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Finding Your True Self

By: Anne Martin
Posted: June 23, 2008, from the May 2006 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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“… biophysical disorder caused by viruses … genetics … alternative treatment usually ineffective, (and may actually hinder) proper treatment …” (medical)

“… nonvirtuous past actions … now coming to fruition …” (karma)

“… meaningless … disease is a specific cluster of causes, gotten by chance … or necessity …” (scientific)

“… an inescapable part of the manifest world … only in enlightenment is illness finally transcended …” (Buddhist)

“Men and women necessarily and intrinsically swim in the ocean of meaning, and sometimes drown in it,” Wilber points out.2 Wading through their own beliefs and feelings can be difficult enough for those with acne. But contending with the attitudes, the judgments and, at times, the heartless assumptions of others can prove overwhelming. It comes as no surprise that, according to a British Journal of Dermatology article, those with “definite acne” (12-plus lesions) had higher levels of emotional and behavioral difficulties, and that acne “appears to have a considerable impact on emotional health (14–16 years old).”3

Impaired quality of life