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Acne and your self-esteem: look good, feel better

Acne and your self-esteem: look good, feel better

A healthy skin is usually a sign of wellness. Skin is the visible part of the body. The way we look affects how we see ourselves and the way others perceive us. Conditions of the skin, such as acne and rosacea, can affect our self-esteem and can even lead to depression and anxiety.

How does acne affect my mood?

The root of this problem is in how we see ourselves.

Acne usually, but not always, starts in the teenage years, partly because of the normal hormonal changes taking place. Peers may have spots as well, and it is almost the norm at that stage of life; just like changing voices and rapid growth spurts.

However, severe teenage acne or marked acne or redness at an older age can be more of an issue. Adults with acne can tend to see themselves as undesirable. In this case it is important to remember that although your skin is significant, it is not something that defines you and by no means represents your quality as a person.

There is much more to a person than their appearance, and remember acne is usually temporary and treatable. Knowing that there is hope and a range of treatment options can help keep your spirits up and help you avoid depression.

Interestingly, studies show the impact of acne on self-esteem does not depend on the severity of the condition. The risks are the same whether acnes is mild or severe. Even if it is just a couple of blackheads that won’t go away, mood can be affected, and it is a good idea to speak to your doctor before it really begins to bring you down.

Is someone close to me affected by acne?

Perhaps you do not suffer from acne, but someone close to you does. People with low self-esteem need a solid support network, and this comes down to friends, colleagues and family. Knowing how to identify symptoms and point a person in the right direction can do a world of good.

If you know someone with acne and they avoid eye contact, try cover their face with a longer hairstyle or excessive amounts of makeup (which does more harm than good), it may be time to talk about the situation. These are preliminary signs of withdrawal and depression. Offer a little care and affection can help motivate the person to get informed, consult a physician, and start using an appropriate treatment.

When dealing with someone who is depressed or has low self-esteem, empathy is also important. They probably already know that they are depressed or anxious and do not need to be lectured on the topic. Simple companionship and kind words can help a person feel motivated to seek treatment and also helps them understand that they are not alone.

How we look on the outside and how we feel on the inside are very closely related, which is why taking control of acne is so important. The more care you give to your skin, the better you are going to feel.