From my own experience with acne, I remember how hard it was to talk about my skin problem, and feeling that everyone was staring at my face. Furthermore, even when trying to get over it and talk about it, it would often lead to people offering me unasked advice, such as what to eat or not to eat, which can be frustrating. Looking back, I think being open and talking about it helped me see that people genuinely didn’t notice it as much as I thought. Of course, it was there, but it improved my self-confidence knowing that my friends did not define me by it.
It might have happened to you as well, having a friend who thinks her chin is not perfect enough, or that their hair is always unruly, while you don’t even notice it. Unrealistic beauty standards and increased pressure. Seeing yourself through a friend’s eyes, can remind you that your skin problem is not all they notice. Secondly, it is important to remember that even when they offer annoying, unasked for advice, your friends and family are trying to help. There are lots of acne-myths out there, so do not feel pressured to take their advice. For example, the link between diet and acne is much more complex than simply cutting out sugar or dairy, so following a health care professional’s advice is still the best option.
It is well documented that acne can have a high impact on one’s confidence and create strong negative feelings. And while it is understandably a difficult and emotional topic to address, sharing with friends and family can perhaps make the journey just a bit more bearable.
The psychological impact can be even stronger during adolescence, which is a formative time for personal identity, especially as teenagers today are more concerned by their appearance than previous generations. While it is common during this time to want to assert one’s own independence by distancing relationships with parents, friends and family can offer essential moral support.
While friends and family can have the best intentions, always remember to ask for professional help from a dermatologist, as they are the best equipped to offer you advice.
This is a personal story from a former Kleresca® employee.
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