Are the lasting effects of acne more than just skin deep?
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The teen years are a trying time for any person. Although the worries and cares
of adulthood are still far into the future, the teen is not exactly a happy and
relaxed person. The carelessness and ignorance of childhood makes room for
rebellion and questions about one’s values and place in the world. Looking for
their own road through life teens feel insecure and, often enough,
misunderstood. Unfortunately, if the search for a place under the sun is not
enough, teenagers also have to deal with other problems, such as acne. This
unsightly condition is the bane of many teenagers because of the effects it has
at psychological level.
It doesn’t take a lot to foster a negative self image in a teenager. Most of
them are at least somewhat insecure about their outward appearance because of
various real or imaginary blemishes. But a real condition that causes true
discomfort and mars a young face is something else altogether. The fragile self
image and self respect of teenagers are hard pressed to cope with the pressure
exerted by the opinions of others and the comparisons with various role-models
that teenagers find for themselves. In extreme cases, the negative self image
turns into self hatred and the disfiguring condition is seen as a cruel
instrument of self punishment for failing to rise up to some standard or other.
Teenagers live in small worlds. Parents, friends and the amorphous group of
half-familiar school mates are the limits of their social lives. Naturally,
teenagers tend to attach more importance to the praise or criticism coming from
their friends or school mates, on grounds that parents love you anyway and are
fatally biased. But, since teens can be very cruel to each other, the criticism
of school mates is frequently unkind and meant to hurt. This serves to increase
the feelings of anxiety, insecurity and self hatred, resulting in withdrawal
from the social environment into a private world of pain and shame.
Teenagers are terribly earnest about outward appearances and criticism. They are
still away from the age when human beings come to terms with themselves and are
no longer much interested in what others say or think. Hiding one’s body or face
and feeling ashamed just because somebody else said that this is the thing to do
is a mistake and teenagers should be helped to see this. Acne can be defeated
with persistence and by using the right products. However, the psychological
effects of acne must also be fought, or else they may never go away.
The teenager who hated himself for having pimples on his face will turn into the
adult who hates himself for being a little overweight or not making as much
money as some co-worker.
The feeling of discomfort and shame with oneself does not always go away in
time. Sometimes it just finds a new problem to act as its power source. This is
the lasting effect of acne: a poor self image, a lack of confidence and a
feeling of being at a disadvantage when comparing oneself to other people. These
moods and mindsets can ruin anybody’s social life and often times they also get
in the way of professional development. Unfortunately, acne is not just skin
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