Bodily preoccupations

Individuals with BDD are preoccupied with the idea that some aspect of their appearance is unattractive, deformed, or 'not right' in some way. Concerns usually focus on the face or head but can involve any body area. (5,10> The skin, hair, and nose are most often disliked (e.g. acne, scarring, lines, or pale skin, hair thinning, or a large or crooked nose). Concern with bodily asymmetry (e.g. 'uneven' buttocks) is common. Although the concern usually focuses on specific areas, it may involve overall appearance. An example of this is muscle dysmorphia, in which patients think that their body build is small and puny, when in reality it is large and muscular. BDD by proxy consists of a preoccupation with supposed flaws in another person's appearance, which may lead to insistence that the person have surgery or dermatological treatment.

BDD preoccupations are distressing, time-consuming, and usually difficult to resist or control. Clinical observations suggest that the preoccupations are typically associated with feelings of low self-esteem, shame, embarrassment, unworthiness, and fear of rejection. Indeed, the core ideational content of BDD involves the belief that one is defective and unappealing.

How To Reduce Acne Scarring

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Acne is a name that is famous in its own right, but for all of the wrong reasons. Most teenagers know, and dread, the very word, as it so prevalently wrecks havoc on their faces throughout their adolescent years.

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