It’s time to wake up. Time to face the world again for another day.
You get out of bed and examine any new blemishes that appeared, or stare at that pimple that has finally surfaced. How wonderful!
It’s time to start your day.
You do everything you can to avoid people from seeing your skin. This means avoiding conversations and walking on certain sides of streets and hallways.
You start to count the hours until you can go back home int o the safety of your house, where you’ll be free from the preying eyes of others.
Once you return home, you go about your normal business until it’s time to do it all again the next day. And the day after that, for as many years as your plagued with acne.
The words above are not fictional, they are my own. That was my life for about two years in high school when my acne was at its worst. It’s something I wouldn’t wish upon anyone.
When I think back to it though, it wasn’t my acne holding me back, it was my mind. I didn’t need to change the way I interacted with people, rather I felt that I needed to change it solely because of my skin.
What You Should Do
It’s easy for people to say, “Don’t Let It Bother You,” but they probably don’t understand. You can’t ignore something that’s on your face, and it’s even harder to pretend that others don’t see it.
What I don’t like about people saying to ignore your acne, is that you need to accept that you have acne and do everything in your power to get rid of it; if you don’t have acne, then you won’t have anything to worry about. Therefore, your first step should be to check out the Quick Start Guide. If you follow that to T then you can expect clear skin in 6-8 weeks. That’s no guarantee, but it’s something that is very realistic.
However, because getting rid of acne is a process, I can’t expect you to sit idly by letting acne ruin your life while your skin takes time to clear. Since you’re doing everything possible physically to get rid of acne, we need to think about the mental aspect of it as well.
It’s All In Your Head
Like I said, pretending acne doesn’t exist is a pipe dream; you know it’s there no matter what you try to do. My belief is that you need to accept your acne, but continue to live your life in spite of it.
So take talking to a friend: I would often avert their eye contact, look down, and try to break off conversation as soon as possible. And that was with my friends!
Because I was so anxious my mind would immediately focus on my acne; it was an unconscious reaction. While I could pretend it’s not there, not only would that likely not work, but I would be so focused on my damn skin that I would forget about the person talking to me.
What you need to do is to say “Screw You Acne!” and go about living your life regardless of your skin. This means putting yourself in uncomfortable social situations and putting your face out there for the world to see.
This will be difficult at first, but over time, your mind will feel more at ease with you socializing with acne. The only way to get rid of a fear is to face it head on. You don’t pretend it doesn’t exist, rather, you persist in spite of its existence.
The Plan Of Attack
The best way to accomplish something like getting over a fear, is to have a plan of attack. So what I want you to do is write dwon a goal and plan of action for not letting acne ruin your life.
Goal: To be able to socialize with friends and strangers.
Plan: Have 3 meaningful conversations every day, and plan one social activity per weekend, for the next 10 weeks.
Remember: The most important thing is to take action. Without that, you will never change your life.
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