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Title:

Are the lasting effects of acne more than just skin deep?

Word Count:
545

Summary:
A look at the psychological effects of acne

Keywords:
acne, acne skin care, effects of acne, teen acne, psychological effects

Article Body:
The teen years are a trying time for any person. Although the worries and cares of
adulthood are still far into the future, the teen is not exactly a happy and
relaxed person. The carelessness and ignorance of childhood makes room for
rebellion and questions about one�s values and place in the world. Looking for
their own road through life teens feel insecure and, often enough, misunderstood.
Unfortunately, if the search for a place under the sun is not enough, teenagers
also have to deal with other problems, such as acne. This unsightly condition is
the bane of many teenagers because of the effects it has at psychological level.

It doesn�t take a lot to foster a negative self image in a teenager. Most of them
are at least somewhat insecure about their outward appearance because of various
real or imaginary blemishes. But a real condition that causes true discomfort and
mars a young face is something else altogether. The fragile self image and self
respect of teenagers are hard pressed to cope with the pressure exerted by the
opinions of others and the comparisons with various role-models that teenagers find
for themselves. In extreme cases, the negative self image turns into self hatred
and the disfiguring condition is seen as a cruel instrument of self punishment for
failing to rise up to some standard or other.

Teenagers live in small worlds. Parents, friends and the amorphous group of half-
familiar school mates are the limits of their social lives. Naturally, teenagers
tend to attach more importance to the praise or criticism coming from their friends
or school mates, on grounds that parents love you anyway and are fatally biased.
But, since teens can be very cruel to each other, the criticism of school mates is
frequently unkind and meant to hurt. This serves to increase the feelings of
anxiety, insecurity and self hatred, resulting in withdrawal from the social
environment into a private world of pain and shame.

Teenagers are terribly earnest about outward appearances and criticism. They are
still away from the age when human beings come to terms with themselves and are no
longer much interested in what others say or think. Hiding one�s body or face and
feeling ashamed just because somebody else said that this is the thing to do is a
mistake and teenagers should be helped to see this. Acne can be defeated with
persistence and by using the right products. However, the psychological effects of
acne must also be fought, or else they may never go away. The teenager who hated
himself for having pimples on his face will turn into the adult who hates himself
for being a little overweight or not making as much money as some co-worker.

The feeling of discomfort and shame with oneself does not always go away in time.
Sometimes it just finds a new problem to act as its power source. This is the
lasting effect of acne: a poor self image, a lack of confidence and a feeling of
being at a disadvantage when comparing oneself to other people. These moods and
mindsets can ruin anybody�s social life and often they also get in the way of
professional development. Unfortunately, acne is not just skin deep.