At Clear Clinic, we take an integrative approach to your acne treatment. Meaning that, we don’t only treat the acne, we work on the full picture. During your treatment, we make sure you’re under the care of our mental health consultant Dr. Laura Curtiss Feder. Acne is closely associated with depression. And for good reason. When you are struck with a bad acne breakout, often times that the only thing you can focus on. Dr. Feder offers these tips for those times you feel as though your acne is preventing you from living your life to its fullest:
- “Sleep well and eat right. Have fun. Keep busy. Get moving. Deficits in all of these things are associated with depression – as well as sub-optimal skin! Hit the sack early, seek well-balanced meals and find something active that you enjoy doing, whether its yoga, biking or going for a walk with a friend. The physical activity, getting your mind off of your negative thoughts as well as rewarding yourself are all likely to boost your mood,” says Dr. Feder.
- “Talk to someone. If friends, family and others in your life you trust aren’t enough, you can also consider speaking to a professional psychologist who can help you better understand your negative thoughts and feelings and work with you on specific tools and steps to feel better,” says Dr. Feder
- “In addition, often when people are dealing with situations that can make them feel depressed, like acne or skin conditions, they feel hopeless, helpless or not in control. While we can’t always control everything, think about small steps you can take to help yourself feel better,” offers Dr. Feder.