something wrong. I’m just tired of it.
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"ओरे बाबा! सिनेमा आर टीवी सीरियले जेरकम देखे छिलाम ठीक सेरकम-ई लागछे..."
(अरे बाप रे! सिनेमा और टेलीविजन पर आने वाले धारावाहिकों में जैसा देखा था, हुबहू वैसा ही है)
ये कहने वाली महिला पश्चिम बंगाल की राजधानी कोलकाता के एक ऐसे पूजा पंडाल तक जाने वाली सड़क के पास खड़ी थी, जिसे एशिया के सबसे बड़े रेडलाइट इलाक़े सोनागाछी की थीम पर बनाया गया है. बंगाल में वेश्यालय की मिट्टी से दुर्गा प्रतिमा बनाने की परंपरा तो सदियों पुरानी है. लेकिन महानगर की एक आयोजन समिति अहिरिटोली युवक वृंद ने इस बार एशिया के सबसे बड़े रेडलाइट इलाके सोनागाछी और वहां रहने वाली यौनकर्मियों के जीवन और संघर्ष को अपनी थीम बनाया है.
पंडाल के पास पहुंचते ही लगता है कि सचमुच सोनागाछी की गलियों में पहुंच गए हों. #durgapooja#dussehra#festival#india#culture#beautiful#amazing#instagood#mythology#women#westbengal