Many people who have adult-onset acne feel awful as a result. They don’t like the way they look, they feel it hurts them in the dating game, and it can lead to depression. In fact, acne do as much damage to one’s self-esteem as any other trait.
When we look in the mirror we see our face. Our face is uniquely precious to us. If we don’t like our height or our weight, the size and shape of our butt or breasts, etc., those things are often shrugged off. For one thing, we feel like different people look for different things.
For women, thick has been in for quite some time now (thank you, Kim Kardashian), so while some ladies have qualms about having a serious pear shape, it’s not a deal breaker for their self-esteem.
But the face. What we see when we look in the mirror. What we spend hours in hope against hope with body washes and face washes and harsher products. We can’t stand the red spots that seem to be so much more than that.
However, there are ways around sinking into the quicksand of low self-esteem and general gloom. Here they are.
- Accentuate the Positive– Have you ever met someone who isn’t extremely attractive in the traditional sense but who comes across as attractive? Who’s sought after by girls or guys? Maybe that magnet carries himself or herself with a lot of confidence. He or she has found something (probably things) to love in themselves, and they’re accentuating them. They show off their humor, their intelligence, their dance moves, their caring personality, etc.
- Refuse to Think you Look Bad– Teenagers all have zits, and they’re all crawling all over each other, making out in basements, etc. Is it really true, no matter how annoying and disappointing acne is, that it’s a deal breaker?
What about the shape of your face and your cheekbones? Your hair? Your physique, no matter which gender you are? Sometimes we look at ourselves with prejudiced eyes, ignoring our strengths and fixating on imperfections. If you convince yourself you’re bad-looking due to acne, you’ll walk around projecting negative energy.
- Don’t Tell Yourself You Have No Options– I’ve heard people say you have to be a millionaire to fight acne, what with all the expensive products, having to see a dermatologist, etc. Before you give up, even if you’ve tried a few products, keep doing research.
It’s possible that you’ve used some of the wrong products, ones that clog pores and only make your problem worse. Once you look around a bit more, you may find there are vitamin supplements, foundations for acne, or other products that supply natural ingredients that stop the causes of acne. As one hint, look for Vitamin B!
- Live a well-rounded life– The more people find balance in their lives, the less likely they are to get down about appearance issues. Now, don’t get me wrong, appearance is extremely important, and you have a right to look the way you want to.
But you also have both a right and a responsibility to focus on your health, your friendships, your spirituality, etc. There’s no better cure for fixating on the negatives that rounding out your interests and passions.
I understand being frustrated by acne. But you’ve done that—it’s now time to let yourself move on!