Looking Beyond your Acne

Looking Beyond your Acne

Posted by Wesley Taylor on

EVERYONE needs to hear this - you ARE more than your acne.

Acne is a common skin condition that many people experience, and it does not define your identity, worth, or beauty. Your value as a person goes far beyond the appearance of your skin.

With that said there is no denying that acne can have a significant impact on your mental health. The visible nature of acne can lead to social anxiety and self-consciousness, impacting social interactions and relationships. It can negatively affect individuals in terms of their psychological well-being, self-esteem, and quality of life.

Kiri (AMPERNA® founder) knows first hand the mental impact of suffering from acne;

“I was suffering so badly with pustular acne and psychological distress I had to have every mirror in our house either removed or covered over with sheets, so I didn’t have to look at my face”.

You can hear more about Kiri's experience with acne here:

@ampernaskin Taking care of your mental health - when you are suffering from skin concerns it truely can take a toll on your mental health. It’s important that we promote taking care of your mental health during your skin healing process not only for your overall wellbeing, but stress levels can lead to health issues including skin concerns. #acne #acnetreatment #acneskin #acneproneskin #acnecheck #acnetips #eczema #eczemaawareness #skinhealth #skincare #mentalhealth #mentalhealthmatters #mentalhealthawareness #holistichealth #holistichealing #holisticwellness #mentalhealthtiktoks #skincaretiktok #acnetiktok #tsw #topicalsteroidwithdrawal ♬ Escapism. Sped up (Official) - RAYE & 070 Shake

 

Acne Awareness Month

During Acne Awareness Month, various organisations, dermatologists, skincare experts, and patient advocacy groups work together to educate the public about acne, debunk myths surrounding the condition, and provide information on how individuals can seek appropriate care and support.

These efforts aim to:

Educate with accurate evidence-based information about acne, including its causes, treatment options, and holistic approaches to managing the condition.

Increase understanding, empathy and reduce stigmatisation by highlighting the impact of acne on psychological well-being and mental health.

Provide resources, support groups, and information about available treatments, products, and lifestyle modifications to help individuals manage acne effectively.

The Acne Community on Social Media

You are not alone.

Social media has had a significant impact on the way acne is perceived and discussed via increased transparency and support for people dealing with acne.

Search #acne #acnepositivity #acnejourney #acnehealing on Instagram and TikTok and you will find a sense of belonging and understanding. People are not afraid to show their true skin and talk about their own personal experiences.

The "acne positivity movement" is an example that aims to bridge the gap between perception and reality, providing support and solidarity for those suffering from acne.

However, it is also important to note that social media can also be filled with mis-information and a barrage of ‘quick fixes’ that end up worsening peoples symptoms and/mental health.

Although the acne community is a positive space to resonate with likeminded peoples struggles, social media plays a complex role in shaping the narrative around acne, offering both positive support and potential negative impacts.

*You should always consult with your doctor, dermatologist, or skin specialist on the right treatment plan for you.

Acne and Mental Health

Managing your mental health when living with acne is an important aspect of coping with the condition. There is a strong relationship between acne and psychological distress, including depression and anxiety. Early and consistent management of mental health is crucial for individuals with acne to reframe negative thoughts, prevent the recurrence of psychiatric disorders, and improve overall quality of life.

Here are some strategies you can implement:

  • Seek Support: Reach out to friends, family, or support groups. Having someone to talk to can make a significant difference in how you cope with the emotional impact of acne.
  • Practice Self-Compassion: Be kind and understanding towards yourself. Avoid self-criticism and negative self-talk. Acne is a common condition and does not define your worth or beauty.
  • Focus on Overall Health: Engage in activities that promote overall well-being, such as regular exercise, mindfulness practices, and hobbies that bring joy. Taking care of your overall health can positively influence your mental state.
  • Consult a Professional: If you are struggling with the emotional impact of acne, consider seeking the help of a mental health professional, such as a therapist or counsellor. They can provide guidance and support in managing the psychological effects of acne.
  • Educate Yourself: Understanding the causes and treatments of acne can help alleviate anxiety and uncertainty. Be proactive in learning about the condition from reliable sources.
  • Maintain a Skincare Routine: Establishing a gentle skincare routine can help manage acne and contribute to a sense of control over the condition.
  • Set Realistic Expectations: Understand that treating acne takes time, and results may not be immediate. Setting realistic expectations can help reduce stress and frustration.

Remember that it is okay to have moments where you feel upset or frustrated about your acne. However, by implementing these strategies, you can work towards managing your mental health and maintaining a positive outlook while living with acne.

Acne does not Define YOU!

Self-acceptance, self-love, and body positivity are crucial for people suffering from acne to embrace.

If Kiri (AMPERNA® founder) could go back 10 years she would tell her younger self;

“It is okay, I am more than just my acne”. She says, “It breaks my heart that I was so hard on myself that I could not bear to look at myself in the mirror.”

If you are struggling with your inner dialogue towards yourself here are some reminders to practice:

  • Self-Worth: Your self-worth is not determined by the presence of acne on your skin. Focus on your strengths, talents, and qualities that make you unique and special.
  • Inner Beauty: Beauty is not solely defined by external appearance. True beauty comes from kindness, compassion, confidence, and how you treat others.
  • Self-Acceptance: Practice self-acceptance and self-love. Embrace all aspects of yourself, including your skin condition, as part of what makes you who you are.
  • Goals and Achievements: Focus on your goals, aspirations, and accomplishments rather than letting acne overshadow your achievements.
  • Support System: Surround yourself with supportive and understanding individuals who value you for who you are beyond your physical appearance.

Remember that everyone faces challenges in different forms, and how you navigate and overcome them can be a testament to your resilience and strength. Take care of yourself holistically, acknowledging the importance of mental, emotional, and physical well-being in your overall sense of self.

If you need help on your acne journey you can contact us at info@amperna.com

 

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