There is a lot of stigma surrounding acne. I myself have struggled with acne for 3 years now and it is definitely a personal struggle. Sometimes it feels as though I am the only one dealing with acne, so I am constantly having to remind myself that acne is actually quite normal and a lot of people suffer from it.
People with acne are often viewed as people who may be unclean, have a high fat/sugary diet and don’t exercise. I for one know this is completely untrue. In fact most people who suffer from acne often have a better cleansing and skin care routine then those lucky enough to be blessed with clear skin. In saying that though, I will agree that there are some products and foods out there which definitely cause breakouts for some people.
Acne is an actual diagnosed medical condition, and more often than not can only be treated with proper treatments and medication (The third post in my ‘acne series’ will be a more in-depth post about what I am doing to treat my own acne). As an actual diagnosed condition, having acne means it is not something that can just disappear overnight like a breakout. Instead it can cost a huge amount of money and time to treat.
After struggling with acne for a number of years I always hoped it would eventually get better. Having acne during year 9 and 10, I didn’t worry about it too much. It was always in the back of mind that my acne would eventually clear up. However after it continued to get worse during year 11, I knew that I needed to take the condition more seriously. Inside, it is something that can definitely affect people’s self-confidence and it certainly affected mine. All I wished for was to have clear, beautiful skin for my school ball last March. After doing so many things to help clear my skin, I went off to the ball unfortunately still struggling with acne. Looking back at the photos from the night, I regret not having tackled the problem when it first arose over 3 years ago.
Breakouts are completely normal, particularly in the hormonal area around the chin. However many people may call these breakouts ‘acne’, making people like me who suffer from actual, diagnosed, severe acne, even more self-conscious about our skin condition.
Being surrounded by people with amazing skin can definitely be a confidence buster. But one thing I have learnt from having acne for this long, is that you cannot let it get to you and in the way of going out and having fun. For me, I am going to continue doing treatments until I finally have the clear skin I have dreamed of since year 9.
There is a lot that people can still learn about acne and there are many barriers which need to be broken in order for the stigma and stereotypes around acne to be changed. For now, here is a little selfie of me. I have kept with the snapchat filter because my skin is currently at its worst and I do not feel confident enough to post a selfie with my skin in its current state. (PSA: This filter blurs out the majority of my acne and redness so although my acne may not look bad in this image, it most definitely is in real life).
I hope you liked this post and if you found this relatable, I would love to hear your story if you also suffer from acne. The next post in the skin care series will be everything I am currently doing to help treat my acne.
Sienna Louise xx