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Mental Health and Your Skin

BY Lili Frances Kerr
Mental Health and Your Skin

Having oily skin and blemishes as an adult can be even more difficult emotionally than it is physically.

Breakouts are usually associated with teenagers, so experiencing it as an adult can be upsetting and confusing, and in some cases lead to anxiety and depression. Having chronic breakouts can affect all areas of life, including your relationships, social situations and work.

When your skin is affecting your mental health, it’s important to start a good skin treatment plan, while adopting practices that support you emotionally.

Social withdrawal

The discomfort of having breakouts can make going out into the world difficult. No matter how severe or mild your breakouts are, if your skin is obsessively on your mind you’ll feel more self-conscious in social situations.

For some people, even very mild cases can be immensely distressing. So if you’re judging yourself for feeling upset about your skin, be compassionate to yourself.

Wanting to hide away is very common, but this doesn’t mean that cancelling plans is the best solution. Be kind to yourself and remember that you’re going through a healing process with your skin. You’re treating it, which takes time, and that’s okay.

Try having the courage to be vulnerable with friends, let them know how you feel and be open to their care and support. Having supportive friends will help you rebuild your confidence and get back to enjoying your social life.

How to work through skin anxiety and depression 

If your skin is affecting your mental health the following steps can help improve your wellbeing.

Step one: Start a good treatment plan

The first step to working through the emotional impact of breakouts is to start a good treatment plan.

Simply knowing that you are taking control of your skin and moving forward will make a difference. If you need extra support, make an appointment with a certified natural therapist so you can feel confident the treatment plan is right for you.

Step two: Be kind to yourself

You may have some good days and some bad days, but try to remember that your skin doesn’t define you or your worth. However you’re feeling, be kind and compassionate to yourself.

Step three: Get support

There are thousands of women online who are going through the same thing as you and feeling part of a supportive community can help if you’re struggling. There are many forums as well as a supportive skin positivity movement on social media that can help you reframe how you feel about your skin.

Your mental health is important, so if you’re having feelings of despair about your skin you should speak to a counsellor or therapist who can help.

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