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How to Avoid the Psychological Effects of Acne

Updated on June 15, 2017

More people than you can ever imagine have acne, but a few of them lets the condition "get to them". It batters their self-esteem and erodes their confidence. But what psychological effects does it have on them? Not good ones.

You don’t need to sink into depression or hide away from those who could become your friends. It's not easy, and many will tell you "it's easier said than done", but the first thing you have to do to help yourself is to first learn how to mentally cope with your blemished skin, and most importantly, do something about it.

Did You Know There are Millions of Acne Sufferers?

It may surprise you that 75% of teenagers; including people in their early 20's have mild to acute acne. Out of this number, over half of them have tried various kinds of over the counter drugs, medicines, creams and potions.

Many have found success in treating their acne, but most of them give up halfway through treatment, just because they lack the patience and perseverance that's required to treat pimples and acne successfully.

They are the ones that end up suffering from low self-esteem and a good number of them lose confidence, become affected psychologically, and end up needing help.

Acne Need Not Change your Character

Life is tough enough as it is and you don't need a blemished face to add to it. But you must "keep your chin up" and spend time seeking solutions.

For you to avoid depression and develop self-esteem, once you have accepted the fact that you are burdened with this condition and start your acne treatments, you must believe that it'll be cured, sooner than later.

It's really all up to you because it's you that has to cure it or live with it.

How to Build Your Confidence

Don't waste your time and energy by feeling sorry for yourself, but put the energy into better use by taking care of your facial skin. If you've lost confidence in yourself because you have acne, or if you have low self-esteem, here are a few tips that may be helpful.

Accepting Facial Blemishes

Millions of people all over the world have acne, and in a lot of these cases, scars have left faces and upper bodies look unappealing and certainly unattractive.

However apart from those who have acne scars, most people just like you have had acne at one point in their lives.

You are not the only one with facial blemishes like acne and pimples. Think about it. Acne sufferers abound, believe it or not.

Be Confident and Optimistic

You can bet that this condition will not last all your life, but if you do not help yourself, it will not go away and may get worse.

Be confident that you can do it. It's not the end of the world, and there are so many acne sufferers that don’t dwell much on their condition, but rather, they ensure they do things that'll take care of their spot and scars caused by acne.

Be optimistic because there is always a right remedy that will work well for you, so never give up hope for a cure.

Read up regularly on improved treatments for acne cures, note new discoveries, and ensure you see a dermatologist if yours is a chronic case.

Patience and Perseverance

To boost your self-esteem and build your self-confidence, start searching for a cure. Talk to your parents, guardian, or older siblings that you want to fight your acne. You will eventually find good products that will work.

Once you find good products for a cure keep a good skincare routine and work at it.

You have to be patient though, as it will take some time once you're started, but stick with it and persevere. Keep your mind occupied with good ideas, and your thoughts positive.

Don't stress yourself over it because stress will not help you in any way. Rather, it may aggravate it terribly.


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Resist the Urge to 'Pop' Your Pimples

You must resist that common urge to pop your pimples and never let friends pop them for you either.

Oils, dirt and bacteria from your fingers (or theirs), together with the friction of squeezing those spots, will worsen your condition.

That means don’t touch your face with your fingers even if you think they are clean.

Exercise Regularly

It is very helpful if you exercise daily and also practice stress relieving techniques.

Relax with deep breathing exercises, so that blood, filled richly with oxygen flows through your veins, delivering oxygen to help enrich and heal the skin.

All these things will promote good health, a healthier skin and accelerate healing. Also, get a lot of sleep and go by the recommended allowance for your age group.

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".

Think about this and start to build up your confidence and develop self-esteem whilst working to cure your acne and blemished facial skin.

Good Skin Care Helps Prevent Acne

Not caring for your facial skin will increase its chances of inflammation and worsen your acne condition, meaning constant skin care treatment is essential!

If you routinely care for your facial skin, it will likely go away eventually though it may take a while.

Make it a daily routine to keep your skin free from dirt and oils. Find gentle products to clean, tone and moisturise your face, and ensure you wash and clean your face twice a day.

Working at it and seeing even the slightest improvement builds your confidence slowly. This will help you develop self-esteem as you go along.

Simply work on it, wait it out, and then watch it slowly go away. Be confident about that.


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    • viryabo profile image

      viryabo 7 years ago

      Hello Yangtze Thank you for the visit and nice comments. You are absolutely right. Self confidence is key. With that, much more can be achieved by anyone.

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      Yangtze 7 years ago

      Great hubs!Helpful advices for curing the acnes and improving self-confidence which plays a vital role in our life!

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      viryabo 7 years ago

      Thanks for the visit and your comments asalvani. You must have been luckier than others and have a stronger mind to help accept it in your youth. Some are not so lucky and have a weaker personality.

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      asalvani 7 years ago from London, UK

      Hey l never had problems with this condition but I can understand the feeling when you are young and avoided because you have acne. Today there are many products that can help, but the first thing to do is to visit the dermatologist and explore the case, as it's very individual.

      Great Hub:)

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      viryabo 8 years ago

      Thank you Julie Ann for your kind comments and great advice which i appreciate, coming from a guru on HP. Will work on it definitely.

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      Julie-Ann Amos 8 years ago from Gloucestershire, UK

      Very informative hub. You might want to play with the formatting a little so it looks better