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How acne affects your self esteem

Posted by National Skin Cancer Centres on May 14, 2019 4:14:43 PM

Acne affects more than just your skin – it can impact your entire life and become a detriment to your confidence, self-esteem, happiness and general outlook on life. While a breakout may be a trivial inconvenience for some, studies have shown that people with severe acne experience social and psychological ramifications at the same level as those suffering from chronic health problems like epilepsy and diabetes. The emotional consequences of acne are not to be taken lightly.

 

acne blogDepression

Having acne has been linked to feelings of depression, anger and anxiety, even for people with mild cases. Adults are just as likely as teens to suffer these negative effects, possibly because their condition has lasted longer or is resistant to treatment, or because there is a greater stigma for adults with acne as it is often mistaken as a teenager’s condition.

 

Social anxiety

Our society puts a great emphasis on physical appearance, yet everyone has something about themselves that makes them feel self-conscious, whether it be the gaps in their teeth, the shape of their nose, or the size of their waist. Acne typically develops on the face – the part of us that we share with the world every day – so it can be difficult to hide and can make us feel embarrassed or uncomfortable. Some people with acne have trouble looking others in the eye, while others avoid social settings altogether, leading to increasing feelings of loneliness.

 

Shame

As the cause of acne can sometimes be related to our diet and general lifestyle, some people feel a sense of guilt or shame that they are somehow responsible for the poor state of their skin. These feelings can be so strong that they stop us from doing what we want to do, including posing for photos and swimming with friends.

 

Getting treatment

Acne doesn’t have to rule your life. While some people struggle to find a treatment that works for them, there are many effective therapies available which can be tailored to suit your circumstances. Seeking treatment can bring about a more positive attitude, even if you have struggled with poor skin for years, and you will start to see an improvement in your self-esteem and quality of life.

Be honest with your doctor and let them know if acne is affecting your ability to live your best life, so that you can get the help you need.

Always consult a qualified professional for specific advice related to your medical conditions and treatment. If you are interested in finding out more about acne treatments that may help you, please give us a call on 6240 4820 to book your consultation with one of our Aesthetic Doctors or a complimentary consult with an Aesthetic Nurse using the SkinScope tool.

 

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137 New Town Road, New Town TAS 7008
P 6240 4820

 

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