How we look and how we present ourselves dictate a lot more than just the way that others see us. While that’s always a factor, there’s no denying that, for a lot of people, it’s just as important for self-perception and self-esteem. So, when we’re faced with an embarrassing beauty problem, it’s more than just a blemish, it can really affect our self-confidence. Here, we’re going to look at some of the more common embarrassing issues that women have to deal with, and how we can get back on track and help boost our confidence.

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The spotted back

Acne is an issue that the vast majority of people face in their lifetime at one point or another. However, some people are prone to getting it in places that others might not. Back acne (or bacne) and butt acne can be particularly embarrassing once summer rolls around. A lot of the time, the causes tend to fall in a few categories. You may be clogging up the pores in your back, for instance, by using too much sunscreen or massage oils, in which case you should stick to lighter, more moisturizing products. Chafing skin can cause inflammation leading to acne, too, so try paying attention to which clothes are cause friction and finding lighter, more breathable replacements. For treating the acne, salicylic acid as shown by allure.com is an effective treatment for cleaning out the blemishes.

A fading smile

Do you love a cup of coffee in the morning or a glass of wine in the evening? Your tongue might thank you for it but your teeth are going to be of an entirely different opinion. Discolored or stained teeth are readily and regularly named as one of the most embarrassing beauty issues women face. When you feel unable to smile fully, it’s no surprise that it can knock your confidence. However, whitening strips can do wonders to help restore some vibrancy to your smile and, if you want quicker results, talk to your dentist about a whitening treatment. There are very few cosmetic dental issues that can’t be helped with a trip to the chair. You just have to be willing to tackle them head on.

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That flaky scalp

It’s itchy, it’s irritating, and it always seems to be somewhere on your clothes. Even if dandruff or flaky scalp isn’t immediately noticeable to others, you become hypersensitive to it when you’ve suffered from it for some time and once you spot it, you worry everyone else. There are a lot of treatments for dandruff and different kinds of excess scalp skin, but it’s important you get the different diagnosed. Eczema and psoriasis are different from dandruff, for instance, and require a different kind of treatment. For regular old dandruff, topical steroids and tea tree oil can do wonders to help restore a little balance to your head.

A thinning head

Dandruff and dry scalp are far from the only issues plaguing heads around the world. Hair loss is extremely common, and it’s not too much more uncommon in women than in men, but we treat it as a “male problem”. That way, when a woman has it, it can be even more devastating. Hormonal changes, vitamin imbalance and anxiety are some of the more common causes of hair loss, but therighthairstyles.com shows some effective methods of treating it, such as vitamin-rich shampoos that can help treat a vitamin A deficiency. As the causes of thinning hair can be varied, treatment is varied too, so it might take a couple tries to find the one that works for you.

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Big blue veins

Varicose veins are the enemy of many a woman. They’re common in women who are pregnant, overweight, or getting older, but not limited to them. These big, blue veins can require surgery to fix if they’re severe enough. However, most women can treat them naturally through weight loss if recommended, as well as by using compression socks and stockings like those shown at thewirecutter.com. Varicose veins are an issue of circulation, and compression has been shown to improve circulation throughout the legs. Regular exercise and physical activity have been shown to help, too.

Confidence comes from more than just how we look, of course. As well as following the tips above to stand up to surface level problems, every woman should be encouraged to practice a little more self-love, to acknowledge what is worth loving and respecting about themselves. True confidence can shine out no matter how you feel about your body, skin, or hair.