Close-up photo of Kim Kardashian West's skin goes viral on Reddit

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A close-up image of Kim Kardashian West's skin has gone viral on Reddit, causing users to question conventional beauty standards.

A user shared a Getty photo of Kardashian West at a Los Angeles Lakers game. As Allure describes it, the image shows the celebrity with "slightly visible pores, some mild texture, and fine lines around her eyes and on her forehead." In the age of social media, perhaps the most surprising fact is that the photo itself is an unedited and unfiltered snapshot of Kardashian West.

"She has an amazing realistic looking skin, and keep in mind that she has access to the best skin products/treatments in the world," 3noot posted. "Don't be deceived by the high skin standards that is put upon you, a flawless skin doesn't exist in real life, only on instagram."

She has an amazing realistic looking skin, and keep in mind that she has access to the best skin products/treatments in the world. Don't be deceived by the high skin standards that is put upon you, a flawless skin doesn't exist in real life, only on instagram. from r/Instagramreality

The photo subsequently went viral on Reddit — as of Monday afternoon, it has received over 5,000 upvotes and nearly 200 comments.

"Her pores ... her skin looks legit almost like mine," one user wrote. "It's hard to believe how fake the standards are."

Others used the photo as an opportunity to criticise the beauty industry for setting impossible standards.

"The beauty industry is tricking people into believing normal things such as pores, texture and the occasional small pimples are abnormal," another posted. " Literally no one on earth meets their standards of beauty. Not a single human being. Because skin is not a totally smooth surface like plastic. People need to keep that in mind. The goal is for you to never ever be satisfied with your skin and always buy more skincare/makeup/procedures."

Despite being constantly scrutinised for her looks, Kardashian West has been open about her psoriasis — a condition in which skin cells rapidly build up and form dry patches. Last year, she wrote a revealing essay for Poosh, where she discussed her journey with the condition.

"I've become extremely comfortable with my psoriasis," she wrote. "No matter where it is on my body, sometimes I am fine with showing it off and other times I don't want it to be a distraction, so I cover it up with body makeup."

"If you have psoriasis, you can't let it ruin your life or get the best of you," she added. "You have to do what you can to make sure you are comfortable but not let it take over."

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 06: Kim Kardashian West arrives for the 2019 Met Gala celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 06: Kim Kardashian West arrives for the 2019 Met Gala celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 06: (L-R) Corey Gamble, Kris Jenner, Kim Kardashian-West, Kanye West, Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott arrive for the 2019 Met Gala celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 6: Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West attend The Metropolitan Museum Of Art's 2019 Costume Institute Benefit "Camp: Notes On Fashion" at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 6: Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West attend The Metropolitan Museum Of Art's 2019 Costume Institute Benefit "Camp: Notes On Fashion" at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 6: Kim Kardashian attends The Metropolitan Museum Of Art's 2019 Costume Institute Benefit "Camp: Notes On Fashion" at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 6: Kim Kardashian West attends The Metropolitan Museum Of Art's 2019 Costume Institute Benefit "Camp: Notes On Fashion" at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 06: Kim Kardashian West arrives for the 2019 Met Gala celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West seen out on the 2019 MET Gala day on May 6, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West seen out on the 2019 MET Gala day on May 6, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West seen out on the 2019 MET Gala day on May 6, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Kim Kardashian West arrives to The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: (EDITOR'S NOTE: Image was converted to black and white) Kim Kardashian West attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City.(Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Media personality Kim Kardashian attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 06: Kim Kardashian West arrives for the 2019 Met Gala celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Kim Kardashian West is seen arriving to the 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Media personality Kim Kardashian (L) and musician Kanye West attend The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 06: Kim Kardashian West arrives for the 2019 Met Gala celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Kim Kardashian West attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes On Fashion - Arrivalsat The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Kim Kardashian West attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes On Fashion - Arrivalsat The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 06: Kim Kardashian attends the 2019 Met Gala Celebrating 'Camp: Notes on Fashion' at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/GC Images)
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