Is acne affecting your self-confidence? Fumble’s here with tips on overcoming the acne struggle
Lots of children, teenagers and even adults experience acne – which may seem hard to believe in a world where every photo seems to be airbrushed. Those photos of people with flawless skin may make you feel insecure, but don’t worry you’re not alone in the acne journey.
Here’s a few suggestions on how to reduce acne, bust those acne myths, but most of all how to love your acne.
Top Tips to reduce acne
- Wash your face once or twice a day with mild soap – don’t over wash as this may aggravate your skin!
- Use creams that contain benzoyl peroxide.
- Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.
- Resist the temptation to pop that spot!
You may find you still get acne, no matter what you do. This really sucks, but remember it’s completely normal and should improve over time. If it’s really severe you can see your GP for other treatment options.
“Acne is genetic” — FACT
- You’re more likely to have acne if your parents had it. So changing your skin cleaning regime, or eating less chocolate is unlikely to reduce your acne.
“Acne is caused by poor hygiene” — MYTH
- Most of the causes of acne occur under your skin, so fiercely scrubbing your face won’t make a difference, it may actually make it worse.
“Acne is caused by an unhealthy diet — MYTH
- Research shows that eating unhealthy foods and drinks does not contribute to acne. So don’t feel bad about indulging in that occasional chocolate bar.
“Squeezing spots is the best way to get rid of spots — MYTH
- This is a no no. It can lead to scarring or may make the spots worse.
“Acne is infectious — MYTH
- It can’t be spread from person to person.
“Acne is more common in women than men” — FACT
- More women than men experience acne. Research suggests that it may be due to changing hormone levels. Your acne may worsen before your period, during pregnancy, or you may suffer from polycystic ovary syndrome.
Love your acne
Recently, young teens have been owning their acne by posting photos of their bare skin on instagram. And they look fabulous. Don’t let your acne control your life. You are more than your acne. So embrace your beautiful self, acne and all!
Out of all my posts, I never expected a simple selfie with no filter and a face of acne to blow up so quickly, but I’m happy it turned out that way. 241 comments and counting. Some are negative, but to my surprise the vast majority are incredibly positive and uplifting. (Yes, I do read everything.) Acne is such a natural thing that everyone gets at least once in their lives and it doesn’t deter from your own beauty. It’s not gross or ugly and if someone has acne, it doesn’t mean they are dirty or that they don’t wash their face. Acne doesn’t make you ugly, but a heart filled with hate does. I will gladly take one for the team and suck up a few negative opinions, just so long as I can inspire even just one person to love themselves. I love you guys so damn much. #positivity #spreadpeace #acne #spottyandcute
PSA: to all my girls n guys acne, all of the hormonal preteen monsters and all of the adults with acne and EVERYBODY in between that’s been insecure of their acne, YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL! With all the people speaking out w their experience in the petty fight, I wanted to address this. I’m a teenager and I have acne! Non inflammatory, mild acne. I’ve had it so far for 3 years. I’ve had ups and downs with it, but every day I learn to accept it a little more. Acne would take over my mind and stress me out to the point where I was in tears! I would be afraid to look people in the eye, and even talk to my best friends. It took a toll on me physically and psychologically, which completely destructed my self esteem. I don’t even have it so bad, but as someone who’s dealt and is dealing with it, it does have great affects on me. If I had to list all of my knowledge on products and remedies that I’ve gone through, it would go on forever. Acne still frustrates me for obvious reasons, but instead of tearing myself down for it, I had to realize:its normal! I’m in that ‘age,’ and that’s okay! If you’re 20 and you still have it, that’s okay,! If you have cystic acne, tons of whiteheads, blackheads, papules, nodules, the list goes on and on, it’s okay. You are beautiful. For those people that have tried everything and their skin still won’t clear, it’s okay! For those of you that were lucky enough to clear your acne, congratulations!! Seriously. A big part of dealing with this is realizing that it is not the only thing about you. Realizing that you are still resilient and incredible. As for me, I’m taking care of my diet, hydration skin and overall health. It’ll take time, but its okay. Acne has made me understand myself and others better believe it or not. I feel like after dealing with it I am more open minded and understanding of people going through it or any other sort of condition. Dismiss anyone insisting that you are less than you are for it. They don’t understand what you have gone through, they are in the wrong for being ignorant. So this was what I have to say. Disagree or agree. If you want, comment your story. To everyone with acne- You are beautiful.