Sometimes, you hardly see any improvement on your acne when you use an acne clearing device alone. It is a frustrating experience when you have tried product after product without much success. It doesn’t matter if the treatment is recommended by your dermatologist or your friends who are proponents of home remedies.
It comes to a point that you think your acne can’t be treated and you’re thinking of throwing in the towel.
However, if you understand your skin better, there is a turning point. Have you ever thought of approaching your acne from the emotional angle?
One of the causing factors for acne is stress. You’ll find plenty of research on the link between stress and acne. If you are a teenager who experience a lot of stress, your risk of acne shoots up by 23%, according to a study by the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. If you are preparing for your exams and feeling stress at the same time, you are likely to have acne.
So why does stress trigger acne? When you are under pressure, your body will release more cortisol, a hormone. It can encourage the sebaceous glands to increase the production of sebum. When your pores are overflowed with sebum, clogging occurs, which lead to the formation of pimples. Furthermore, too much cortisol can lead to inflammation, making the skin less effective in self healing.
If you don’t manage your stress well, your acne problem can turn into a vicious cycle. So it important that you should find ways to relieve your stress.
You also need to be aware that your feelings towards your skin can make a huge difference on your acne. It may be difficult at first to accept the condition of your skin. But if you want to get out of this vicious cycle, you have to change your perception about your skin so healing can begin.
How do you transform your perception from negative ones to something more constructive like “my skin is awesome”?
You can begin by improving your self-image every day. Here are some ideas you can try.
- When you have acne, you don’t feel good about your skin. You need to create an outlet to vent your negative feelings. You can write them down in your diary or talk to someone you trust about your emotions. By doing so, it allows you to transit from non-acceptance to acceptance. While releasing your negative emotions, you also reduce your stress, promoting the self healing within your skin.
- Meditation is an effective way to deal with skin problems like acne. Choose a quiet time with your eyes closed. This allows you to visualize the positive transformation of your skin. You are in charge of what goes into your mind.
- Look into a mirror and say something nice about yourself. Don’t focus on the flaws. Be kind to yourself:
- You may excuse yourself from attending social events because you feel embarrassed about your skin. You will only do so when your acne is cleared. However, this behavior will only keep your isolated. You need to overcome this fear. Don’t allow it to hold you back.