No matter how commonplace teenage acne is, it’s still one of the biggest reasons many teenagers admit to having low self-esteem. It’s important to remember, however, that teens who don’t have acne are the minority: Some nine out of 10 teens experience trouble with this dermatology issue. If you have acne, there are several steps you can take to regain control over your visage – and your life.
Recognize How Acne Affects Your Life
Think about all of the times you’ve refrained from doing something, or felt awkward because of your breakouts, and write them down. Did you avoid asking someone on a date because you feared he or she would take one look at your face and make a run for it? As you write down these instances, you should become more aware of the power your acne has over your mind. You may even come to understand that your behavior was silly; your skin condition shouldn’t control your lifestyle.
Watch Your Diet To Help Prevent Acne
Certain diet tips can help. Foods such as french fries, white bread, and soda elevate blood sugar too quickly–and the pancreas responds by producing extra insulin to reduce those sugar levels. As an unintended consequence, the insulin also signals the sebaceous glands to manufacture and secrete sebum, the oil-like substance that’s carried to our pores via hair follicles. In limited quantities, sebum is just fine; it washes away dead cells and moisturizes your skin. But too much causes the bacterium P. acnes to multiply and plug up the hair folicle. The result? White heads and blackheads on your chin and forehead.
Check in with a Dermatologist
A doctor specializing in skin conditions can be just what your face needs for ultimate relief. There are modern treatments available for even the worst acne breakouts. If you have already been to the dermatologist with little effect, make another appointment to have your situation reevaluated. There may be another medication more suitable to your skin’s unique needs.
Go Easy on the Makeup
For girls, the first instinct may be to cover up an acne breakout with makeup, but this can further complicate the issue. You may not be able to face an entire week at school sans foundation, but even one day without it will be helpful for your skin.
Enjoy Your Life
Return to the list you made of all the ways in which your skin condition is holding you back, and start thinking about the things you would do if there were no such thing as acne. Now do them. Don’t wait until it’s too late to realize that life shouldn’t revolve around skin troubles.
Guest post by Hayley Granton who is a freelance writer and blogger.