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Internet Trolling and Acne Stigma in the Selfie Age

August 15, 2016 by Lidia

Every week there seems to be stories hurtling around cyber space about high profile cases of celebrities being exposed to online bullying, or “trolling”. From the recent body shaming bullies who have targeted the celebrities of Love Island and TOWIE to the huge backlash of fans attacking each other online following the Swift/Kanye debacle, celebrities have been driven off social media and real hurt has been caused to real people following nasty comments sent under the safety of anonymity. However, even though these are voiced in the virtual world, comments about your appearance or demeanour can have hugely negative impact on self-esteem.

High profile figures, including Stephen Fry, have been trolled to the point they abandon their social media profiles. So what drives people to affect others in this way?

The word trolling is thought to come frthe act of towing bait behind a boat (perhaps this is why people wait for people to bite on their cutting comments).  It is often regarded as the online equivalent of road rage, or preying on the already vulnerable for “kicks”.

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Trolling has gone from strength to strength in recent years as we are becoming increasingly connected. Message boards, Facebook pages and comment sections are packed full of hurtful comments and threats. Although the trolls themselves may see the funny side, for many the outward aggression and personal nature of the remarks borders on hate speech.

Acne specialists agree that the psychological scars of acne can be worse than the physical ones, with already impressionable young people being much more self-conscious about their looks as we are confronted with selfies and filters on a daily basis.  The face is obviously the most prominent feature of this phenomenon, and social media platforms are set up to emphasise this further.

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As such it is easy to fall into social avoidance tactics, becoming self-conscious and lacking assertiveness.  Acne, although such a common skin condition (being associated with 8 out of 10 teenagers) has a concerning rate of depression at a staggering 10% of those affected.

We are dedicated to removing the stigma from acne – our Understanding Acne page lists the causes of acne and the ways in which the physical symptoms can be reduced.

The following can help if you are looking for an acne treatment but require additional support:

  • Support: Enlist the support of friends and family. Be open and let them know how you feel and how they can help.
  • Skincare: Follow a good skin care routine to maintain skin health
  • Be active: Research shows exercise promotes a positive attitude and feeling of well-being.  Be social. Make an effort to visit with friends and attend social events.
  • How to get rid of acne symptoms: our help: clear skin soluble supplement   contains scientifically proven, 100% natural ingredients that clear spots, acne and redness from the inside out – targeting the root causes of bacterial build up and containing ingredients to reduce scars.

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