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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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In effect, you walk with your clients so that their journey is less lonely. You are heartfelt listeners—not psychologists—who offer attention to the stories told and the life being revealed. You bear witness to their grief because, in the stillness of your treatment room, it is safe to confess it. You encourage and exhort; you search for and find the client’s true face because acne, the thief, has robbed her of it. Lastly, you view “care as a continuous process … not to make life problem-free, but to give ordinary life the depth and value that come from soulfulness.”1


1 T Moore, Care of the Soul, Harper Perennial Press (1992)

2 K Wilber, Grace and Grit, Shambala Press (1992)

3 Acne prevalence, Knowledge about acne and psychological morbidity in mid-adolescence: A community-based study, Br. J. Dermatology. 145(2), 274-9 (2001)

4 Disease specific quality of life is associated with anxiety and depression in patients with acne, J. Eur. Acad. of Dermatology and Venereology, 18(4):435-9 (2004)