Yes, I Photoshop My Face In Photos

Editing photos for blogs and instagram is always a bit of a touchy subject – should we photoshop them/should we be natural/are we allowed to edit out a spot or two? I’m not ashamed at all to admit I photoshop all of my photos and get rid of all of my spots.

I’m one of those girls who has had a bit of a tough time with my skin and I have so many problematic areas around my chin, the sides of my face and my forehead. When I take close up photos (selfies, make-up looks etc) I always edit out my spots and that’s a choice I make because I want to do it. I get a lot of comments about how flawless my skin is, but in reality it’s the complete opposite – so I want to show you guys exactly what my photos look like before I edit them and that it’s okay to photoshop spots out.

Before/After:

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At the end of the day, my blog is my blog and I want to show you what make-up I’m loving and what clothes I’m wearing. If I want to blur out my spots then I’m gonna blur out my spots. Why should I be told otherwise? (also I know you’re thinking ‘doesn’t make-up cover it?’… no, I still look mega lumpy).

The only issue is, am I promoting people to feel bad about their skin, just because I do? I feel like I’m in a constant battle of trying to promote the right things but trying to be happy with myself and my photos at the same time. Personally, if I were to upload photos where I’m looking all acnaic then I’ll feel really bad about myself and know I’ll get loads of negativity about my spots. But this is my internet space, and I want to project myself how I want to. See my dilemma?

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I don’t want to give the wrong message out to people, but at the same time I produce content that I want to share and I would prefer it if I edited out the lumps and bumps. It’s not like I’m changing the way I look, I’m simply clearing up a few red marks, where’s the harm in that? Call me selfish, but I do what I want *insert South Park meme*.

This comes on to me wanting to remind me that people on the internet aren’t always flawless-skinned, perfect beings. A lot of things on social media show an image of what they want to look like and although you look at some celebs in magazines and feel down about yourself, you need to remember that everyone hides a thing or two and so many photos are touched up and altered. Myself included.

What do you guys think about photoshopping? Should we be fully natural, or is it okay to blur out a zit or two? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this!

R x

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56 Comments

    • 20th June 2016 / 11:51 am

      Yeah me too! It’s my decision, can’t help but feel like I’m representing another idea of myself though – but it’s only a few (hundred) spots!

      R xoxo

  1. 19th June 2016 / 6:25 pm

    I’ve had this dilemma too. Generally, I’ll just make my skin look a bit better rather than perfecting it but photoshopping my spots is something I’ve always done even when I was in school and just uploading low quality party photos to facebook haha! The thing with spots is that they’re temporary so why should you have a permanent reminder of them lurking on the internet?
    My skin is actually an awful lot better than it used to be so I generally only feel the need to edit if I’ve got a particularly bad zit or something. It can be a tough one but I think as long as people that edit imperfections aren’t going around saying ‘yeah my skin is totally perfect, be jealous’ when it’s all faked then there’s no reason not to do a bit of photoshopping!

    http://www.hollysparkle.co.uk

    • 20th June 2016 / 11:52 am

      That’s the thing! They’re so temporary and sometimes I don’t have any at all! Unfortunately I’m someone who gets loads of little ones so it’s a bit different to just having one giant spot but I’m not exactly going around telling everyone how amazing my skin is haha!

      R xoxo

  2. Parie
    19th June 2016 / 6:49 pm

    You are not the only one that does this, who cares what everyone else thinks. You have to be comfortable and happy – thats all that should matter!

    Parie x
    classandglitter.com

    • 20th June 2016 / 11:52 am

      Yeah exactly, thank you girly! If I want to edit them then I will haha!

      R xoxo

  3. 19th June 2016 / 7:32 pm

    I have quite a few spots at any given time, unfortunately, but I’ve made a conscious choice to not photoshop my skin. I only use a softer camera setting for portraits. I’m not really about the “Instagram perfect” skin, browsor whatever. It may be because I started my blog when I was 20 and I had come to terms with mu skin by then. I remember hating the spots when I was a teenager. Now I’m 25 and I know that some young girls read my blog too, and I don’t want to make them feel like everyone else has smoother skin than them when in fact that isn’t the case.

    • 20th June 2016 / 11:53 am

      That’s fair enough! I know not everyone wants to clear up their skin and would rather portray a more natural look in their photos – kudos to you for doing that!

      R xoxo

  4. 19th June 2016 / 7:57 pm

    Yeah I agree, I’m torn as well! Actually, I’m not very uncomfortable with my flawed skin at all, but I do photoshop my pictures, because I feel like zits or dark circles can really take the attention away from what you’re actually trying to show. Plus, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with a blogger to want to present esthetically pleasing images. But, I also want to send out a message to people that not being perfect is okay. Maybe we should start having sort of a weekly “the real me” posts with unedited photos, or something 😛

    • 20th June 2016 / 11:54 am

      Yeah sometimes if I want to show off a nice lipstick then I don’t want anyone staring at my huge spots haha!

      R xoxo

  5. 19th June 2016 / 8:53 pm

    I don’t do this, mostly because it’s seems to tedious when it’s not something which is highly noticeable in my photos anyway. I totally respect you for doing it though! I look at old blog photos before I’d started caring for my skin and I hate them. Having photos of yourself online which you aren’t 100% happy with is only going to affect you negatively in the long run- after all! X

    • 20th June 2016 / 11:54 am

      Yeah I want to be happy with my photos and not afraid to show them, I’m hardly disfiguring my face or anything just clearing up a few spots!

      R xoxo

  6. 19th June 2016 / 9:09 pm

    I completely agree with you, this is your blog and you ate the one who decides what to post and if you feel more comfortable blurring out some blemishes you should so it! I feel like everyone should do what makes them more comfortable and happiest! 🙂
    Paula | http://www.namelessgap.blogspot.com

    • 20th June 2016 / 11:55 am

      It makes me so much more comfortable and I can’t bear the idea of negative comments either – thanks lovely!

      R xoxo

  7. 19th June 2016 / 9:18 pm

    Yep, I tweak mine a little too! I love the Facetune app when I’m uploading to Insta as it has a “smooth” function! No more uneven skin 😀 x

    • 20th June 2016 / 11:56 am

      Facetune is great for smoothing out blotchy skin isn’t it! I don’t see the harm at all, not like I’m changing how I look or anything!

      R xoxo

  8. 19th June 2016 / 9:37 pm

    I totally get what you mean. I even edit my instagram photos. My editing doesn’t make everything look totally different. I just use it to make the best out of the every photo. Why not enhancing colors or removing am pimple or two 🙂

    • 20th June 2016 / 11:56 am

      This is the best point! I want to get the most out of every photo and if that means enhancing a few things (light etc) then why not, no need for a few spots if they’re only temporary too!

      R xoxo

  9. 20th June 2016 / 6:02 am

    Everyone does it! It’s fab that you’re able to address it and remind people of it though! V brave of you missy xxx

    • 20th June 2016 / 11:57 am

      I know right! I think it’s right for me to be open about it though so people don’t look at my photos and think ‘wow her skin is amazing’ etc!

      R xoxo

  10. 20th June 2016 / 1:26 pm

    I personally don’t think there’s anything wrong with editing selfies! I blur my skin out on my makeup close ups just because a macro shot of your eye combined with a ring light makes my foundation look really cakey, and it doesn’t even look anything like that in real life! If I had any spot outbreaks I’d get rid of them too, no biggy. What’s the difference from using face products to clear them up within a couple of days?! No judgement from me 🙂

    Just Little Things

    • 21st June 2016 / 2:59 pm

      Yeah sometimes photos actually don’t show a true representation anyway haha! Yeah spots aren’t permanent so why would I permanently want them in my photos haha!

      R xoxo

  11. 20th June 2016 / 2:17 pm

    Great post! I think that´s okay and every blogger does it (without speaking about it). Me too. Sometimes I have lots of problems with my skin and I don´t want to have such photos in the internet forever 🙂
    xx
    Sarah

    • 21st June 2016 / 2:59 pm

      I think as long as I’m honest there’s no harm! Like you say, a lot of people do it and I’m hardly promoting amazing skin products and faking my photos when I talk about it or something haha!

      R xoxo

  12. Vanessa
    20th June 2016 / 4:29 pm

    I think you should do what you want. Plain and simple. Like you said, this is YOUR space so why should you feel bad for making sure your pictures are 100% to your liking? It’s not about being selfish, it’s about presenting the best version of you to your audience.

    I’ve suffered with breakouts since I was a teenager so I know how it feels to constantly be aware of your problematic skin and not wanting acne to define you. As long as you’re not deforming your body with Photoshop, I think it’s a-okay xx

    • 21st June 2016 / 3:00 pm

      It’s exactly that, I don’t want to show my acnaic skin purely because I don’t like it – I’d much rather show a slightly better version of myself to make me feel a little better!

      R xoxo

  13. 20th June 2016 / 8:07 pm

    I agree on this actually, ever since I found out you can do this I’ve done it. Just recently over the last few months I’ve been dealing with spots and I’ve always blurred them, it’s about confidence for me. I feel so much better about myself with clear skin that a spotty red face.

    Caroline xo
    http://www.teaandbeauty.com

    • 21st June 2016 / 3:01 pm

      Me too, it’s about confidence for me too! I don’t want to show everyone that I’m some ‘perfect skinned being’ but I also don’t want to feel bad about my photos!

      R xoxo

  14. 20th June 2016 / 9:06 pm

    I once took a couple of photos of a friend’s daughter for her Christmas card and, without thinking, removed some bruising/scratches from a 3-year-old’s face. I sent both versions — before and after — and they used the retouched version.

    Because, they said, she’d hurt herself on the playground and that’s not the way they think of her. That stuff wasn’t usually there. (Also, the kid’s klutziness looks ominous in photos.)

    I’m all about photoshopping out acne because it’s not a permanent face-feature. That zit on your cheek might not be there next week. It’s not a permanent part of you.

    • 21st June 2016 / 3:02 pm

      Exactly – it’s all to do with the fact bruises/spots etc aren’t permanent so why shouldn’t I hide it! I have a little mole on my leg and I’d never ever photoshop it out because it’s who I am!

      R xoxo

  15. 20th June 2016 / 10:09 pm

    I feel you – I sometimes take photos of lipstick on my lips for reviews and when the acne on my chin was at its worst I always airbrushed out my spots. Not only did it make me feel better but I also wanted the focus to be on the product and not my skin problems. I agree with you – the important thing is that you’re comfortable and happy with what you’re putting on your blog! xx

    Toasty

    • 21st June 2016 / 3:02 pm

      Yeah exactly it’s not like we’re promoting that everyone has to have perfect skin, it’s just a personal choice so we can feel better about ourselves!

      R xoxo

  16. Maggie
    21st June 2016 / 2:15 am

    I do the same!! I don’t alter my shape or anything, but if I have a zit I will edit that out!! lol

    http://www.maggiealamode.com

    • 21st June 2016 / 3:03 pm

      Exactly! I’m hardly editing how I look, just getting rid of a spot or two (or 100) haha!

      R xoxo

  17. 21st June 2016 / 2:46 am

    I don’t see anything wrong with photoshopping out zits. It’s your blog, it’s your call! You are trying to project a certain image so by all means, photoshop away!

    COLLEENWELSCH.COM

    • 21st June 2016 / 3:04 pm

      I am trying to portray a certain image but I also don’t want people to look at it, see my ‘flawless skin’ and think ‘oh crap my skin isn’t as beautiful as that’ type thing – it’s so tricky! I want to show that I’m real as well as getting the most out of my images!

      R xoxo

  18. 21st June 2016 / 6:44 am

    I think your skin looks great in the before photos! I suffer with my skin too – not proper acne or anything but I get a lot of little breakouts. I think it’s really important that we see ‘real’ skin – maybe then people wouldn’t feel like they have to be perfect. But I also respect that it’s your blog and it’s a difficult thing to put yourself out there. Well done for writing this post.

    • 21st June 2016 / 3:05 pm

      I have really good make-up on in the before photos so it doesn’t actually look too horrendous but I know in reality it looks way worse haha! It’s so tricky! I really don’t want to give the wrong image out to people, but I think now my readers know I do it then it’s a bit more bearable? Like, I’m just like everyone else and I get spots too!

      R xoxo

  19. 21st June 2016 / 11:19 am

    I love the honestly of this post and the fact that you chose to share it. I actually know of a lot of people online who spend lots of time editing their looks (be it skin or getting more heavy handed with body-alterations).

    I have to say that personally – I just don’t have the time nor can I face looking at myself for long enough to edit pictures of myself. I just avoid posting them instead…

    But I don’t see the BIG difference between this and a heavy instagram filter or brightness edit and if it makes you feel better, do it!

    Alice | Whiskey Jars Blog

    • 21st June 2016 / 3:07 pm

      Yeah, I don’t feel like I spend that long doing it (only a minute or two) but it’s not as if I’m changing the shape of my face or features or anything! I do feel strange and that I’m sending off the wrong signals, but hopefully this post shows that I’m just a normal girl who gets spots too!

      R xoxo

  20. 22nd June 2016 / 3:09 pm

    I think it depends on the situation. In blogging terms I wouldn’t appreciate somebody using PS for a product review. E.g. If you were to review a foundation and show what it looks like on you but you’ve photoshopped the image then I think that defeats the point?
    Otherwise I’m all for it, it’s people personal preference and if it makes them feel better or more confident or they feel it just looks better then I don’t see why people have an issue with it. It’s common knowledge now that every bright you see in the media is photoshopped and 90% of images on social media have some sort of filter on them anyway.

    • 23rd June 2016 / 4:11 pm

      Yeah I see what you mean but also I think everyone knows foundation still leaves lumps where the spots are which I sometimes get embarrassed about, and it still shows the coverage of red patches and under eye circles etc. Thanks for commenting!

      R xoxo

  21. Rachael
    23rd June 2016 / 2:53 pm

    Sometimes I do photoshop mine sometimes I don’t – for me it depends what I’m talking about, If I’m talking about a lipstick and I’ve got a giant zit on my chin and I’m paying more attention to the beast when looking at the lipstick then buhbye – it’s gone in a flash!

    But if I’m talking about skincare or foundation then I don’t tend to photoshop anything as to me it’s more helpful to see how it looks over my ‘real’ skin. Outfit reviews etc it makes no bloody difference to me!

    http://www.helplesswhilstdrying.com

    • 23rd June 2016 / 4:12 pm

      Yeah I get ya, I’m totally the same. I do struggle because I want to show what products do to my skin but also don’t want giant ugly patches of skin on show too haha!

      R xoxo

  22. 30th June 2016 / 6:37 am

    The way you edit your photos is a subtle and very natural way of editing which I completely understand and agree with. Some people just go way too far with it sometimes. xo

    jpoppy-thats-just-me.blogspot.co.uk

    • 30th June 2016 / 6:02 pm

      I know, they really do! I don’t smooth my face or alter my face shape or anything though so I still feel like I’m being real – thanks for commenting!

      R xoxo

  23. 1st July 2016 / 12:27 pm

    I think it’s completely fine. Thing is, most photos aren’t really ‘finished’ until they’ve had a bit of editing in my opinion. Ask any professional photographer and they will admit to editing peoples skin and other small details.
    The only time I would see it being a problem is if you’re talking about some magic acne defeating product and then photoshop over any spots. Like, that’s obviously lying. Just general retouching, however, isn’t!

    • 2nd July 2016 / 4:57 pm

      Yeah I agree with this! General retouching is usually what I do and considering some of my spots come and go within a few days I don’t see the issue with getting rid of them – it’s what a lot of photographers do!

      R xoxo

  24. 2nd July 2016 / 7:52 pm

    I totally admire your honesty here, it’s so refreshing! I edit all of my photos (mostly filters and lighting but still editing), and I think we’d be lying if we said we didn’t want to show the best version of ourselves on here? Personally, I wouldn’t care if you had a spot or not but it’s about you being happy with your blog/content/self xxx

    Sam // What I Know Now

    • 3rd July 2016 / 9:10 am

      Thanks Sam! Yeah I do a lot of lighting changes and whatnot but I just don’t feel comfortable uploading photos with tons of spots, especially as they’re not permanent! 🙂

      R xoxo

  25. 7th July 2016 / 8:45 am

    You are so beutiful even without photoshop!

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