Acne's Impact On Self-esteem

December 06, 2016 2 min read 0 Comments

By: HarriG.

As anyone who has suffered from acne can tell you, we all have experienced some sort of dysphoria towards the way we look and how acne can change the way we perceive ourselves. As someone who suffered from severe acne in my teenage years, I can definitely say that my self-esteem took a hit. In this article, I’ll be telling you reasons why it’s not the end of the world if you have acne and the ways I comforted myself in this endeavor.

Reason 1 – Your acne is probably more noticeable to you than how others see you. I have had plenty of experiences where I thought my acne looked horrific on particular days but my friends insisted that I looked completely fine and my spots were barely noticeable. Looking back, I realize now that I was being so harsh on myself and how I painted myself to be ‘ugly’. If you’re an acne sufferer, one day you’ll be able to do the same. Overall, don’t be so harsh on yourself and look towards beating your acne and what the future holds.

Reason 2 – You are not alone. You are not the only person going through what you’re going through with your acne troubles. If you do feel like you’re fighting this battle alone then get into contact with someone going through something similar. See if you can reach out to someone on and drop them an email. Hell, there are plenty of videos on YouTube sharing their experiences with acne and you might find content in the way they have progressed in hopes you can do the same. Maybe if you comment on their video, they might be able to give you some comfort with your personal story.

Reason 3 – Acne cannot stop you from doing what you want to do. It is you who stops yourself from becoming the greatest version of yourself. They have been many acne sufferers who have made it to their dream jobs and their experiences of acne have only made them stronger as people. For example, the actor Cameron Diaz used to suffer from acne but that did not hold her back from becoming an actor. In conclusion, don’t limit yourself because of your acne, think about how it will make you a stronger person and how you can use that to strive to do anything.

In summary, I just want to say that don’t let your acne get in your way in life. There may be moments where you don’t think you’re good enough or that you’re not worth anything but me, and many others, can tell you it does get better. So please, be happy with who you are and you decide what defines you.

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