When was the last time you felt good about your skin?  Suffering from acne can wreak havoc on your self-esteem.  Wouldn’t you like to feel confident and happy again?  Here are five ways you can beat the breakout blues and start appreciating your skin again.

1.   Count Your Blessings.

Acne can be a major cause of anxiety.  Being positive is key to managing your stress well.  The more you stress, the more cortisol floods your body, which has been linked to an increase in acne.  Every day list 5 things you are grateful for.

As you go through your day, stop and notice what you’re thinking.  For every negative thought you have about your skin, recall those five things you are grateful for.  Watch how your energy will shift from a state of stress to a state of acceptance.

“Your life will open up the moment you start counting your blessings.”


2.  Own Your Inner Dialogue.

Oftentimes, there are things we say to ourselves that we would never say to a good friend.  When your best friend is down, how do you talk to her?  Do you put her down and make her feel worse?

If you’re like most of us, you go out of your way to cheer her up.  Get in the habit of being your own cheerleader.  Don’t say anything to yourself that you wouldn’t say to a loved one.

3.  Be Generous.

I once heard someone say, “Your need is your seed.”  As catchy as it sounded, I didn’t really get the point until he broke it down a bit.  Whatever it is that you need more of, then that’s the very thing you give away.  When a farmer needs more pumpkins, what seed does he plant?

He plants pumpkin seeds.  Why would he do that?  Obviously, because he knows what we all know.  The farmer knows that you reap the seed you sow.

The tiny seed you sow into the world often returns to you fuller and more powerful than when you released it.  If you find yourself lacking in self-confidence because acne has you bummed out about your looks, create a seed of positivity.  Go out of your way to genuinely compliment someone.

Watch how you’ll not only feel better, but you’ll actually start getting more compliments too.  You are more than your acne.  Other people see the beautiful parts of you that you downplay or overlook when you’re feeling stressed.


4.  Have a Positive Posse.

You need good, supportive people around you. If you spend time with complaining, negative people, it will be much harder to be positive yourself.

Bonding with others boosts oxytocin which relieves stress and promotes calmer skin. Make sure you’re hanging with the right people.  Just remember that when it comes to your inner circle, it’s quality that counts, not quantity.

5.  Laugh Until It Hurts.

At some point, you’ve probably heard someone say, “laughter is the best medicine.”  Laughing helps release those feel good endorphins that give you a natural high.  It will also help you relax and keep your mind off of what’s going on with your skin.  Watch a funny movie or read a side splitting book.


Here are 5 more ways to help you push through those difficult moments we all have:

1) Mediating is a great way to calm anxious thoughts of the day.

2) Relaxing with a hot cup of herbal tea can reduce acne causing inflammation.

3) Working out helps to boost your energy and confidence while reducing stress.

4) Walking in nature encourages well being and decreases depression.

5) Fueling your mind and body with healthy food promotes clear skin.

Join the Conversation

My favorite part of doing these posts is engaging in the conversation they start. Each week, I ask one question. This week, it is this:

What helps you get through annoying acne flare ups?


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