How Can You Feel Comfortable In Your Own Skin When You Have Social Anxiety And A Bad Case Of Acne
High school was very difficult for me. I was heavily overweight and I had a pretty bad case of acne. I’m not sure if you can relate but I had pimples all over my face and I tried my best to hide them away.
Every morning before school I made sure that my hair covered my forehead as much as possible so that the pimples on my forehead wouldn’t be seen.
I felt so uncomfortable in my own skin that I felt like a total loser.
When I talked with my schoolmates I always had a feeling that they were looking at my acne and that made me feel very uncomfortable and embarrassed.
Obviously, I tried to do everything to get rid of my acne. I tried different preparations that were available at that time but nothing really seemed to work. That made me even more frustrated.
I was so dissatisfied with my looks that I tried to avoid as many social interactions as possible.
I avoided school dances and other school events where there would be other people around.
I just didn’t want other people to see my face covered with acne and I didn’t want them to make fun of me because of my acne and belly fat.
This avoidant behavior only gave fuel to my social anxiety.
Every time I avoided something I basically told my brain that avoidance is the way to go. I told my brain that in order to feel safe I need to avoid social interactions.
I told my brain that in order to not get embarrassed I need to stay away from other people.
Eventually this caused me to lose most of my friends and that made me feel very lonely.
I just didn’t feel comfortable in my own skin and that in itself had a bad effect on my social anxiety disorder.
And I don’t want you to experience these problems yourself.
I want you to feel comfortable in your own skin even if you have acne or any other visible imperfection that might make you feel inferior.
But how can you feel comfortable in your own skin when you feel like you’re ugly and undesirable?
Well, I’ve noticed one thing.
Once people see you as unpopular there’s nothing you can do to change that.
You basically cannot change their minds.
You can start dressing better and you can get a new haircut. You can also get contact lenses if you’re wearing glasses but no matter what you do other kids will still see you as an unpopular kid. They’ve made their mind.
So it’s very important that you stop caring what they think about you and start caring about loving yourself no matter what.
You need to accept yourself the way you are right now.
You need to accept the fact that you have acne or any other physical imperfection.
And you need to accept the fact that this doesn’t make you a bad person.
You simply need to love yourself for who you are.
You were given this gift of life that many don’t get and it’s up to you to make the most out of it.
And if you want to make the most out of this life, you need to start loving yourself first.
Find the things that you love or at least like about yourself.
There must be at least one thing that you like… that you’re proud of.
Maybe you’re a good listener.
Maybe you’re a good friend.
Or maybe your social anxiety made you very literate and educated.
Whatever it is that you like about yourself make it bigger and start being proud of yourself.
Be proud of everything that you’ve achieved so far.
Your acne doesn’t define you.
Your acne will eventually go away and your face will be clean again.
But you don’t have to wait for that moment to start living your life.
So accept the fact that you have acne right now and accept the fact that they will go away over time.
Understand that there are many other people who have acne that feel quite comfortable in their own skin in spite of having this problem. So if they can, so can you.
Now if you’re not sure how to accept yourself in spite of having problems, you might want to check this article here where I show you how to overcome social anxiety.
You see, once you no longer have social anxiety, having acne can’t hold you back anymore. You simply stop caring.