Teenage life can be stressful. Now add acne. Then add romantic interests. Whew. Typically, romance and acne don’t go hand-in-hand. But, if you thought acne was just a teenage hiccup, think again. At any given moment "about 85% of the population" is living with acne vulgaris, and those people include young adults. Even though acne is one of the most common skin conditions, people are still embarrassed about their acne, especially when it comes to romantic relationships.
Naturally, people feel pressure to look their best when approaching someone they are interested in. But, acne can make people feel shy and self-conscious.
"It made me want to avoid certain occasions. ‘Ask her out? Well, maybe not. She won’t be interested in how I look.’"
Unfortunately, these remarks are not uncommon. Another patient described their acne saying:
"I hate that the first thing people see when they look at me is bad skin. I really, really, hate that".
These statements, and the many others like them, prove how acne can ruin a person’s experience with romance.
Visiting a specialist can increase your chances of clearing your skin. Oftentimes they are more aware of specialised treatments that are not available over-the-counter and have insight into how to best treat different types of acne.
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Veith, W., & Silverberg, N. (2011). The Association of Acne Vulgaris With Diet.