We are all our own worst critics. We all have problems with our bodies, and many of these problems, especially for young people, center around skin. Acne, hyperpigmentation, and early aging are all problems that can occur for a number of reasons, and sometimes solutions are not readily apparent. Sometimes skin does not respond to traditional means of treatment, and skin problems can persist long-term. Unfortunately, despite the causes of these skin issues, some people, like Tyler Atwood of Bustle, are being shamed for not having the healthy, glowing skin that is so coveted in our culture. This can cause self-esteem issues over something that may be beyond control. So how does skin shaming cause harm, and how can you make sure you’re treating your skin the best that you can?
One of the reasons Atwood and others feel shamed about their problem skin on a regular basis are the implications that they aren’t doing enough to promote healthy skin through lifestyle choices. The skin is heavily influenced by many different factors, both internal and external, and it is true that a healthy lifestyle can help skin remain beautiful. However, lifestyle is not the end-all be-all of skin condition, and plenty of people who practice healthy lifestyle choices have a variety of skin issues.
Did you have bad skin in high school? Your parents probably did too, and genetics plays an influential role in your overall skin quality. While there are some things you can do to help alleviate skin problems, it may be a struggle if your genetics are partly to blame.
Pressure to Use Makeup
Women who feel skin shamed may feel like they can never be seen without makeup, for fear of even further judgment and self-consciousness. A woman should use makeup only if she wants to, not because she feels obligated.
A Stressful Life
It is more common than ever to lead a stressful life these days, and this tension, stress, and lack of sleep can do a number on the skin. Many people start stressing about the effect stress has on their skin as well, making the problem worse. We all go through periods of stress, and it is best to minimize them whenever possible, but sometimes your skin will let you know when you’re overdoing things. Stressing about judgment from others can make the situation even worse!
Do What You Can
You can’t control every variable in your life that could be affecting your skin, and you shouldn’t have to. Just do the best you can, and with luck, your skin will respond positively. You shouldn’t pass up the occasional treat because you think it might be bad for your skin, and sometimes stress is just an inevitable part of life. Give yourself a break, and realize that by trying to keep your skin healthy and beautiful, you are doing what you can.
Try a New Treatment
One of the ways you can supplement your own efforts in skincare and lifestyle is with trying a new treatment with your dermatologist. No matter what your age, there are great options available for skin refreshment, acne treatment, and more. Many cosmetic dermatologists offer procedures such as:
- Chemical peels
- Laser treatments
- IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatments
Each of these treatments is best suited to certain problems, which can be discussed with a dermatologist.
While a dermatologist might not be able to solve all your stubborn skin problems, it can help to have the expertise of a professional to help you care for your skin and unlock its potential. In addition to offering a range of treatments, a board certified dermatologist can assess your skin, diagnose any problems, and help you come up with a skincare plan that works for you.
Miami-based Dr. Diane Walder is an acclaimed authority on cosmetic dermatology, skin cancer treatment, and more. Her advice is often showcased in national publications, and she has helped a diverse and distinguished client base achieve beautiful, healthy skin. If you are interested in learning more about your skin and possibilities for improving its appearance, schedule an appointment with Dr. Walder or her colleague, Dr. Stacy Chimento, by calling 305-866-2177 today.