Acne sucks. For many, it’s been a nuisance since puberty. For others, it showed up later in life. Whatever the case, having facial blemishes can have a deep impact on your quality of life and how you feel about yourself. And that can take a toll.
The battle with acne can make you feel isolated, but it’s important to know you’re not alone.
Studies have shown that — beyond the physical scars —acne can lead to self-consciousness, depression, lack of confidence, embarrassment, shame and social withdrawal. In a lot of cases, people with acne experience similar emotional and psychological problems as those with asthma, epilepsy, diabetes, back pain or arthritis.
It’s frustrating. It’s sad. It’s infuriating. It’s embarrassing. And unless you’ve been through it, it’s tough to understand. The battle with acne can make you feel isolated, but it’s important to know you’re not alone.
In one study, 75% of people with acne reported that it made them feel less confident and more self-conscious.
As you get older, coping with acne can become more of a challenge. According to studies, people over 20 are more likely to suffer appearance-related concerns because of their acne than 16-19 year olds.
It’s frustrating. It’s sad. It’s infuriating. It’s embarrassing. And unless you’ve been through it, it’s tough to understand.
4 ways to cope with the emotional effects of acne.
Don't wait to treat.
Makeup or a beard might hide your acne, but it won’t make it any better — it could even make it worse. It’s best to start treatment as soon as you begin to see symptoms.
Talk to your family and friends.
Sometimes it may feel like you’re all alone in your battle with acne. Tell the people you trust what’s going on and how you feel about it. A little support and understanding can go a long way.
Share your story.
Even though acne is common, your journey is completely unique. Look online for support groups and social communities for people with acne. Facebook is a good place to start. It can give you an outlet to share and potentially reach someone else struggling with acne’s emotional effects.
Track your progress.
When you begin a new treatment, take selfies early and often to prove to yourself that it’s working. Seeing progress after years of frustration can boost your confidence.