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Acne's Effect On Mental Health & Self-Esteem

The Mood Unfiltered team wanted to touch on an issue that is more commonly present than it is talked about amongst clinicians.


Acne has afflicted a lot of people with their skin on their face or other parts of their body & we wanted to focus on how it affects a person's emotional well-being. It's been noted from the American Academy Dermatology Association that acne has an evident effect on a person's mental health.


Tiffany & Richard share their take about how acne can have a huge toll on a person when they're young & how a nonjudgmental approach can allow others to feel more comfortable with themselves if they have acne.



Acne is a common skin condition that affects people of all ages. It's characterized by pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, or cysts that are most often found on the face, neck, chest, back and shoulders.


Acne can be hereditary or it can be triggered by hormones. It can also affect how people see themselves, their self-esteem, and self-confidence by making them feel insecure and ashamed of their appearance


Some people with acne will develop feelings of perfectionism because they do not want to go out in public due to their appearance which leads them into depression or anxiety.


Society also has elevated expectations for physical standards which makes it difficult for some people with acne to feel confident about themselves just as they are.


Acne is a skin condition that affects people & shouldn't be treated as a life-altering diagnosis. From the outside, people would care less about who has acne & who doesn't. However, it's people who have acne that may have this notion that when people look at them a certain way, it's because of their acne.


This feeling of inadequacy can be exacerbated by people who are willing to exploit a person's acne for entertainment purposes. This is an unfortunate form of bullying that occurs & important to acknowledge because of the effects bullying has on a person.


For people who are considering going to counseling, acne is a worthwhile topic to bring to sessions if it does internally bother a person enough. For clinicians, acne can be something to note as how a person feels about themselves can reveal more details about how & why a person feels the way that they do.


One of the most important attributes it is to have not only as a competent counselor but as a caring person is being nonjudgmental.


Often, we don't know what other people are experiencing with things going on in their lives. Likewise, we don't know how something makes a person feel. Behind closed doors, a person can feel terrible on the inside because of something they wish they had more control over.


As everyone has experienced acne or standard of appearance, it's prudent to be kind to oneself and others. We want our readers to know that we understand the power of words and are aware of the struggles involved with an evolving society.


For those who are experiencing acne & it affects your mental health. Click on the AADA resource list below:

-https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/acne



References:

-https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/acne/acne-emotional-effects

-https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1069804-overview#a3





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Disclaimer:

Please consult your doctor or clinician on your health status before making any changes to treatments. While we strive to work towards providing better insights in the field of mental health, our views & opinions should not be reflected as medical advice.

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