Acne, spots, bumps or not, we want you to feel encouraged and empowered. Truthfully, we don’t expect you to look in the mirror and say, "I love you, pimples" or grab your guitar and sing kumbayah when you get a breakout.
Pimples suck, acne is no fun, and no one wishes for a breakout. You want pimples that pop up to go away and we hear you and we see you. But even though your skin is your body’s largest organ, and our personal favorite, you are still more than your skin. WAY, WAY more! There are strategies you can use to help!
Do you freak out when you break out? I know I have! It is natural when we have a break-out to look in the mirror and think things like “These pimples are gross!” “I hate my skin!” “Things are never going to get any better!” Even though it is natural we think this way, it is harmful too.
Repeating negative thoughts, particularly feelings or emotions that we state as if they are truths, can cause an increased heart rate and shallower breathing. Feelings of hopelessness can strip of the bravery to try new things, or to continue trying to make things better.
One of our dearest friends at A Children’s House for the Soul is Rick Guidotti a famous and very skilled photographer and founder of the amazing nonprofit Positive Exposure.
Rick says, “Change how you see, see how you change.” We want to suggest that you change how you see, or rather, what you say to yourself in the mirror. Because how you talk to yourself matters and you have the power to talk to yourself in a way that leaves you encouraged and empowered, while still being honest about your thoughts and feelings. After all, you can’t be kind to yourself and inauthentic to yourself at the same time.
To be empowered means to feel capable of completing the task ahead of you, to be full of the power to accomplish your goal. To be encouraged means to have the courage or inner strength to move forward in using that power or capability.
So as my favorite skin doctor says, “let's flip the script!”
Instead of thinking “Those pimples are gross,” what about “ I am not a fan of these pimples, but I know some things I can do to try to make them go away?” Rather than, “I hate my skin” try “I wish my skin would clear up, but I do like this fantastic smile of mine!” Finally, replace, “Things are never going to get any better,” with “My skin isn’t healing as quickly as I wanted, but I will keep trying this regimen that my doctor recommended.”
By changing how you see yourself, changing how you think, you are creating a space within your heart and mind that believes that you have the courage to do the things you want to do and the power to accomplish your goals. It is like this if you tell yourself, you can you might be right. If you tell yourself, you can’t you’ll always be right. When we say you were made a masterpiece, we don’t just mean that you were made an incredible work of art. You aren’t just the Mona Lisa, you are a microchip! Beautifully functional, imperfectly awesome. So, even though acne is challenging, you can empower and encourage yourself through it. Because you were made a masterpiece.
Is there anything more fun than being able to celebrate Christmas in July with friends at the ACHFTS House? We think not! We had the most amazing day celebrating all things Christmas during our annual “Itching to get out event!” We got messy making some delicious cookies in our ACH kitchen, made a splash and …
We had such a special day out Camp for all, for our Camp Dermadillo Family Day! We rode horses, panned for jewels, rock climbed, ziplined, laughed, played, shot arrows, and even sang happy birthday! So many new friends were made and everyone was reminded that they were made a masterpiece! We had several new families …
Our Praise Party on March 6th was such a special day! We had cookies, played with toys and created prayer and wish boxes. Most importantly we took the time to celebrate all of the wonderful gifts that have been provided to us through the end of 2021 and into 2022. We are so grateful for the provision of our amazing donors, our wonderful volunteers, and dear friends and families who help us to live our mission every day. Most of all we are grateful to Jesus, the Lord our God who through all of these allows us to spread His message that we are all made a masterpiece. Check out our Praise and Answered Prayers Board to see just some of our 2021 blessings.
A Children’s House For The Soul was honored to participate in the 2022 Chevron Houston Marathon! It was our first year as a run for a reason charity and we were so blessed with such a special opportunity! We had a team of over 10 half and full marathon runners, and 8 5K runners representing …
Getting your child to comply with wet wraps can feel like can be a battle! Which if you think about it, is a little ironic, because by administering wet wraps you are helping your child’s suit of armor, their skin defends itself against the outside world! So let us talk strategy, determine some “weapons” for your arsenal, and let’s realign so that you and your child can go from enemies to allies.
When we feel overwhelmed or stressed, it can be tempting to tell ourselves (or each other!) Just relax, calm down! When we are stressed or freaking out, that is easier said than done. That’s why preparing a “coping tool kit,” a set of strategies for dealing with stress can be really powerful.
Stop picking, popping, poking your pimples!
I know, it’s sort of like eating the whole bag of potato chips…we all know we aren’t supposed to do it, and yet, the temptation is SO STRONG! So…how do you stop?
Start with choosing an alternative activity!
We had so much fun at our first annual Heart + Sole Walk and Back To School Family festival! We want to thank all of our sponsors and everyone who came out to support our mission to make the world a more kind and understanding place for those with skin conditions.
As a Child Life Specialist working with teens and kids who have special skin, there is one question I get A LOT. “How do I talk to my teenager, when they tell me they don’t like how they look?” Parents are so worried that they will say the “wrong thing.” And truthfully, I have spent …
We had an amazing time celebrating the launch of our brand new SKIN DISCOVERY BOXES, a very special collaboration with our friends at CeraVe! CeraVe’s tireless pursuit of therapeutic skincare for all is truly more than skin deep and we couldn’t be more thankful. We celebrated in style thanks to our friends at Star Cinema …
A Children’s House for the Soul believes that it takes a village to support a child and family impacted by skin disease and birthmarks and that we are all better together.
Open House and Ribbon Cutting/Bring A Children’s House Home: On June 5th we began a very exciting new chapter of our A Children’s House story in the form of opening up our new beautiful space to serve children and teenagers with skin conditions and birthmarks and their families. This space includes a salon, a library & craft space, a teen room, and more! We also debuted our incredible new custom mural from up and coming local artist Eli Pallaert.
Our Family Trivia night was oh so much fun, and a huge success! We had so much fun getting to reconnect with all our friends and enjoy some laughs while snacking out on pizza and snowcones!
In honor of Vascular Birthmark Awareness Month, our childlife specialist Lindsay O’Sullivan had a great conversation with Jose about growing up with his special masterpiece skin!
In this interview, Ally shares about her experiences growing up with Ichthyosis. Ally shares how: Meeting other kids with special skin can help kids to feel less isolated and give them a very special sense of comradery and understanding. Parents don’t have to do everything perfectly to be the perfect parent for their child and …
What a wonderful time to relax, enjoy friendly company, and share their hearts on being a mama to a kiddo or teen with special skin. It was truly so special! These mamas were made a masterpiece!
Vascular birthmarks are very common in children. These birthmarks are made of blood vessels in the skin and can occur anywhere on the body. They may be pink or red in color, blue or purplish, flat or raised. Since they are vascular, sometimes they will feel warm to touch and may change in color with …
We have some exciting updates about our Capital Campaign! Learn about our short and long term plans for our own space.
You Can’t Teach What Has No History “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of …
In honor of Ectodermal Dysplasia Awareness month in February, we sat down with two of our dearest friends Zach and his mama Susan! Zach is an avid golfer, an Aggie, and is affected by Ectodermal Dysplasia. Susan and Zach teach us about ED and the importance of finding community. They also had helpful tips and …