Adult Acne is an irritating and annoying problem that requires prior attention. As per acne.org, adult acne affects 25% of adult men and 50% of adult women at some time in their adult lives. 33% of adults affected with facial acne also have acne on their back and body. Not the only acne is just a physical problem, it also affects one’s mental health by hitting their confidence and self-esteem badly.
The article shares few experiences of people who struggled with severe acne and what they felt in their entire journey.
- Harriet was quite introvert and shy personality and her acne drew some unwanted attention.
“I think, for quite a long time it sort of defines you and it affects your day to day life. And I think it does affect your identity and how you see yourself because you sort of see yourself through that, as opposed to seeing like who you are. It just gets in the way of that. And for a while, like yeah it does, it makes you feel like less confident and like you do need to like wear make-up to look good, so yeh.
I try to be quite positive about it but sometimes it was frustrating cos I just, I didn’t want it, I just… it annoyed me, like I just didn’t really understand why I had to have it so, that was quite annoying.”
- Acne deals with not just a pimple, once you squeeze it, your problem worsen because of scar it leaves behind. One could feel self-conscious about scarring even if others didn’t notice it, although scars could fade over time.
“I think one of the main sorts of things that I really worried when I had the condition, I also got acne on my chest and I got a run of scarring. So I had eventually I had treatment for that. I had steroid injections because I had keloid scarring and I think once I’d had that and they’d flattened out a lot, I felt a lot more confident then and so things started to improve at that point. So I think that’s the big sort of, for me.”
- Stress and Acne has an amicable relationship
“Three years ago, my skin broke with, in my eyes, severe adult acne. I was devastated to say the least. My self-esteem and self confidence entirely depleted as every day I looked in the mirror and saw an ugly face. My skin was sore, it was full of pimples and it embarrassed me. At this time in my life I was going through a lot of stress which is probably the reason why my skin broke out, because it was trying to SHOW me I needed a break, I needed to be kind to myself.”
- When one feels defeated by Acne
“I didn’t start my battle with acne until way later in life," said Meka Duncan-Williams. "I always had clear skin throughout my teens and early twenties. I was so embarrassed by my acne that didn’t feel comfortable in my own skin. I didn’t really even want to go out to social events anymore, and I turned to the internet for resources and realized that I am not alone. There are so many women about there that are also suffering from adult acne and that may be feeling the same emotions that I was feeling.”