Does Acne Give You Self-Esteem Problems?
If acne affects your self-esteem and gives you self-confidence issues, you are not alone. Millions of teenagers and adults have acne and many of them are quietly disturbed with the condition. Understandably so. However, no one should allow acne to erode their confidence nor must it stop them from having a great life.
To achieve this, here are three rules to follow. They have worked for many acne sufferers and can work for you or someone you love too.
Aggressive acne treatment
A Note on Support and Self-Help
It’s a wonderful thing when you have friends or family that you can confide in—you are one of the lucky ones that don't have to keep their worries to themselves. Introverts, for instance, have the tendency to keep stress all bottled up; this is a sure-fire way of feeling down in the dumps.
The good thing is that even if you aren’t one to ‘pour out your heart’, there are many good books and online articles that can help you regain your self-esteem and boost your confidence.
In the not too distant past, acne was more of an irritating condition; a trivial problem that was addressed in a lukewarm manner. There were more chronic ailments to be concerned about than blemished skin. Acne was merely regarded as a teenage problem that sooner or later may or may not go away. Today, it is a different story. Every boy and girl, man and woman wants absolutely flawless skin and will go any lengths to get it. This is a clear indication of why the makeup and skincare industries are booming.
It is no secret that more people have facial blemishes than those that don’t. Every person out there has, at least, a couple of pimples, whiteheads, and/or blackheads. Chronic acne which is about the most worrisome of the lot has many sufferers too. So, now that we know that a high percentage of people have imperfections, it is time to rethink how we approach societal standards of beauty, worry less about the uncomfortable condition, and start to develop a positive outlook.
Rule 1: Give Your Acne an Aggressive Treatment
The first most important thing to do is to develop a facial-care regimen. Treatment must not only be of the mind but the body as well. Having flawed skin is not the end of the world but maybe close to it if you don’t give your acne an aggressive treatment.
Develop a strict regimen and work patiently at it. If you don’t treat your skin condition, it will not disappear. Once you begin to treat your acne, you are on the road to regaining your self-confidence. You now have a goal and that goal is to start treating your skin.
Rule 2: Be Determined. Be Consistent. Persevere.
Once you have your skin-care regimen in place, be patient; persevere, and face it with a strong determination. Consistently is the key that will open up your mind and set you on a new path.
With a strength of mind to achieve better facial skin, it will not be too hard to regain your self-esteem, especially when you know that you are resolute in solving your acne problem.
Most importantly, look on the bright side.
Rule 3: How to Regain your Self-Esteem, Even with Your Acne
It is now time to work on your self-esteem. Acne patients most times are embarrassed; at home, in class, in the shops, at the workplace and at the few (if any) social outings they attend. This discomfiture often leads to social withdrawal, a feeling that prevents chronic sufferers from interacting socially because they are self-conscious about their facial appearance.
Although we live in a world that lays great emphasis on beautiful celebrity-type flawless skin, don’t be fooled. Most of those great looking faces have blemishes too but they try not to let it affect them. They are constantly photographed; they party, frolic, and are constantly in the limelight. You can be like that too.
To improve your confidence and be self-assured, even with acne on your face, here is a breakdown of what you can do:
- Keep to a daily skin treatment regimen and do not relent. Wash your face often, exfoliate with homemade products at least three times a week if you have oily skin and a bad case of acne, but if you are just acne-prone and have dry skin, you need not exfoliate more than two times a week. Good skincare will help boost your morale.
- Know that you are not alone. There are millions of teenagers and young adults with acne. Many of them use heavy makeup to conceal it when they are out there facing the world. So, learn how to apply makeup to conceal your acne.
- Read and find out how they too overcame their self-esteem and low confidence problems. A mind is a powerful tool that can help you defend your skin against acne and boost your self-image. inspirational books written by ex-acne sufferers
- Don’t think too much about your blemishes, just continue to treat your skin. Whatever products you use to treat your acne, use them persistently until you start to see results. When you start to see results, it will make you feel great but good results don’t mean stopping treatment. Keep at it.
- Disregard rude remarks from nasty and judgemental people and keep away from toxic colleagues and friends. Stay close to positive minds and inspiring people. Nasty people have their own inner turmoil which makes them unpleasant to others. It is because they are not happy people themselves.
- Do things that make you happy. It can be anything from playing basketball to being a biker as long as it makes you feel good. Exercise, go to the gym, read happy books, party, start a craft, go for long walks, anything, as long as it lifts your spirits. Whenever acne gives you the blues, listen to some good music. Music calms the nerves and soothes the soul.
- Avoid the feeling of anxiety. Whether you believe it or not, everyone has their own problems and isn’t thinking about you so stop imagining that they are. They probably don’t even notice that you have acne. You may feel that all eyes are on you but be assured that 98% of the time, they are not.
- Keep a focus on your life goals. Don’t let your condition influence your aspirations or dim your dreams. Many models, air hostesses, actors, singers, executives, celebrities, and athletes have lousy skin too. And if you are a teenager with acne, there are millions of teenagers that have blemishes too. Don’t let it deter you but rather, expend that energy on taking care of your face.
- If your condition is chronic, see a dermatologist. It is best to treat acne before it degenerates to scars. Start treatment too late has its disadvantages – you’ll start getting used to your condition, accepting it, and do nothing about it.
- Going for counseling because you feel it’s ruining your life and giving you psychological problems is not really the answer and can be a waste of money. If you think that your self-esteem is at a low and you begin to experience bouts of depression, perhaps you should. However, if you don’t take care of the root of the problem, which is a skincare regimen, you are not ready to get on the path of recovery.
- If all fails, and it shouldn’t seek support through programs set up by those who have compassion and understanding of people living with acne. They have all been through it before. They will help you dispel feelings of isolation and hopelessness that is common amongst acne patients. Search online for Acne Support Groups, or, Acne Sufferers Forums. Alternatively, your doctor can refer you to a local group that helps people deal with acne problems.
Without trying to sound like a broken record: Work constantly on improving your skin, it is a wonderful feeling and well worth the effort. Do not give up, neither should you give yourself a timeline.
See a dermatologist if the condition is bad and follow the dermatologist’s advice. Once you approach treating your face and mind with an optimistic outlook, you are on the path of recovery. And whatever you are doing about it, just keep at it, even if it takes six, nine, or twelve months. Determination is the keyword and your road to a better lifestyle, high esteem, and self-confidence.
- A diligent facial treatment will boost your morale.
- Wash face at least twice a day to keep it free from oil and dirt.
- Exfoliate regularly (at least 3 times a week) to get rid of dead skin.
- Use mild skincare products to clean, tone, and moisturise your face.
- Change your attitude, stay positive, and be thankful for the good things in your life.
On a final note, if you have acne and it is affecting your self-esteem and self-confidence, always remember this quote: "Try to change something you don't like, and if you really can't change it, change your attitude towards it".
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
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