Multani mitti, Neem powder, turmeric, some fifty different creams and lotions, infinite visits to your dermatologists; so you must be knowing what I am talking about.

ACNE!!! The word itself is scary enough to blow your mind out. If statistics are to be believed, about 90 percent of the worlds’ population is affected by acne at some point in their lives. Acne is just a skin disease that is not even life-threatening yet it puts tremendous stress mentally more than it does physically. Whatever might be the causes of acne be it heredity, stress, oily skin, or lifestyle, or maybe you don’t even know the reason why those tiny zits popped up on your face, the result is always devastating.

 

People suffering from acne tend to show low self-esteem, poor self-confidence, isolation from social activities, and stress!!!  A lot of mental stress. Since the worst affected are the teenagers in the age group 12-19, they should be advised that acne is not a barrier to live their life. Acne is just a part of their life which has no effect on whatever you do and will eventually go away as time passes.

I have been suffering from acne from the time I was just twelve years old. In my case, it was heredity playing its role. My mother always knew those pesky fellows are going to come so she had some homemade precautions handy (malai, tomato extract, Multani mitti -I think Multani mitti is desi benzoyl peroxide of every Indian household. LOL!!!) but they were of no use. By the time I was sixteen, I could see more pimples on my face than my skin. I was bullied at school for looking weird and pimply. I lost my self-esteem. I had no confidence to participate in any extracurricular activities because I didn’t want people to see me. I sometimes cried after coming home. I visited beauty parlors in the hope of getting my original face back ( They don’t help ). I applied every tried and tested method only to see my acne getting worse. Acne had left more scars on my mind than on my face.

 

Finally, when I started my engineering I told myself that acne is not going to take away my charm. The charm that every face has, be it with pimples or without. Your identity is not your face but the things you do. And I was not alone there are so many people out there who are facing the same issue but the world dint stop for them right ?? Then why are you letting acne take over your dreams? I stopped running behind dermatologists, I stopped buying those creams that never helped me. Just told myself that this world is not going to stop for my problems, i need to move ahead. From the next day whenever I looked into the mirror, I could not see my pimples even though they were still there. Life has phenomenally changed for me after that. By the end of my final semester, I presented four publications in national and international conferences and I was awarded the best presenter award and my perspective towards acne has changed ever since. Easier said than done!! but once you move on there is no looking back.

 

What you get in life is not in your hands but how you perceive it makes you a successful human being.

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