How to Deal with The Emotional Impact of Acne

April 9, 2013 by ehballa001  
Published in Skin

My thought-process on acne, and how to handle its traumatizing effects.

Acne is just as much a mental disease, as it is a physical disease. The scarring on the face reflects the scarring on the mind. The inflammation in the cheeks inflame your bits of self-confidence. Simply put, acne just wears on the mind.

Before I get started on how to deal with mental acne issues, I want to tell a little bit about myself. I am currently on day 10 of accutane, during my worst acne breakout ever. This isn’t a looking back at the past, you can do it, be strong thing; this is a now thing. As I type this I can say people constantly scan my face (I don’t blame them I have several cysts and 50+ pimples.) and sometimes ask what’s wrong. 

But you know what? I absolutely love my life. I love every minute of it. I can honestly say I do and I came to this mindset with one thing. It’s called Realization

You must realize what’s really going on! You yourself is the thing worrying about your acne. If you know that you are you, and the acne comes with it, so be it! Let people stare, its natural of them. Thank people for their concern. When someone looks at you with that disgusted look, don’t think “Oh my god I need to fix this,” instead look into that person and think, “Wow. What a smug person for judging someone so easily just by their skin.” 

You are what you say you are. If you say you’ll be happy when your acne clears, I’m sure that’s true, but if you say you’re going to be happy no matter what, it will be just as valid. You control your mindset, not the ones judging you. You must realize this.

Some may read this, follow what I’m saying, and take it in logically, yet get nothing out of it. It’s because you must actually feel the way I’m describing! You must keep thinking how happy you are until you actually feel it. Fake it ’til you make it! You live in the reality you allow your mind to create. Make a conscious effort to flip the switch and get ahold of yourself. Why wait for clear skin to be happy? Why not try? But hey, if being depressed and anxious and pissed all the time is your thing, keep doing what you’re doing. 

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