(BPT) - It was once believed that costly doctor visits were the only way to get health advice. Now, thanks to websites like WebMD and health.com, Americans are only a few clicks away from valuable medical information. Millions of people are flocking to online resources to learn about health conditions, with some of the most commonly searched topics being related to skin concerns. Acne is known to be the most common skin disorder in the U.S., affecting 40-50 million people, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Further research has shown that up to 95 percent of people with acne may go on to suffer from scarring. Acne scars are disfiguring and can make sufferers feel isolated, ashamed, or embarrassed, which is why an educational and supportive online community for these individuals is of growing importance.
“A Scar Free Me” is one such online community that was specifically created to empower people who live with acne scars. Despite how common the skin disorder is, those who suffer from acne scars often don’t know how to address it or who to talk to. The resulting social anxiety and isolation can be overwhelming.
To combat both the physical and emotional scars left by acne, “A Scar Free Me” is a one-stop hub designed to connect and help people who suffer from acne scars. To illustrate how this is done, here are five ways in which the online community brings people together to say goodbye to their most hated skin imperfection:
1. A holistic approach. Those who live with acne scars know the toll they can take on one’s self-esteem. Recognizing that these scars go deeper than just the skin on your face, “A Scar Free Me” offers support to address the many social and emotional issues that arise from scarring, as well as practical measures to eliminate the physical effects of scarring.
2. Ask the experts. With a team of medical doctors, dermatologists and self-esteem experts ready to answer questions associated with acne scarring, community members can get real answers to a wide range of questions — from relationships to social anxiety to daily skin care.
3. A community message board. This is an opportunity for people to share their story and connect with others who have similar experiences. Through making these connections, many community members find relief from the isolation that so often results from scarring. The support network that develops is a vital component to building self-esteem and restoring the confidence that acne scars can rob people of.
4. Treatment options. As a hub for both expert advice and individual sharing, “A Scar Free Me” is a place where a lot of new treatment options are discussed. One that has recently been creating a lot of buzz among the community members is Bellafill. The community’s experts noted Bellafill is the only filler on the market approved by the FDA for the correction of facial acne scars.
5. Confidence Corner Blog. Written by the same team of experts that answer the questions of community members, this blog covers common struggles and offers real-world advice for helping people with acne scarring improve their lives.
What is noteworthy about “A Scar Free Me” is how it creates a conversation between experts and ordinary people looking for help. While consulting with a physician is always the recommended approach for determining the best course of action to treat skin imperfections, this online community is an easy way for people to gain strength and not let their scars define them.
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