TEEN
09/10/2014 05:44 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

The Face-Washing Affirmation That Has Nothing To Do With Your Skin

We've all seen our fair share of acne-shaming ads that have made us desperately wish we could hide all our pimples forever. But the next time you're washing your face in mirror, remember two things: Stop worrying and start living.

In a video tied to Clean & Clear's self-acceptance campaign, #SeeTheRealMe, poet and spoken word artist Azure Antoinette describes the pressures of being a girl in the age of Photoshop and social media. Having been called the "Maya Angelou of the Millennial generation," Antoinette reassures girls that it's OK to be different.

"Tomorrow morning, dunk your head in the sink," she urges in the video, which was originally launched in July. "Raise your face to the mirror. While your skin drips and the water sinks off the nose that is perfectly suited for your face, take a deep breath and say, this is the real me."

Thank you, Azure, for our new face-washing mantra.

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