What it is like living with Acne.
Living with acne can have a devastating effect on one’s self esteem. Most people even have a crippling fear of leaving the house. Unaffected ones think nothing of leaving home only putting on some makeup if they feel like it. It is never as simple for someone who has acne as it all depends on the state of your skin that day.
Here is what it is like living with Acne:
- Maybe well intended but people always giving you unasked for advice about your skin that never really works
- People can be very mean. Name calling begins in your teens until way into your adult years. People ask you “what is wrong with your face”, “have you tried seeing a dermatologist” and “do better with your makeup”.
- Persistent persons always quick to recommend using medication which is usually harsh and has most unpleasant side effects plus you’ve been there and done that already!
- The urge to pick at your pimples always exists because in the moment it feels like just popping the pimple will help but it just worsens the problem by spreading the bacteria across your face and increases your chances of infection.
Acne has 5 causative factors which are as follows: sebaceous glands, androgens, keratin plugs, bacteria which thrive in clogged pores, inflammation that evolve into cysts, pimples and blackheads. There is no single cause for oily and acne prone skin. Acne can be of a genetic origin or caused by external factors. Contributing factors to acne include: Hormonal fluctuations, stress, medication, climatic conditions to name a few.
In most studies, it is seen that people with acne often experience social, emotional and psychological consequences which should not be taken lightly. Acne leaves you feeling depressed, overwhelmed and anxious.
Society and Social Media puts a lot of pressure on us to look good and we think that we will be judged on our appearance. Everyone has something that they are not too happy about in their appearance. Be it the shape of their nose, size of their lips scars or size of thighs. But because acne often shows on your face, the part that you introduce first to the world it has even more of an impact. Most people with acne feel embarrassed and uncomfortable and leads to their social life being affected.
People believe that acne is something only young adults go through which is false as a lot of adults also have adult acne.
Bullying and acne often go hand in hand. Acne is a common cause of bullying in adolescents. The impact of acne on teenagers is often so severe that it can lead to thoughts of killing themselves. Parents do not discuss these issues with their children which also worsens the problem as they feel as it is something that could possibly upset them, and it is uncomfortable for them. Teenagers hesitate to bring it up to their parents not realizing that this is treatable.
DMK South Africa is venturing on a drive to assist all persons in dealing with acne.
DMK offers a natural curative approach utilising botanical pharmacology to harness the skin’s own inherent ability to restore its functionality.
Throughout the year, DMK will host seminars and school initiatives where they will educate and help students deal with acne and let them know that they are not alone. All teenagers and sufferers of acne must know that there are safe, affordable solutions available.