People with acne in society are often looked at weirdly and strangely. I know how it feels to be bothered by acne because I’m acne-prone. Having acne drains you emotionally and mentally. I cannot count how many times I wish I had money to do plastic surgery – I’m not sure if that would cure the acne. Still, it shows my desperation, like I really wanted to pull away from my skin that had the whiteheads, blackheads, papules, pustules, nodules, cysts and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Acne hurts both physically and emotionally.
The stares some people will give you will want to make you question if it wasn’t just acne you have—the unsolicited advice, the anxiety when about to step into the public, the social phobia, the poor self-esteem are things an acne-prone person might have experienced. Treating acne and not seeing gradual progress can be depressing and disheartening.
Overcoming acne depression
I know how difficult it is to not get depressed with acne. But this is the time to show the world how strong and capable we are and how acne has nothing to do with our personality. The following tips can help with overcoming acne depression:
- focusing on things you love doing other than your face (I love writing and will rather write on topics I have listed in my journal than sulk on my acne).
- be consistent with your skincare routine (if you don’t have one yet, kindly see a dermatologist). It might be hard to be consistent but see your skincare routine as a food diet you must always eat in order to survive.
- stay away from friends, foes and families who ill-talk about your acne
- join the acne community, either on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.
- most importantly, love yourself.
So, let’s go out boldly, and when someone stares at us or says some nasty things about our acne, we’d yell at them and say, “I have acne and so what?” (LOL! JUST KIDDING. BUT YOU GET THE DRIFT. 🙂 )