Today, I’m going to shine a light on the emotional effects of acne. I mean, we’re all well aware of the physical side, right? Blackheads, whiteheads, cystic acne, etc.
And I imagine that is fairly universal. I could be wrong, but I don’t imagine anyone out there wishes they had more acne. I’m sure some cultures aren’t as concerned about it, but in our society, clear skin is beautiful skin.
The media is quick to attack any celebrity with blemishes. A quick Google search will turn up thousands of articles and photos pointing out different celebrities’s acne.
This only makes us “regular” people more ashamed of our breakouts. It’s hard to feel confident when we’re embarrassed by our own face!
This post was made possible by MD Complete, who provided me with their Acne Clearing System in exchange for an honest review. This post may contain affiliate links which means I may earn a tiny commission (at no cost to you) should you make a purchase.
Acne in Adolescents
If you’re the parent of a teenager who has acne: please get them help. You may not recall as sharply your teenage years, but kids are awful to one another.
I’m 25 and I still remember being teased about my skin.
One time, in particular, I had two large zits on both sides of my forehead. A clever kid decided that they were roughly the spot horns would grow out of. So, he called me the spawn of Satan. Nice, right? In the week or so that it took those zits to heal, he’d loudly tease me at lunchtime. It was humiliating.
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This study found that acne impacts people’s lives significantly. Every area from emotional health to social relations to daily activities was affected. It’s a big deal.
Especially during the teenage years, where building relationships is so important, acne can have devastating effects. Many teens fail to form relationships due to their low self-esteem that their acne contributed to.
Also, a recent study found a strong link between acne and clinical depression. We’re not talking about just feeling a bit down about appearances. This is full-blown depression, an extremely serious mental illness. They found that as the breakouts cleared, the risk for depression diminished.
When I developed acne, I wasn’t really sure what to do. I just lived with it. I definitely grew to resent my parents for not taking me to a dermatologist or getting me on some type of strong treatment for it. But, my relationship with my parents was such that I didn’t ever approach them about it.
Even if your kid isn’t talking about their blemishes, chances are they’re still struggling, and feeling the emotional effects of acne. Reach out to them, offer them help.
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Acne Continued into Adulthood
I (for whatever reason) thought turning 18 would be a big deal. At 18, I would have freedom, power, and clear skin. I’d suddenly be an adult.
Well, nothing happened when I turned 18. Nothing.
I still had acne. I was still ashamed of it. It continued to influence my self-esteem.
Turns out adults get acne, too. But it isn’t as talked about, sadly.
Why not? Because it’s considered something we just grow out of. It’s an adolescent’s disease.
But, it’s not.
And the effects of acne can be just as brutal in adulthood.
People with acne don’t do as well in job interviews (due to both their lack of confidence and the employer’s judgment of their appearance). More people with acne are unemployed than those without it.
And, once a person with acne does get a job, it’s common for them to take sick days when their skin looks particularly bad.
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A doctor in the UK says he is seeing more and more adults (particularly women) with acne, and they usually have very low self-esteem.
A study was done that found 20% of adult acne sufferers had contemplated or even attempted suicide. This is unacceptable.
This study showed that acne in adults resulted in significant “emotional and social impairment”. The effects of acne are pervassive and often intense!
With the number of adult acne sufferers rising, why is acne still considered a teenager’s condition? I don’t know the answer, but I do know that it causes us to feel even more ashamed.
With all of that information, you’re probably wondering what you can do. There are so many different treatments available, it’s hard to know where to start.
I’ve tried a lot of acne products, ranging from drugstore to high end. Sometimes I would see slight improvements, but after a while, it would return.
I swear, my skin gets used to a treatment and figures out how to grow more acne once it’s used to it. 😑
I was able to try MD Complete Skincare and it has been amazing! I absolutely love this stuff.
Why MD Complete?
There are a lot of systems out there. I’m sure you already know that. So what makes MD Complete any different? A few things.
1) They take a “complete” approach and utilize probiotics. I was very intrigued by this and did some research. Because, ya know, I’m a bit of a nerd.
There’s is loads of evidence that probiotics help reduce acne. I couldn’t believe I hadn’t heard of it before.
MD Complete uses Lactobacillus Rhamnosus as well as a prebiotic called Lactoferrin. The Lactoferrin boosts your immune system, fights inflammation (ahem, acne!), and contains good-for-the-skin antioxidants.
Another thing I learned about this powerful protein is that it is found in human breast milk. Colostrum (in case you aren’t a mommy well-versed in breastfeeding) is the first milk produced and includes high levels of Lactoferrin. Because it is antibacterial, Lactoferrin is commonly credited with preventing bacterial infections in young, breastfed infants. How cool is that?
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There’s been research done that suggests the strain of probiotic Lactobacillus Rhamosus helps improve adult acne. MD Complete acknowledges the strong link between stress and acne. When we’re stressed, we experience increased inflammation. Taking a probiotic can help balance you out and give you calmer, brighter skin.
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2) They use a super concentrated formula which means you don’t need to use very much. But, it was formulated for sensitive skin, so it won’t cause your skin to freak out. I didn’t experience any dryness at all.
Their system is formulated to improve ingredients’ penetration while protecting sensitive skin. A lot of other systems warn you to expect irritation at first. And while MD Complete does offer that disclaimer, I’ve had no problems whatsoever. Obviously, you know your skin best, so start slowly if you need to.
And, because of their concentrated formulas, their system is short and sweet. You cleanse, apply a breakout treatment, and then moisturize. There are no complicated directions, it’s all common sense. It’s even labeled: 1, 2, and 3.
3) They offer a 90 day, money-back guarantee! That means you have ample time to try it out with zero risk.
They provide a prepaid shipping label that you can print from their site. You seriously have nothing to lose by trying this out.
Do you or someone you love suffer from acne? Be sure to check out MD Complete for even more information on their system. And remember that you’ll get free shipping on orders over $35 and 15% off your purchase when you buy through my link! With a 90 day, money back guarantee, you have nothing to lose… Well, except your acne!