A Letter To Those With Chronic Acne

Hi friends,I wanted to make a post just for people who suffer from chronic acne. I hear you, see you, and I understand how agonizing it is to feel like your body is betraying you and you are at war with your skin.

I know what it feels like to be afraid to look in the mirror, for fear you will see a new pimple or cyst. I remember the nervous visits to the dermatologist, hoping and praying they won’t cut you off from the antibiotics that you’re taking, and that they will actually listen to you. I know what it is like to irrationally obsess over your skin, your diet, your water intake, your hormones, your sleep, and everything else that can impact acne.

I’ve hid at parties or skipped them entirely because I was mortified by how awful my face looked. Thinking you aren’t pretty enough or good enough or that your body is defective feels like a heavy weight bearing down on you. Lots of people will minimize your struggles and feelings, or give you cringe-worthy advice.

I don’t have any silver bullet solutions, but I can offer my empathy and my listening skills. Don’t be afraid to reach out if you need someone to talk to. I know three things to be true: (1) you are worthy of love and belonging, (2) you have equal worth and dignity as everyone else, and (3) you are in good company.

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