It will come as no surprise that acne can make you feel down. Nobody feels their best when their skin is breaking out, do they? But did you know that acne can actually have a serious effect on a sufferer’s emotional health and wellbeing? Many studies have shown that acne sufferers are between 2 and 3 times as likely to suffer from anxiety, depression and low self‐esteem. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be this way, and there are loads of things you can do to help reduce the emotional impact of acne and stop acne ruling your life:
See a healthcare professional
If your acne is moderate or severe, or if you feel like it is affecting you emotionally, it’s important to visit your GP. They can decide on the most appropriate treatment for the type of blemishes you suffer from, which can include stronger, topical creams or antibiotics. Your GP can also put you in touch with a mental health specialist if necessary, to give you tools on how to deal with acne emotionally.
Establish a skincare routine
It’s a myth that acne is caused by poor hygiene but keeping your skin clean and well looked after will help to clear pores and speed up the healing of blemishes. Establish a routine, and make this routine a regular, twice‐a‐day commitment to really reap the benefits. Just don’t overdo it! Washing your face more than twice a day can irritate the skin on your face not affected by acne, causing redness and dryness.