How to Manage Emotional Effects of Acne

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So find activities that make you relax and feel better. Do yoga or tai chi, listen to music, or try deep-breathing exercises. Take up a calming hobby and make time for it every day.

Take care of yourself. It may seem like common sense, but it's important to take care of more than just your skin. Taking care of your whole body can help your face.

"Eating well, exercising, and getting adequate sleep will help your skin and make you feel better about yourself," says San Diego dermatologist Jeffrey Benabio, MD. "Also, there have been many studies that show regular meditation can reduce anxiety and improve one's sense of well-being."

Get help if you need it. If you find that you won't leave the house, are sad or angry all the time, or won't do things you normally like to do, talk to your doctor. You may need to talk to a counselor or therapist.

Realize you're not the only one. "People think they're doing something wrong because they have acne as an adult," Friedman says. "But adult acne is extremely common and you're not alone." About three out of four people over 20 get acne sometime during their adult lives.

WebMD Feature Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner, MD on June 23, 2014

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Jeffrey Benabio, MD, dermatologist, San Diego.

Whitney Bowe, MD, dermatologist, New York.

Collier, C. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, Oct. 22, 2007.

Adam Friedman, MD, director of dermatologic research, Montefiore Medical Center.

Kellett, S. The British Journal of Dermatology, February 1999.

David Pariser, MD, dermatologist, Norfolk, VA; former president, American Academy of Dermatology.

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