Treating Acne with Kindness: Acne Awareness Month

Acne, despite being such a common skin condition, can deeply impact an individual’s self-esteem and mental well-being. For those navigating the ups and downs of acne, the journey can be challenging enough without unsolicited comments or misguided advice. While intentions may be well-meaning, certain remarks can inadvertently add to the emotional burden. That’s why we’re here to help with open arms and to connect you with a licensed esthetician who has extensive training in this condition.

Empathy and understanding should always be our guiding principles and we should be mindful of the approach taken when talking about this sensitive topic to those who are struggle. When offering advice from the outside, try to avoid saying things along these lines and approach the situation with a little more grace. Here are some things you can avoid saying to your friends or relatives in need:

  1. “Have you tried washing your face more often?” While proper skincare is essential for managing acne, implying that someone’s acne is a result of poor hygiene is not only inaccurate but also hurtful. Acne is a complex condition influenced by factors such as hormones, genetics, and lifestyle, and cannot simply be washed away. Instead, offer support and resources for gentle, acne-friendly skincare routines without judgment. We have a brief skin care quiz you can take to find what will work for your budget to guide you to clear skin with SkinForYou.
  2. “Just stop stressing, and your acne will clear up.” It’s a common misconception that acne is solely caused by stress, but the reality is far more nuanced. Stress can exacerbate acne for some individuals, but it’s not the root cause for everyone. Acne is a multi-factorial condition that needs in depth guidance from a licensed esthetician. Moreover, telling someone to “just stop stressing” oversimplifies their experience and minimizes their feelings. Instead, offer a listening ear and validate their emotions, acknowledging that acne can be distressing regardless of stress levels.
  3. “Why don’t you try [insert random skincare product or home remedy]?” Unsolicited advice about skincare products or home remedies can be overwhelming for someone struggling with acne. What works for one person may not work for another, and experimenting with new products can potentially worsen the condition. Instead, encourage them to consult with a licensed skincare professional who can provide personalized recommendations based on their skin type and concerns. Find an esthetician near you for the best results in person!
  4. “You should cover up your acne with makeup.” While makeup can be a confidence booster for some individuals, suggesting it as a solution to acne can inadvertently reinforce feelings of shame and inadequacy. Makeup should be a choice, not a requirement for concealing acne, and everyone deserves to feel beautiful and confident in their bare skin. Offer support and reassurance, emphasizing that acne does not define their worth. We love recommending the Glo Skin Beauty C Shield Tinted Moisturizer for those looking for a little tinted coverage without clogging pores.
  5. “It’s not that bad, you’re making a big deal out of it.” Invalidating someone’s feelings about their acne can be incredibly damaging to their self-esteem. Acne may seem trivial to some, but for those experiencing it firsthand, the emotional toll can be significant. Instead of dismissing their concerns, offer empathy and understanding, acknowledging the impact acne has on their confidence and mental well-being.
  6. “You’ll grow out of it eventually.” While it’s true that acne often improves with age, implying that someone’s struggle is temporary can feel dismissive of their current experiences. Acne can have long-lasting effects on self-esteem and body image, and minimizing its impact can undermine the individual’s feelings. Instead, offer support and encouragement, reminding them that they’re not alone in their journey and that there are resources available with SkinForYou to help them manage their acne effectively. Start by downloading the free SkinForYou app in our resources linked above!

Navigating acne can be a challenging journey, and the last thing someone struggling with acne needs is judgment or unsolicited advice. By practicing empathy, understanding, and sensitivity, we can create a supportive environment where individuals feel validated and empowered to seek the help they need. Let’s choose kindness over criticism because everyone deserves to feel comfortable and confident in their own skin. <3

~ Melissa, LE