The Emotional and Social Impact of Skin Concerns
How to Feel More Confident in Your Own Skin
They say beauty is skin deep, but when you have less than perfect skin, it can take a toll on your self-esteem and rattle your self-confidence.
The good news is that having healthy-looking skin isn’t far out of reach, and there are many ways to improve the look of your skin, while also boosting your self-esteem.
What is Self Esteem and Why is it Important?
Self Esteem refers to a person’s overall sense of self-worth or personal value. Having strong self-esteem is incredibly important because it can heavily influence the way you see yourself along with your life choices and other decisions.
Self-esteem is powerful enough to impact several different aspects of your life, such as your:
- internal happiness,
- and success in life
Here are some of the key factors that can lead to having low self-esteem:
- Body image
- Social experiences
- Physical appearance
- Skin problems
Common Skin Concerns – #WhatsYourSkinsLifestyle?
Skin problems are a major factor affecting a person’s self-esteem. Here are some examples of the most common skin insecurities.
Acne is a common skin condition caused by hair follicles becoming plugged with oil and dead skin cells, resulting in whiteheads, blackheads, and pimples on the face, forehead, chest, upper back, and shoulders.
And while acne is often associated with teenagers, it can show up on your skin at any stage in life, wreaking havoc on your self-confidence.
Getting acne as an adult, in particular, can feel lonely and isolating, as you may feel like you’re the only person your age experiencing this condition. However, it’s important to know that acne at any age is incredibly common and very easily treated.
Whiteheads and blackheads are the most common forms of acne, however, other types of acne lesions can also pop up, such as:
- Papules – Small, red, bumps due to inflamed or infected hair follicles
- Pustules – red, raised pimples filled with yellow pus
- Nodules – Hard, painful bumps beneath the surface of your skin.
- Cysts – large, often painful bumps beneath the skin that contain fluid, tissue, or dead skin
So what exactly causes acne? It could be a variety of factors.
Here are some of the most common reasons people get acne:
- Excess oil production
- Bacteria build up in your pores
- Using certain makeup and skincare products
The good news is that there are many effective ways to treat acne.
Here are a few options to help get rid of acne at home:
- Using an antibacterial cleanser to wash your skin twice a day
- Use exfoliating cleansers and masks containing salicylic acid
- Applying topical gel, cream, or lotion containing benzoyl peroxide, sulphur, or resorcinol to the affected area.
You can also prevent acne from occurring in the first place by:
- Washing your face twice a day with an oil-free cleanser
- Avoiding makeup containing oil and other irritating ingredients
- Removing your makeup and cleansing your skin every night
- Showering after exercising
- Drinking lots of water
- Reducing stress
Depending on the severity of your acne, seeing a dermatologist can help to reduce your acne and prevent scarring.
Rosacea is a common skin condition resulting in redness of the face along with visible blood vessels. It can also cause small, red, pus-filled bumps.
While rosacea can happen to anyone, it mainly affects middle-aged women with fair skin.
Since the cause of rosacea is unknown, there’s no way to prevent rosacea from occurring in the first place. However, you can treat symptoms and prevent flare-ups.
Treatment options include:
- Medications that reduce redness
- Oral antibiotics
- Laser therapy
Speak to a skincare expert for further advice about how to manage your rosacea.
Whenever there is trauma to the skin (think cuts, burns, and even acne) scars can appear when too much or too little collagen is produced to heal the wound.
Depending on the severity of the wound, some scars can be more noticeable than others and become a source of embarrassment.
For minor scarring, here are some treatments you can try at home:
- Vitamin E
- Salicylic acid
- Lactic acid
For more severe scarring that you are self-conscious about, ask your dermatologist or skincare professional about scar removal techniques such as laser rejuvenation.
Laser rejuvenation is a non-ablative treatment that uses infrared laser pulses to heat your skin’s inner layer to promote collagen production in the scar tissue.
As a result, the treatment helps to generate new skin cells to replace the scar’s damaged cells.
Sun Damaged Skin
Whenever it’s nice and warm outside, we all love getting out and soaking up some sun. Unfortunately, though, getting too much sun exposure can lead to some serious skin damage.
The heat from the sun not only causes your skin to burn but dries it out and depletes your skin of its natural lubricating oils and leads to long-term changes in your skin’s structure.
These changes include collagen damage, skin abnormalities, premature aging and wrinkles, and bleeding from fragile blood vessels beneath the skin.
Plus, with repeated sun exposure and damage, your risk of melanoma and other forms of skin cancer increases dramatically.
Here are some of the best ways you can prevent sun damage while still enjoying time outdoors:
- Apply sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher that protects from both UV-A and UV-B rays before you go outside. Be sure to reapply every hour.
- Apply a specially formulated sunblock on your lips that has at least an SPF of 20.
- Limit your time outdoors between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
- Wear sunglasses.
- Wear long pants, long sleeves, and a hat with a wide brim.
Most effects of long-term sun damage are permanent and difficult to reverse, however, you may be able to improve the appearance of your skin by asking your doctor to prescribe tretinoin or strong alpha-hydroxy acids that you can apply directly to the skin.
Other treatment options to help improve the look of your sun-damaged skin include chemical peels, cryosurgery, and laser resurfacing. Botox injections and fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm can also help to reduce the appearance of premature wrinkles.
How Healthy Skin Affects Your Self Confidence
Look’s aren’t everything, but how your skin looks can still affect your self-esteem. Especially since your skin is one of the first things people see when they look at you.
Here are some of the ways your self-confidence can improve by taking good care of your skin.
Self Esteem and Inner Beauty
When your skin is not looking and feeling healthy, feeling comfortable in your own skin can be difficult.
And while makeup can help to cover up certain skin conditions, it’s only a mask for the true problem at hand.
By implementing a skincare regimen or seeing a dermatologist, you can help to solve certain skin issues and stop relying on cosmetics to cover up imperfect skin. And instead of hiding, you’ll feel confident to show off your beautiful, natural self.
Be a Beautiful Social Butterfly
We’ve all been there – you have an important business meeting or a big date coming up when a pimple or other skin problem emerges. You end up feeling so self-conscious that you then cancel your plans.
Getting chronic acne and other skin conditions under control will allow you to feel more confident in any social situation. And while having healthy skin won’t solve your dating woes or get you a raise at work, it can give you the confidence to put yourself out there.
Healthier Choices Lead to Healthier Lifestyle
Acne breakouts and other skin issues can often be the result of an unhealthy lifestyle, or even a potentially serious medical issue.
Maintaining a healthy diet, exercising, drinking lots of water, and getting enough sleep will not only improve your physical health but also the appearance of your skin and help you feel comfortable in your body.
Speak to a Skincare Specialist
When it comes to your skincare battles, you don’t have to fight them alone. Speak with a dermatologist to learn more about your options for treating your skin concerns.
Book your free consultation with SKINS’ welcoming, confident, and reassuring team of professionals – Come on in, you’re not alone. Everyone has common skin concerns, and whatever yours may be, we’ll deal with it in no time!