Many acne sufferers have a tendency to isolate themselves from society and purposely chose not to interact with their friends. Why? Because acne sufferers are plagued with feelings of depression, embarrassment and have a poor body image. This then leads to frustration, anger and severe depression. These negative psychological effects can have a very crippling effect on a person’s social life, which in turn will discourage them from pursuing life’s chances socially, scholastically and even in the workforce. Depression caused by acne may lead to low self esteem, causing sufferers to purposely overlook dates, social gatherings, classes, job interviews and even work.
Although acne isn’t thought of as a life threatening disorder, its psychological effects can be quite profound as acne affects the most visible parts of your body. The psychological effects of acne have only come to light lately. Fact: The emotional scarring caused by acne can last forever, so it’s a very important topic to explore. Note that the severity of acne can also be measured by its impact on an acne sufferer’s psychological and social life.
How to Help
Now that we’ve established that acne blemishes, cysts, etc. could be quite damaging to the psyche, particularly during the teenage years, which is when the formation of an individual undergoes so many important changes, what can be done to prevent this. After all, we are talking about some serious dismantling conditions that may lead to depressive disorders, academic decline, social isolation, substance abuse and even suicide.
What to do? The first step an Acne sufferer must take is to come to terms with his or her condition. It will have a negative influence on your life because our society judges us by our appearance. The trick is that an acne sufferer doesn’t need to face this alone. Consider the numbers cited in the home page “Acne affects about 80 percent of adolescents”. That means that eight out of every ten people around you is or has had to battle with acne and its negative social impacts. So don’t hesitate to notify and involve people you come into contact with to stop the emotional scarring from becoming permanent.
Your whole family, teachers, coaches and doctors all must get a better understanding of the effects acne is having on you. This may seem like an awkward and difficult task, but you’ll be surprised by how understanding and compassionate others will be towards your situation. If you feel too shy to bring it up in conversation, then print up this page and leave it on your teacher’s or coach’s desk and/or have your friends and family read it. Send them the link to this page. This will instigate both understanding, support and open communication on something that should not be kept secret. Allow the people who you love or come into contact with on a regular basis know how your acne makes you feel.
You might also want to talk about the myths and realities associated with acne with those you have chosen to consult or discuss your acne. Make certain that they understand that it’s not due to poor dietary habits, poor personal hygiene, or anything else which may lead to the concept it is your fault that you have acne. People need to know that acne isn’t your fault. A supportive family, supportive friends and even a supportive mentor or teacher will help you to no end in preserving your self esteem. I can’t stress this enough.
Support, current information, and the proper acne control treatment regime are all a must when confronted with this skin disease.