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Leslie Brewer

How Acne Impacts One’s Mental Health


When you have blemishes or acne, it can be very frustrating. It’s not supposed to, but, yes, it is. Perhaps because they appeared at a bad time, or because there’s too many that came at the same time, or maybe because you feel like you’re just too imperfect to still have acne at this time and age. Whatever your reason, the truth is that acne definitely affects our emotions, thoughts, and ultimately our physical and mental health – the impact is skin deep.

I’ve suffered long enough from acne to know the unpleasant effects of having this dermatologic condition. A study published in the British Journal of Dermatology states that there is undeniably a link between having acne and mental health problems, like depression and anxiety. Acne can come in different forms, which may include whiteheads, blackheads, and cysts that can be found on the head, face, back, chest, and shoulders. And according to the same study, about 60% of those with severe acne have a high likelihood of developing major depression.

Some cases of acne can be cured fast with simple treatments like skin creams or ointments, while some people suffer for a long time, leaving scars and permanent pigmentations that make it difficult for them to forget about. Cystic acne, for example, primarily occurs beyond superficial skin and can only be treated through medications, and anyone, even those who take very good care of their skin, can get it and suffer the wrath of having pigmented and disfigured skin.

Psychological Effects Of Acne

There are several effects that acne can have on a person psychologically, which include reduced self-confidence, poor body image, social withdrawal, and depression. Individuals who have acne also suffer from constant ridicule and judgment from others. Teenagers who are diagnosed with long-term acne are especially affected by the opinions of others, which shockingly have led some to commit suicide.

Living With Acne

Popular singer Lorde has been living with acne and is open about her struggle of overcoming the frustration, insecurity, and self-esteem issues that she shares with hundreds of acne sufferers. Lorde created Instagram videos of her talking about chronic acne and how frustrating it can be to listen to advice from those who don’t suffer from acne themselves. She says:

“Even those who get only occasional flare-ups should realize that each person has a different type of skin, but just because a cream or medicine worked for you doesn’t mean it’s going to work for the other person. I have really oily skin and have several usual flare-ups. I change my skincare regimen and I know for a fact that while this worked for me, it won’t possibly work for you.”



One of Lorde’s biggest frustrations is that many people think that chronic acne sufferers don’t take good care of their skin and are negligent of their personal hygiene. “But I do wash my face and take care of my skin. The painful truth is that I’m just genetically cursed.”

The Biology Factor

The Canadian Dermatology Association states that the severity of one’s acne is influenced by biological factors. For instance, if your mother and father both have acne, then there’s a higher likelihood that you would suffer from acne too. When there’s too much oil production from your sebaceous glands, this is a result of biology and genetics.

Physical activity, hair and skin care, and acne medications might aggravate the biological aspects, but they are definitely not the primary cause. The CDA also verifies that there is no connection between having acne and improper dietary options, although there is evidence that certain foods have caused acne flare-ups.


On the whole, dermatologists have concluded that when they find ways to treat acne, they must also check their patients’ physical and mental health. Healthcare providers aimed at curing patients of their acne must be aware that acne is a major contributor to depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions. These providers should urge their patients to be open to confiding to them about any concerns they may have that may change the way they act or think, and these concerns must be taken sincerely.


Although some people with acne can’t find a way to cure it for a long time, there are always means to manage it. They should not suffer on their own. If they feel that their mental health is at stake, they are encouraged to speak up.




5 Ways To Take Good Care of Your Health

Caring for your health, both physical and mental, must always be your number one priority. Take note that failure to do this can have adverse effects on your part. As such, it is crucial to follow the necessary tips and tricks that will help you live a healthier and fit lifestyle. Keep in mind that you have to start today so that you will not have a hard time adjusting to all the things that you have to do to accomplish your goal of becoming fit and healthy.




In this article, we are going to provide you with the list of top strategies that you must do if you want to become healthier than ever. Remember that the focus is not only concerning your physical condition but also to your mental state. It means that you must work hard to continue improving these two aspects of health. Here are some of the tips and tricks to remember:


Listen To Your Body


As much as possible, do not ignore everything that you feel in your body. Whenever you think that something is wrong, make sure to take the necessary steps to clarify what it is. Do not just sit in the corner and wait for your health to deteriorate. Remember that the secret to having a healthier body is to avoid exhausting yourself. Whenever you start to notice that you are always tired or sleepy, then look at it as an indication that you have to rest. Avoid depriving yourself of the break it needs, especially in stressful situations.


Eat Right At All Times


Being fit does not mean skipping on essential meals of the day. What you need to remember at this point is the significance of knowing the right foods for you. Keep in mind that it is still possible to eat many times a day as long as you know your food intake. Never make the mistake of choosing food items that are high in cholesterol, fat, and sugar. The best option for you is to read the food labels before buying the items or eating them. In so doing, you can help your body become more fit and healthier.




Get Enough Sleep


Did you know that severe lack of sleep can affect both your physical and mental health? If you have insufficient sleep every night, then it would be difficult for you to get on with the entire day. You will experience challenges in staying awake and focus for days because your mind would wander to someplace else. At the same time, it can also prevent you from becoming productive since a big part of your body wants to hibernate. As such, be sure to get enough sleep every night. Follow a strict bedtime schedule and avoid bringing gadgets in your bed so that you can sleep earlier.


Be With The Right People


Another significant thing that you must take note of is the value of finding the right people in your life. You always have to remind yourself that there is no need to beg anyone for love and affection. You deserve to be with the people who will respect and accept you for who you are. Remember that being with toxic individuals can only increase anxiety and stress in your life. If this situation continues to happen for a long time, then there is a good chance that you will suffer from it until you develop other mental health problems or physical illnesses.


Make Exercise A Part Of Your Routine


The last tip or strategy to keep in mind is to exercise regularly. It does not mean that you have to go to the gym every single day. Take note that it is still possible to be physically active when you are just at home. You can always try home exercises that you can download from smartphone apps or watch via online video channels. All you need to do is to allocate at least thirty minutes of your time to be active. Once exercise or physical activities become part of your daily routine, your body will start to crave for sweat. Eventually, you will end up having the desired weight, which is perfect for your age and height.




Being healthy is not just about joining the latest trends in the health and fitness industry. It is more about who you want to become and how you want others to see you. Keep going!




Family-Centered And Child-Inclusive Divorce


 A broken family is one of the primary reasons that could impact a child’s development as they grow older. We can only count on two results, negative and positive but never the neutral. For some, the separation of their parents might be one of the driving factors to become a better person and learn from their mistakes. But on the other side of the fence, the effect is too devastating and unbearable. We can never empathize on these situations unless you are a product of such circumstance; however, there are professionals out there who specialize in these cases (for therapy) and could help both of the parties involved in the divorce process which mainly includes the child.

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Family Issues That Cause Mental Illness

It’s understandable that a lot of us are carrying tons of issues with our family that we want to get rid of our chest. However, the process of confronting these vital individuals is a bit complicated, especially when they assume that you are trying to overreact only to grab their attention. Some would accuse you of trying to get too emotional only for recognition. A family member might say that you’re too crazy for having wrong and ridiculous thoughts. With that said, they don’t understand the struggle of wanting someone to be there in times of sorrow and pain.


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Social Anxiety Disorder – The Things You Need To Know

Have you ever found yourself in a situation that you don’t do anything but all of a sudden you feel the pressure of anxiety? You feel like your heart is raising so fast, your mind starts to black out, and you experience uneasiness in your chest and stomach. And the more you fight it, the more badly it gets. So from there, you start thinking about stuff because you don’t want other people to notice you being anxious. You struggle in remaining cool. Your anxiety gets triggered due to the negative limiting beliefs. It reads social situations as something that either puts you off-guard or in an alert mode.


Fight-Flight-Freeze Response

When you see the anxiety in the situation you are in, especially in front of a lot of people, you begin to filter a possible danger. There’s a hyper-alert that’s going on in your brain because you think that at any moment, something terrible might happen. Things like embarrassing yourself, worries about other people’s criticisms, and different unavoidable scenarios that put you in a state where you can no longer function. All of these social anxiety signs are the result of the brain’s activated survival response called the fight-flight-freeze response. It pumps the adrenaline through your veins, it rushes blood away from your head, your throat tightens up, and it upsets your digestive system out to your outer limbs.


Technically, when fight-flight-freeze response gets activated, it puts your whole over-all function in survival mode. It makes you choose between hiding and running from the dangers of what your mind interprets. So when anxiety seems to be the problem you are trying to get rid of, it’s entirely not the real issue, or at least not the only thing that you need to worry about. The real underlying problem is the unsafe environment and social situations that your subconscious inputs in your head. And because it sees danger everywhere, you automatically respond with anxiety symptoms.

Anxiety In Social Situations

Since social anxiety is the result of the mind’s firing-up from danger, the effort in focusing alone on removing it won’t work at all. Therefore, the only action you can do is deal with what activates the fight-flight-freeze response. There’s a need to put the subconscious mind in focus of diversion. It needs to think differently and believe that there’s no danger in social situations. Because when the mind believes that you are safe in any social setting, there’s going to be no trace of anxiety symptoms.


The mind reacts through these limiting beliefs that activate the fight-flight-freeze response which mainly brings anxiety. So to be able to change that perception of harmful elements in your head, there must be neutralization of the limiting beliefs. By thinking that you are unique, you accept yourself, that you are more than good enough, and people can like you, you’ll genuinely attract the positive thoughts. And once you finally neutralize the compilation of your negative limiting beliefs, the subconscious mind sees you safe from the social environment.


Breathe In, Breathe Out: Asthma Awareness

What is asthma?


Asthma is a lung condition where the bronchial muscles contract, blocking the air and making it difficult to breathe. Various factors can trigger an asthma attack such as allergens, infections, pollution, trauma or fatigue. Asthma can be of two types: intrinsic and extrinsic.


Intrinsic asthma is a type of asthma which doesn’t have an identifiable cause of attack while extrinsic is the opposite. The triggering factor is known. Some asthma attacks are abrupt while some can last for several days. They often start after a few minutes of being exposed to a triggering agent.

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A Deeper Understanding Of Hives (Urticaria & Angioedema)

Hives are outbreaks of itchy red wheals that are elevated smoothly on the skin with usually blanched centers. It can induce itchiness, a burning feeling, or a stinging sensation on the affected surface. They appear anywhere in the body in different shapes, sizes, and numbers and are very irritating. Its causes are too plenty, which makes diagnosis hard. Currently, an estimated 20% of the human population will experience it in their lifetime at some point.


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Osteoporosis: Build Stronger Bones

Imagine a jellyfish floating around the sea. That’s how we would look like without our bones. An adult body is composed of 206 bones which provide frame and support. Bones work with our muscles to make us move. They serve as protection to our vital organs such as the heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, and the brain. Without them, the inside of our body will be vulnerable to trauma.



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What Are The Women-Related Diseases That Can Also Affect Men?





If you’re fond of viewing different video clips online, you’ll see that more content producers show men trying stuff that only women can do, biologically speaking or not. That includes putting makeup on, stimulating pregnancy, wearing high heels, taking contraceptive pills, etc. In the end, they tend to express how lucky they are to be born without such worries.

While there’s nothing offensive in that statement, there are still women-related diseases that can also affect men. Read on to know more about them.

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Breast Cancer

As unbelievable as it seems, guys are not exempted from acquiring breast cancer. The reason is that men, like women, have breast tissues where lumps can develop. They are just more abundant in the latter, so the cases involving the former are quite rare.


The products that promote bone health for aged folks often depict females alone. That is an absolute misrepresentation, however, because the senior males can have osteoporosis too.

In truth, the bone density in men can deplete rapidly once they go beyond the 50s. It’s just that the usual signs that women notice are not too obvious when it comes to the opposite sex.


Lupus causes the swelling of glands, eyes, joints, and legs. As an autoimmune disease, scientists are yet to figure out what makes people obtain such an illness. It can also be difficult to find a lot of information regarding men who have this disease since 90% of the diagnosed patients belong to the female population.

Yeast Infection

Fungal infection is another disorder that males can get but is normally just linked to women. Honestly speaking, the microscopic yeast strains that may already be inside or outside the body may germinate in moist regions. Meaning, the inner part of the mouth and the foreskin. The risk increases if you’re either a diabetic or popping antibiotics a lot.


Thyroid Diseases

An illness involving the thyroid glands occurs when your system generates too much (hyperthyroidism) or too little (hypothyroidism) of metabolism-regulating hormones. Weight gain, lack of sleep, and mood swings are the common symptoms of the hypothyroidism, while hyperthyroidism causes weight and energy losses.

Bladder Infections

Urinary tract infection (UTI) and diverse bladder-related diseases are typically associated with females. Regardless of that, males have a tendency to acquire any of them as well due to possible prostate or kidney issues. The infection becomes evident once it’s painful to urinate, there’s blood mixed with the urine, and there’s fever.

Male Menopause

The problem may not be familiar to you, yet know that middle-aged men may experience the symptoms of menopause too. Doctors blame it on the decline of testosterone levels that males go through as they age.

Eating Disorder

Women are predominantly connected to eating disorders because of body image, but men may also suffer from it. The list can comprise the gay, the obese, and the athletic – different types of males who often feel the need to conform to beauty standards. Few are diagnosed, though, as not everyone can admit that they have this issue.