Severe acne, in the minds of sufferers, is a disfiguring disease. Unfortunately for most, acne develops at puberty – already a trying time for most. Acne can interfere with their sense of worth, damage their social skills and can, in some cases, prove debilitating.
Those that have never had the problem battle to understand what the big deal is. After all, it really is only a bunch of pimples, isn’t it? Yes it is about the pimples but the scars go a lot deeper than that. Imagine, for a minute, that you woke up in the morning and had a huge jagged, red scar running along your cheek. How would you feel? Would you feel self-conscious every time you left the house? Would you want to be “normal”? Would you wonder why it had to happen to you?
Acne sufferers wake up every morning and face their own version of this “scar”. Acne can change overnight and so sufferers can end up looking at a different face every day. Even the best acne products, although very helpful in getting rid of pimples, can do little in elevating a person’s crushed self-confidence. If people weren’t the way they are, it probably wouldn’t matter so much but people tend to be cruel and thoughtless. Some people are outright cruel and will tease the sufferer out right, this is especially true in high school, coming up with mean-spirited nicknames. Others will say nothing but stare – this is almost as bad as the school bullies. Either way, the sufferer battles to gain acceptance.
There is also a huge stigma to having acne – some people still think it’s contagious, others think it’s caused by poor hygiene and others simply don’t want to have to look at it. This can also result in the acne sufferer being ridiculed and treated like an outcast.
Even if others are not cruel, acne sufferers still battle to come to terms with their affliction. They will always think that someone is staring at them and find it hard to believe that people can overlook the “imperfection” staring them straight in the face. They can become socially awkward – we all know what it is like not wanting to leave the house because we feel that we do not look our best – acne sufferers will often feel like that on a day to day basis. Because of this, they may avoid socializing completely and may avoid taking part in extra activities. They may end up living pretty solitary lives and so may battle with socializing even after the acne has cleared.
The main thing to remember is that people with severe acne just want to be normal – be considerate and don’t stare or ridicule them.