Influencer Alix Earle Gets Real About Beauty Filters and Normal Skin Flaws

The social media star has always been open with her followers about her struggle with acne.
Alix Earle

Alix Earle.

TikTok influencer and University of Miami student Alix Earle is known for her candid demeanor, particularly when it comes to being open and honest about her journey with acne.

It’s that refreshing honesty that has attracted more than five million followers on TikTok and another 2.5 million on Instagram. The content creator shared a clip on the video-based platform a few days ago in which she showed off her real skin versus what it looks like underneath a beauty filter.

“Your skin is normal: The beauty filter can hide a lot,” the 22-year-old wrote across the screen. Earle turned the filter on and off while showing different angles of her complexion.

She further illustrated her point in her caption, and wrote, “Anyone out there feeling insecure about your skin just know its normal and it gets better.”

Tons of Earle’s followers piped in to the comments section to share their appreciation for normalizing imperfect skin.

“You are going to help SO many girls,” one person wrote.

“This is why Alix is who she is,” someone else noted.

“This is why we love you,” another fan gushed.

Earle, who has taken fans along on her journey using the acne medication Accutane, noted that a recent allergic reaction to spray tan is causing her skin to break out.

“I’ve struggled with acne since middle school and I know how horrible it can make you feel,” Earle sympathized in a comment of her own. “But it happens to everyone don’t stress out 🥰.”

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