Yes – I do indeed see the irony in posting an online article about how you should stop researching acne on the internet, but I think it needs to be said.
In this age of information, it’s easy to get lost down the rabbit hole. For as long as acne has been around, I’m sure it has caused frustration. But now, with seemingly endless information, opinions and options, I believe the internet leads to new levels of obsession.
Not only is this type of desperate searching not helpful, I think it can actually exacerbate your acne.
Say what? Looking for acne solutions can make my acne worse? Are you serious?
As serious as a new pimple on date night.
Stress is a major contributing factor to acne that most people over look. What it does to your system results in increased oil production and skin cell growth. (Translation – more blocked pores and acne.) If you spend countless hours online looking for answers to your acne problem, then you’re constantly under low grade stress.
There is of course a difference between desperately searching online, and gaining empowering information. I always hope to provide the later, but if you’re starting to feel the former, let this be the last thing you read on the internet about acne.
So, how do you know you’re spending too much time scouring the internet? Well…
- You spend hours in one sitting.
The internet is a wonderful resource, to be sure. But if you get lost down the rabbit hole, lose track of time, forget to eat, and can’t seem to walk away, you’re taking things too far.
- You’re seriously considering using your own urine on your skin.
I’ve seen some down right bizarre suggestions for acne online, and yes, this is one of them. If what you find is asking you to do weird, gross, unsafe or unhealthy things, and you’re honestly considering them, it means you’re scraping the bottom of the barrel and you’re getting desperate. Take your search offline and speak to someone in person.
- You have an English paper, or a work project, due in the morning – but it’s 1am and you’re still in an acne forum.
You shouldn’t be putting off anything important in your quest for clearer skin. Your skin care journey should be a side plot, not the main story line.
- All the ads in your Facebook feed and your Google searches are for acne products.
Your internet history follows you. Have you ever been browsing Amazon for a new set of sheets, now suddenly ads for sheets are everywhere you go online? If all you’re seeing are ads for acne products, that means the only thing you’ve been doing is going to acne websites.
Don’t get me wrong. I understand. This is something that is truly affecting your life and you want a solution. It feels like as long as you are looking for some sort of answer, you are actively working on solving this problem.
But I promise you, this is the equivalent of spinning your wheels. You need to turn off the monitor, close the laptop, put down the phone or tablet and stop wasting time with mostly unhelpful advice.
So then, what do you do instead?
I’m not saying you have to give up. It’s just time you started to look at your life more holistically. I know you want the acne to get better, but do you really want it running your life while it’s still there? Loosen the grip the acne has over you. Don’t give it so much power over you. Go out and live your life. Breathe. Meditate. Play with your pet. Take your children to the park. Knit something. Any one of those things can help you de-stress, and done often enough, that could greatly improve your skin.
So how about it? Have you found yourself getting lost online? Are you inclined to stop? Why or why not? I would love to hear from you in the comments below.
Until next time Lovelies.