How to Be Confident With an Acne-Scarred Face
Unfortunately no matter how much we may try to ignore it, acne can and does affect our confidence and mental health. Acne is depicted as an imperfection in a world which promotes and idealises clear, poreless skin. This can make it difficult to feel great about yourself when you have acne.
Honestly there is no real resolution that I can offer. I know when I had severe acne I would avoid going out with friends and socialising for many reasons. None of my close friends had issues with their skin. I would feel almost as if I was a visual hole amongst them, that people around me would be looking at and judging me for my skin condition. I am sure this is a common feeling amongst acne sufferers. When in reality if you are an acne sufferer you will be aware of the fact that acne has not got a significant correlation to hygiene. Having acne also doesn't mean that you do not look after your skin.
Try to understand that acne is not a permanent part of you, it does not make up your personality or beauty (both internal and external). Regardless of whether you have acne, you deserve to feel beautiful and confident in yourself. News flash, acne is not synonymous with ugly! Your acne journey is a temporary part of your life - it likely won't last forever!
Another note is, do not let acne affect the choices you make in your everyday life. Try to find hobbies and interests which can boost your self-esteem. These can help you feel valuable and confident regardless of your external appearance. Find a new sport or interest which you can invest in. Spend time with friends and family, people who love you regardless of the acne. Hopefully you will come to realise that acne is not the end of the world. That your beauty and worth is developed from within and can continue to thrive regardless of the state of your skin.
Can Acne Cause Depression and Anxiety?
Richard G. Fried, a psychologist and dermatologist, carried out a recent study. Fried suggests that there is a far greater emotional and psychological burden of having acne. This may be worse than just the physical impact on our outer appearance.
Fried states that “severe acne is associated with increased depression, anxiety, poor self-image and poor self-esteem". He continues further explaining that a study of 9,567 in a New Zealand secondary school found that 14.1% of students showed symptoms of clinically relevant depression. Additionally, 4.8% showed symptoms of anxiety when reporting on their “problem acne”.
Therefore, acne can really have a damaging effect, not only temporarily on your outer appearance but also internally. This study shows a greater cause of concern. Attention needs to be placed on young people and students who suffer with acne.
Skin Positivity: Experience Sharing My Acne Journey Online
Skin positivity is a relatively new concept to me. I have heard of body positivity and seen it grow in popularity on platforms, such as Instagram. Skin positivity is, I feel, less well known.
I appreciate the shift towards accepting so-called imperfections and simply allowing people to just exist without being picked apart for their appearance. This movement can help us all in learning to accept ourselves and our skin in whatever condition and stage it may be in. I hope we can understand that overall health and wellbeing are more important than smoothed perfection.
So, whether you have flawless skin or acne-prone skin that is going through it, you are doing the best you can. Relax and appreciate your body and skin for what it is doing for you every day. Try to understand that your beauty and worth is not dependent on any type of breakout that appears on your skin.
I would also love to hear about your experiences! Please leave any advice you would give to others dealing with acne and any general thoughts. Feel free to comment!