Acnes may cause low self-esteem, study says

More than affecting your skin, a study conducted in Canada said having acne negatively affects how we see ourselves, and possibly may cause low self-esteem.
Date Posted: Nov 5, 2015

MANILA -- More than affecting your skin, a study conducted in Canada said having acne negatively affects how we see ourselves, and possibly may cause low self-esteem.

Acne is a common skin condition prevalent among adolescents, but may occur to any age group as well.

Cecil Tangtang, for instance, is a teacher who is bothered by the number of acnes often appearing on her face.

According to her, acnes affect her skin due to the pollution she experiences everyday while traveling from their house to her workplace.

Propionibacterium acnes is the bacteria that causes acne to appear and spread.

Dra. Cecilia Catapang, a skin care and aesthetics specialist, further explained why acnes occur. "Usually, ang acnes nagii-start yan whitehead or blackhead. Pag marumi kamay mo, hahawakan mo 'yung mukha mo 'di ba, puwede mong ma-infect hanggang sa maimpeksyon na siya nang maimpeksyon," she said.

Our skin is not only affected by acnes. The study from Canada stated that acnes cause negative effects on an individual's perception of one's self. It may result to lack of self-confidence, depression, and low self-esteem.

This is true for Tangtang. "Parang laging nahihiya kasi may pimples. Hindi ka confident na makipag-usap, humarap sa tao, kasi parang insecure ba," she said.

How then can we avoid having acnes?

Catapang advised the public to observe frequent hand washing since dirty hands can spread the bacteria on our face, which may lead to infection. Clean water with antibacterial soap will be effective.

Tatang, who heeded the expert's advice, has attested that after using the proper soap, the size of her acnes have been reduced.

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