When going through puberty, we almost feel assaulted by our own bodies with the slew of changes affecting our everyday life, from the zit-attacks in the worst possible moments, all the way to our basic anatomy acting up. As years go by, you expect for things to go back to some semblance of normal. As a fully grown man, you don’t want to be apprehensive every time you approach a mirror, or feel overly self-conscious whenever you’re meeting new people. And adult acne will do that to a person, even those with almost impeccable confidence.
However, in addition to being a little insecure, which is a common trait for most mere mortals, it’s actually quite possible that adult acne, even if your acne is beard-related, can exasperate existing mental health troubles such as anxiety or depression – or perhaps the acne’s cause lies in these mental health issues. The vicious cycle continues, so as your confidence plummets and your mental health suffers, your acne worsens. What’s the catch?
How your mind affects your skin
Being under too much stress can be a potent acne-trigger. Your hormones change, your sleep patterns as well, and your behavior affects how you treat your body with a lack of nutrition and exercise, and then you end up with a perfect, acne-causing recipe.
Understanding how your stress levels and the consequent behavioral patterns might be affecting your skin can help you understand how you can best treat both problems.
The mind-skin infinite loop
Truth be told, no matter what the root problem is, having acne makes it significantly more difficult for any modern man to resolve that root issue. Let’s face it, pardon the pun: if your acne has caused an avalanche of anxiety and affected your professional performance and personal relationships, your mental health is bound to suffer. Then, as your mental health declines, your acne worsens.
In turn, if your anxiety or depression have started this vicious loop, developing acne will only further affect your self-esteem and your self-perception. Your skin reflects your mindset, and your mind affects how your skin behaves. Therefore, only by ascertaining the cause can you resolve the consequence, and you cannot treat one without the other.
Finding professional help
From both perspectives, professionals should be part of the process. Why? Because only a doctor can help you determine the cause and the consequence, and only a skincare specialist can tailor the right treatment for your acne. Without proper treatment, you risk worsening both. In that sense, you can look into various acne removal procedures that can help you restore the health of your skin, while you rethink your skincare, too.
Perhaps it’s time to introduce a new exfoliator or moisturizer, or maybe you’ll need some retinoid-infused ointments. Let the professionals lead the way. The same applies for therapy – with the right therapist by your side, you can discover healing tools and strategies to help you boost your confidence, and truly feel great in your own skin in time.
Healthy lifestyle habits that help
As with so many health troubles, how you lead your life might play a vital role in your overall wellbeing. Your skin reflects not just your mental health troubles, but so much more. It also reflects your poor habits, such as smoking, eating too much processed sugar, or having a generally poor diet. Inflammation caused by all of these poor lifestyle choices can then be reflected through your skin through conditions such as eczema as well as acne.
To help your skin and your mind combat their often connected issues, you should revise your nutrition and your activities. Introducing nutrient-dense and anti-inflammatory foods will help your body battle both your mental health issues as well as acne. It takes time for the results to become visible and for you to feel the difference, but no matter what kind of treatment you choose to help treat depression and anxiety, every medical professional will recommend a change in your lifestyle, as well.
Whether a cause or a consequence for mental health issues, adult acne shouldn’t be taken lightly, much like mental health should never be taken for granted. Since therapy for mental health can sometimes take a lifetime to take effect, it’s smart to invest both in proper skincare, lifestyle changes, and of course, seeking psychological help and support to resolve both issues.