Thursday, 30 November 2017

How to deal with ACNE

Hello lovely people,

Today's post is going to be all about acne (DUN DUN DUNNN) and how to deal with it.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology over 85% of people between the ages of 12 and 24 experience at least minor acne. It is the most common skin condition in the US, affecting over 50 million Americans annually.

Despite stats like these, acne is seriously underrepresented in mainstream media, TV programmes, advertisements and movies. It is seen largely as a defect that should be eliminated. It's no wonder acne can cause issues such as poor self esteem, anxiety and depression.

If acne is so natural and normal then why are we so ashamed of it?

So companies (and individuals) can make money from it, of course!

I have tried countless lotions and potions all claiming to 'fix' my skin. Not to mention the elimination diets, vitamins, pills etc. Some of them reduced my acne, some of them
didn't but ultimately nothing completely got rid of my acne.

The only thing that has really helped me deal with my acne is body positivity (which I will talk about more in depth in an upcoming post). By that, I mean accepting my acne and not trying to blast it off my face.

So, without further ado, here are my top 5 tips for dealing with acne:

1. Understand that there is nothing inherently bad about your acne

I am slowly coming to terms with the fact that acne-related shame (and any body-image-related shame) is a learnt reaction. In simple terms, we have been conditioned to feel this way so that people can make money from it. It is a multi-billion dollar industry that would collapse if we loved and accepted ourselves the way we are. The make-up and skin care industry, the weight loss industry, the cosmetic surgery industry to name but a few. It is also important to note that acne is a feminist issue; while all genders are affected by acne, women in particular are bombarded with messages on a daily basis telling us that beautiful is the best thing we can be. Acne is never included in that definition of beautiful.

2: Remove negative descriptors

The way you talk about your acne is going to affect how you feel about it. When describing your acne avoid phrases such as 'problem skin', ''blemish' 'flaw' 'good/bad skin day' 'improving/worsening' as well as more obvious words like 'awful' disgusting' 'ugly'. Try to talk about your acne in a neutral way. For example: 'I have a lot of acne on my face/back/chest today' 'I have less acne today than yesterday'.

3. Don't expect to see someone with clear skin when you look in the mirror

Just don't. This is a difficult habit to break but if you keep imagining what you would look like with clear skin then you're going to be permanently disappointed. When you look in the mirror try to see your acne as just another feature on your face. Understand that your acne is a (small) part of you.

4. Know that your outward appearance has nothing to do with your worth

Contrary to popular belief, the way that you look is the least important thing about you. At the end of the day, nobody cares what you look like (usually because they're so preoccupied with their own appearance). There are so many wonderful things about you that are much more interesting than fitting into a distorted beauty ideal. Focus on those things.

5. Go make up free

Trust me, I know first hand how scary this can be. Even if you manage a trip to the shop or spending time with friends/family without make up, it will be such a victory. Because once you realise that nobody will treat you any differently without make up, the world becomes a lot less scary. It is so important to cultivate a healthy relationship with make up so that wearing it is fun and expressive, not a necessity.

This is still very much a work in progress for me, nevertheless I hope that these tips have been helpful!

Let me know what you think in the comments below, have you ever felt below par due to acne?

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I leave you with this quote:

'She wins who calls herself beautiful and challenges the world to change to truly see her' 
Naomi Wolf - The Beauty Myth

Until the next time,

 N xxx

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