ACNE is more well known as a skin disease affecting teenager s , but the fact remains that there are a lot of women who seem to have acne all their lives.
It is interesting to note that in the teenage years men suffer from acne more than women, but later in life women suffer from acne far more than men.
However , the emotional impact of acne always seems to be so much worse for women. Acne may impact a woman’s quality of life, almost as much as if she had a major life-threatening illness. It may impact a woman’s self-image, her psychological wellbeing, and her ability to develop social relationships.
It may lessen her self-perception. Women with acne may feel frustrated and may feel less self-confident and more selfconscious , especially when they are around other women.
The bumps, the scars and the dark spots may be the most depressing aspect of this disease. Acne is a visible skin disease and its negative impact will only be increased when there are scars, holes, and spots on the face.
In extreme cases, psychological counselling may be needed as the disease may result in the sufferer isolating herself. Dr Persadsingh, skin specialist, is the author of Acne in Black Women, The Hair in Black Women and Eczema in Kids of Colour.
From the Jamaica Observer