Acne is a common experience faced by many and we often assume that it happens to us only during puberty. In actual fact, many people will carry symptoms of acne well past their teenage years, into their 20s. As much as acne is a normal part of many people’s skincare journeys, if left untreated, acne – and the scars it leaves behind – can lead to serious consequences for our wellbeing.
Here’s some ways acne can negatively affect you in the long-run:
- Stress, anxiety, depression
Acne and acne scars are a common cause of stress, anxiety and depression among those who find that they are unable to control their appearance. Without proper treatment, acne worsens and acne scars will not heal – this in turn leads to sustained feelings of stress for the individual.
- Low self-esteem
Self-esteem can be damaged and affected when acne and acne scars remain untreated for the individual. When one is unable to feel happy with the way one looks, this can feed into low self-esteem and affect the spirits of the individual. Worst of all, the individual may become resigned to their appearance and refuse to look for a way to improve their skin and wellbeing.
- Effect on Quality of Life
Acne and acne scars can also have an impact on the individual’s daily life. For those with low self-esteem or anxiety about interacting with others due to their appearance, acne can inhibit and damage one’s social life and work life. For example, it is not uncommon for some people to feel embarrassed about their acne scars when they attend job interviews or go out for a date.
Indeed, we may feel all the more insecure and vulnerable knowing that we are being assessed based on our appearance, and helpless when we cannot do anything about it.
Though acne and acne scarring may contribute to the negative experiences listed above, there are multiple ways to treat them and to reduce the effect they can have over you. If you want to take charge of your skin and prevent your acne from controlling you, here is a list of effective treatments you can explore:
- Oral Medication
Consult a skincare professional who can assess your skin condition and prescribe you the proper oral medication to treat your skin. Sometimes, acne cannot be cleared simply by changing your skincare brands or what you eat. Let a professional advise you on the most effective way to treat your skin.
- Topical skincare and/or medication
Treatment for acne and scarring can also be done by changing your skincare to suit the needs of your skin. Your skincare professional may also choose to prescribe you medication which you can apply on your face to help soothe your acne and acne scars. You shouldn’t rely entirely on medication to improve your skin’s condition – look into better products that will nourish your skin with the help and advice of your skincare professional!
- Medical technology
Apart from oral medication and topical skincare, another effective way to treat acne scars is the use of proven medical technology such as laser treatments. Such treatments have been proven to be safe and will not damage the skin – just check with your skincare professional on the options available and work out with them what is the best for you and your skin.
And remember that no matter what, your skin is only one part of what makes you you and that self-confidence is one of the best ways to deal with acne and acne scars. Everyone’s skincare journey is different – what’s most important is being aware of this and being open to consulting skincare professionals for their advice when you need it.