Having acne can be depressing. Your feelings about acne are serious and important, so we encourage you to share them with us (Share Your Story). Sharing these thoughts may help, but let’s take a moment to talk about other ways you can reduce these negative thoughts.

Being told to think about “happy things” likely isn’t enough to make you feel better. Positive sentiments about smiling, laughing and cheering up might work in the short term, but when you are really feeling down, those words may make you feel worse. So how do you go about replacing negative thoughts? Ask yourself these questions:

1. Are you focused on having perfect skin? We see people in magazines who have perfect skin, so why can’t you? Next time you look at one of those photos, notice that a lot of work went into making their skin look that perfect. That’s not human, that’s Photoshop.

Let your skin be good enough, or okay, for right now.

2. What else is going on in your life? When bad skin is all you can think about, you’re likely forgetting a lot of the good things that are taking place.  Pimples can be a huge deal, but there is more to you than just your skin.

3. Are you rejecting positive thoughts? Do you have a great sense of humour, generous attitude, and caring personality? Those qualities are important. Don’t diminish how awesome you are by focusing only on acne.

4. Do you read minds? It may seem like everyone is thinking about your acne, but most people are thinking about their own skin.

5. Will you be happy when your acne clears up? It might be a great relief to have clear skin, but people without acne definitely have other worries too. You don’t have to wait until your skin clears up to enjoy life and have fun.

When negative thoughts start to creep in, take some time to really question them, using this post as a guide. Let us know how it works for you.

If you need to talk to someone, please call the Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868.