Perioral Dermatitis & Self Esteem

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Perioral Dermatitis & Self Esteem

If there is one thing I have learned over the years of sharing PD content online its how many people are effected by it emotionally. As if the sight of it in the mirror every morning wasn’t bad enough we also have to deal with the effects long term breakouts have on our mental health. I remember when I had a red raw breakout I would stop my boyfriend (now husband) kissing me as it was just too painful. Or when he’d call over and I had no makeup on I would just cover my face while I talked with him. He never cared but I always felt so uncomfortable.

Have you ever caught someone inspecting your skin and cringe while you talk to them? Not a nice feeling. People used to freely give me clean eating advice or detox tips when they would see me assuming I ate a shit diet. Ironically I was eating the healthiest I had ever eaten when I started getting frequent breakouts. Don’t ever let people make you feel like shit about your breakouts, you already feel bad enough. Call people out and don’t always feel you have to explain yourself when you have a PD rash on your face. This ugly side to beauty is exactly why I went so ‘anti beauty industry’ and started to wear less makeup and make my own skincare. Less is more and I found that trying to heal and clear my skin was more rewarding then buying lots of makeup to try and cover it up! My quest was to feel confident in wearing no makeup at all.