Acne at Work

Facing others at work every day when your skin is broken out can be difficult. I know because most of my working life I’ve had terrible skin. I’ve found out over the years that I made a bigger deal out of it than actually was though.

Here’s the truth – no one at work has ever treated me differently or mentioned my skin issues. It’s like they don’t notice.

I think the reason for this is that every person battles some part of them that they don’t like.

Think about it, it’s human nature. No one person is completely happy with every part of them. Whether it is being overweight, having a lisp, a crooked smile, a bald head…you get the point. Everyone has something.

Sure, ours may be more obvious, but most people are so focused on their own flaws ours is but a blip on their radar. So, it’s really not a huge deal.

Also, who cares what others may think about our skin? If it bothers them, then that’s their problem not ours. They can think whatever they want.

I think there comes a point in your life where you just admit and embrace your flaws. Stop hiding who you are and own it. That’s what I did.

I went through a massive breakout when I went off birth control. I was doing everything I could to improve my skin’s condition, but nothing helped.

The only thing I could do was wait it out and let my hormones settle down. I covered up the break outs with makeup and soldiered through work.

I’m not going to lie, it was hard. Some days were rough and there were many days that I cried and felt depressed.

But one day, I thought to myself I can defeat acne or let it defeat me.

I decided to start acting with more confidence and ignoring my acne. I embraced my skin and learned to not focus on it. It was empowering! And it worked!

My skin cleared up and I had a new-found confidence! Acne no longer had power over me. I even stopped covering up pimples as they popped up. I was finally over it.

I want this for you too. Embrace this part of yourself and make the decision not to let it hold you back.

Please leave your questions and comments below! As always you can reach me at acneveteran@gmail.com! Thanks!

The Positive Impact of Acne

Sometimes I think that we give acne more power than it deserves. There’s no denying that acne sucks, but it’s not as bad as it is made out to be by ourselves and others.

It’s hard to think about positives associates with acne seeing as we are bombarded with unrealistic beauty standards and told repeatedly how acne is embarrassing, No wonder our self esteem takes a hit.

Acne related websites, treatments and advertisements are the worst offenders. They use emotional manipulation tactics to make you feel worse about your acne, so you will buy whatever they are selling.

The best thing to do is stop listening to marketers and remember they are salesmen. They are trying to get you to feel bad about your skin, so you buy what they are selling.

They do it because it works. It worked on me for years. I was embarrassed and ashamed of my skin, so I bought whatever acne “cure” they were promoting.

After years of listening to them and feeling bad, I started to think about if it was true or not. Was acne really negatively impacting my life or was I just listening to people tell that it should be?

Truth is, I haven’t been terribly impacted by it. I mean sure it is annoying and can be embarrassing, but that’s it.

Growing up, I’ve always had friends and didn’t have trouble dating. As I got older, I got married and have been successful in my career. No one has treated me differently.

How about you? Have you ever reflected on acne’s real impact to your life? Did you realize the same thing I did?

I feel my life is strikingly similar to those without acne. In fact, I may be even better off than others since acne has had positive impacts on my life too.

In my quest to find clear skin, I’ve tried everything under the sun to cure my acne and along the way picked up healthy habits.

First habit was eating healthy. I have tried various diets to improve my skin health – all of which are pretty much the same. And eventually eating a clean, healthy diet became my norm.

The second habit I picked up was working out. I learned that I could control what my body looked like even if I couldn’t control my break outs. It was a way to bring some control over my appearance which increased my self-confidence, reduced stress and improved my mood.

And last but not least, I am a caring and humble person. I treat other with kindness and compassion. This may not be skin related, maybe I was just born this way. But I was also just born with acne too and it is part of who I am, so I choose to embrace it and live life like normal. How about you?

Can you think of any ways that acne how positively impacted your life? Please share your thoughts with us and help someone else see acne is not as bad as it may seem! Thanks!