FEELING CONFIDENT AND COMFORTABLE WITH ACNE
The number 1 thing I get asked about the most is how to feel more confident and comfortable with your acne. The thing is, you don’t have to feel confident about your acne, you don’t have to like your acne and you don't have to think it’s beautiful. It’s okay to want to change and clear up your skin or to not like it. But what’s NOT okay is to not like YOURSELF because of your acne. What’s not okay is beating yourself up over it and letting it dictate your whole life. And this is what I tell everyone who wants to hear it: You can’t hate yourself into loving yourself, you can’t hate your skin into clearing up and so my message has always been that UNTIL you get that clear skin, which will probably be a long journey, you can still feel good about yourself, feel confident and comfortable in your day to day life.
"YOU CAN'T HATE YOURSELF INTO LOVING YOURSELF, YOU CAN'T HATE YOUR SKIN INTO CLEARING UP"
If you were not born confident, it’s something you will have to work on over and over again. I will tell you the secret to confidence but it’s probably not something you want to hear. You probably want to hear about this magic way or a magic pill you can take and then you will finally feel confident and comfortable in your skin. It doesn’t exist though, the magic is YOU.
In order to feel more confident, you have to EARN it by getting really really uncomfortable first. Over and over again.
The thing that has helped me tremendously when it comes to feeling more confident even with acne and scarring is not letting it run my life. I don't let it get in the way of the things I want to do. I decided one day that I was done hiding and I didn’t want to put on a full face of makeup anymore every time I left my house and so I stopped doing that. I stopped putting on makeup just to go to the grocery store or to go to the gym (yes that’s something I used to do). Was it uncomfortable? HECK YES! Was it scary? ABSOLUTELY! Was it worth it? 100%!
And to be honest, it still is scary for me sometimes. I’m not confident all the time, I still have days where I feel uncomfortable even in front of the people who are closest to me but I don’t let that hold me back anymore. Confidence comes from action, from looking fear straight in the eye and telling it you’re in charge, from not letting your insecurities run the show even if it’s scary and uncomfortable.