You don’t have to be a genius to realize that acne is hard on the self esteem.
And if you are someone who has battled acne for a long time like I have, no one has to tell you how downright devastating it is to your self worth.
Let me tell you my story so that you know you aren’t alone. And also that there is hope for finding your way into a more peaceful, empowered relationship with yourself and your skin.
Acne: The Great Self-Esteem Ruiner
“There’s a product for that, you know” — quote: insensitive a-holes
For a few years, I battled against the type of acne that was so self esteem ruining — so bad, so ugly, so disgusting, that friends and strangers alike would all put in their two-cents:
“You should do something about your skin”, they would say.
Over the years, I received the weirdest pieces of advice.
For instance, a vague acquaintance once invited me to her house, to try her state-of-the-art colon cleansing machine for a week.
Hm, no, thank you?!
Drink more water, try that snake oil moisturizer, do a coconut water-only fast, stop wearing sunblock (in Australia!)…
I am ashamed to say it, but I listened to every piece of skin advice I ever received, because it had worked for a friend of a friend of a friend.
I bought all the creams and peels, and I was on all sort of weird diets and fasts.
But what had apparently worked for countless others never seemed to work for me.
I knew that most of it was probably rubbish. But my self esteem was so trashed, and I was so desperate to clear my skin, that I gave anything a try.
If you’re reading this article, you can probably relate to my story! [Read more…]