One of the most baffling phenomena in the world of acne is the physical sensation of feeling unhygienic despite great efforts to get clean.
While the aesthetic challenges, the physical pain, and the failing doctor’s visits will eventually drive anyone mad, I’ve found personally, and through watching others, that the inability to attain the sensation of being clean despite relentless efforts can be the straw that breaks one’s mind.
There are millions of good people taking showers with soaps and medications only to feel completely grimy and dirty within hours or even minutes after coming out of the shower?!??
What in the world is going on when a regular shower “doesn’t take”??
This post was inspired by my shower this morning…. I got out of the shower, dried off, and felt more clean than I have in years. I then grieved for the 20 years of needless subtle suffering I had endured while living a young life uncomfortable and unclean despite taking two showers a day.
(listen to my story here)
If you feel unclean despite taking multiple showers every day, do not be baffled or surprised. You are one of millons who are living your journey through the haze of this relentless grime. It can make you moody and angry sometimes. Do not be surprised if you snap at people or criticize those around you.
As a clue to your state of mind, know that the more critical you are, the more depressed you are becoming. Consider the possibility that your inability to get clean is making you unconsciously bitter.
There are many emotional phenomena surrounding this sensitive condition. I hope this post gives you insight into your own emotional reactions and helps you get your head around this maze-like situation.
As a red flag for life, if you have a family member or friend who frequently acts bitter, angry, upset, critical, or generally uncharming, consider that they may be living a life that is physically uncomfortable despite not having any obvious injury or disease. We are sensitive creatures and there are millions of nerves on the skin. The constant firing of these nerves can create real torture for those who have not been able to break the chronic cycle for years.
©2010 “Do you feel Unclean??” by Dr. Neal Schwartz