How to Fight Acne and Regain Your Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence
Does acne affect your self-esteem and self-confidence? If you are a young teenager or adult with acne, it usually does. It is a natural feeling, especially when you have friends or family members that are endowed with flawless acne-free skin.
To say that acne affects more than your skin is an understatement. It can have a drastic effect on your life and lifestyle as well. Acne has a way of eroding our confidence, and when one’s confidence and self-esteem is eroded, the general outlook on life is affected.
People with acne will tell those close to them how it affects their social life, at home, at school, and at work. A few will feel embarrassed about discussing their skin problem and will rather keep their thoughts to their selves, constantly fighting an internal ‘battle’ they never think they’ll win.
Acne, pimples and even mild breakouts can negatively impact how many of us feel about ourselves, but it need not be so.
In the past, acne was really a trivial problem. There were other chronic ailments that were more worrying that blemished skin. It was just regarded as a teenage problem that sooner or later may or may not go away. Today, it is a different story.
Now, everyone wants to have a spotless face, because it appears everyone they know or come across have absolutely stunning looks, but it’s all in the make-up. You’ll be surprised that many do have blemished skin, whiteheads, blackheads, chronic acne, and the lot. So, now that we know that a high percentage of people have blemishes, what we need to worry about is how to ‘fight’ those blemishes and work on how they make us feel.
How to ‘Fight’ Acne Aggressively
Having bad skin is not the end of the world. It will only be to you if you don’t fight acne aggressively from all fronts. Firstly, you must have a strict regimen. If you don’t work on it, it usually does not just disappear. Once you begin to treat your blemishes, you are on the road to regaining your self-confidence. You have a goal and that goal is to treat your skin.
Secondly, once this regimen is in place and you keep to it consistently and with determination, you must start to work on your mind. It's not too hard to regain your self-esteem when you know that you are resolute in solving your skin problem.
How to Regain your Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence, Even with Acne
Acne patients most times are embarrassed, and 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.
Though we live in a world that lays great emphasis on beautiful celebrity type flawless skin, don’t be fooled. Over half of those great looking faces have blemishes too but it hardly affects them, neither do they feel uncomfortable and out of place. They are constantly photographed, they party and frolic with friends. You can be like that too.
To regain your esteem and self-confidence:
- 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. This regimen will boost your confidence.
- Know that you are not alone. There are millions of teenagers and young adults with acne. Many of them just have a way to conceal it when they are out in the world.
- Learn how to apply makeup to conceal your acne. When you go out, you can hide your blemishes behind nicely applied makeup.
- Read and find out how they too overcame their self-esteem and self-confidence problems. 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 so good. Keep at it.
- Disregard snide or rude remarks from nasty and judgemental people. Stay away from toxic so-called friends and move with positive minded people. Nasty people have their own inner turmoil, and that is a fact. They lash out because they are not happy very happy themselves.
- I need to repeat this again, 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. Just keep at it, even if it will take six, nine, or twelve months. Determination is the keyword.
- Do things that make you happy, it can be anything, as long as it makes you feel good, exercise, go to the gym, read happy books, party, start a craft, go for long works, anything, as long as it lifts your spirits.
- Avoid feeling of anxiety. You are not most people’s problem and they probably don’t even notice you have acne. Sometimes, you may feel that all eyes are on you but be assured that 98% of the time, they are not. Most times, that feeling is only in our minds.
- When your acne gives you the blues, listen to some good music. Music calms the nerves and soothes the soul.
- Do not allow bad skin to influence your life’s goals. Many models, air hostesses, actors, singers, executives, etc… have lousy facial skin too. You need to see some people with their makeup off!
- If you are a teenager and you have acne, there are millions of teenagers like you too. Don’t worry much, rather, expend that energy on taking care of your face.
- If your condition is very bad, see a dermatologist because it is best that acne is treated early before it starts to affect you psychologically. If you start too late that means you may start to get used to your condition and do nothing about it. You don’t want to do that.
- You may believe that you need some counselling. You don’t need to waste money on that, but if it is so bad that your self-esteem and pride are affected and you begin to suffer bouts of depression, perhaps you should. However, if you don’t take care of the root of the problem which is skincare, there will really be no point.
- If all fails, you can seek support through programs that have compassion and an understanding of people living with acne. They have all been through it before. They will help you to 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.
Remember, the first and most important thing to do is to fight your acne aggressively. That is the beginning of the road to regaining your self-esteem and self-confidence.
© 2009 viryabo