“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.”
– E.E. Cummings
It’s no surprise that acne can have a major impact on psyche and social habits, causing insecurity, shyness, and overall low self-esteem for people of all personality types. We can all agree that acne isn’t exactly cool, but that doesn’t mean the people below the bumps aren’t.
Hiding from the camera, cowering in the dark corner at work mixers, and avoiding the dating game is no way to combat skin anxieties. When you shield your face you’re also concealing all the other unique bits of your lovely self. Upping your confidence will definitely take time and diligence, but small changes promise big, feel-good results.
Dear diary: today’s breakout made me extra nervous for my big presentation at work. Or… my date with John went so well that I totally forgot about that awful zit on my chin. Keeping a journal organizes your thoughts and helps you work though frustrations, anxieties, goals and accomplishments.
Don’t keep your feelings all bundled up. Lean on a friend who will listen with full attention and remind you why they think you’re swell.
It might be tough to crack a joke but a little self deprecating humor is one of the oldest tricks in the comedy book to get the crowd on your side. Everyone has experienced a breakout at some point in their life, so throwing in a little wit about your acne might help people relate to you and ease some of your tension. All that said, be nice—don’t throw yourself, or others, under the bus.