Acne is probably the biggest confidence crusher of all. In fact, its negative emotional and social impact is so profound many psychological studies have been dedicated to it, with sobering yet unsurprising findings. Read on to find out just how socially crippling acne can be and what you can do to get clear skin and—more importantly—a clear mind.
Acne Affects How You See Yourself
It’s no surprise that acne makes you feel unattractive, but it turns out many acne sufferers see nothing but their spots when looking in a mirror. Just take a look at this quote from the American Academy of Dermatology website:
‘I feel like I don’t look right no matter how hard I try to dress up and look nice—there is always that area of pimples there, and it is very unsettling. There really hasn’t been a day gone by that I don’t think about it, or look at my face….’
Indeed, acne sufferers fixate on their poor skin and this can diminish how they feel about their overall appearance and about everything else, too. A study in the British Journal of Dermatology on the psychological effects of acne showed that acne sufferers have not just decreased confidence in their looks, but low self-efficacy overall. That means that many people who have acne think they are worthless; they don’t believe in their abilities. This is frightening and heartbreaking news.
If you have acne, please seek professional help to treat not just your skin, but your emotional well-being, too. Take part in activities that make you feel successful and strong, like sports, education or volunteering. Focus on your inner beauty, intelligence and accomplishments, and remind yourself every day that you are more than your skin.
Nitai can help you as well, as we offer a wide variety of comprehensive acne treatments. Please don’t suffer another day from low self-esteem and acne. Schedule an appointment with our doctor today to discuss which treatment option is right for you.
Acne Affects How You Engage With Others
It makes sense that when acne has you feeling down, you’ll be less inclined to socialise. The research study mentioned above revealed that acne doesn’t just cause you to feel anti-social, it can actually cause great social anxiety. Your daily commute and work or school day can become a series of small panic attacks if you fear others’ reaction to your skin. Every moment outside of your home can feel like torture.
This goes hand in hand with the study’s findings that acne sufferers have increased obsessive-compulsive behaviour. Between checking your makeup in the mirror, touching a tender spot to see if a blemish has erupted, and strategising about how to stay as far away from others as possible, you have little energy and time for any other thoughts. Your acne can literally consume your life.
We don’t want you to hide from the world, especially when we know we can find a treatment that will work for you. We’ve written an article before on the various treatment options, including medication, laser treatments, and skin peels. You are a beautiful person, inside and out. Don’t let your acne cloud your thoughts or personality for another day. It’s time to visit Nitai for the best acne treatment in Melbourne and let your beauty shine!