You’re all set to go to a party, but then you change your mind because you get a bad breakout or you find yourself not wanting to go out with friends. You avoid mirrors. Any of these sound familiar?
Acne can change the way you feel about yourself. It can make you feel self-conscious, embarrassed, ashamed and angry. Well, to a large extent, these feelings are completely normal.
It’s okay if you feel this way. You don’t have to pretend acne doesn’t bother you. Acknowledge these feelings. Bring them out into the open. Talk to someone who is supportive. Often just opening up helps you feel better.
Stop letting acne dictate your social schedule. It’s easier said than done, but it’s important that you not let acne rule your life. You’re much more than your skin.
There are things you can do to help protect and build your self-esteem. The good news is, just starting treatment often gives you a boost because it helps you feel more in control of your acne.
If acne is affecting you to the point where you feel like it’s taking over your life, let your doctor know. It may mean you need to treat your acne more aggressively to get the improvement you’re looking for.