Acne is universally considered non attractive in all cultures. While some part of attractibility can be influenced by culture (from rubenesque, to skinny minnie, from pale to tanned, etc) some are universal (T&A for women, wide hips and firm breasts and delineated waist, clear skin).
Acne represents lesions in the skin, inflammation, random patterned scars, and the collection of pus under a plug of sebum. Saying skin is bad because it has acne isn't some culturally brainwashed fact. It's simply biology. While in the 18th century having a tan meant you were a lowly brute, and now it means you're hot, in all centuries acne was considered a flaw.
Now, do people still recognise beauty in others despite acne? Of course! It may be harder, or easier, on a non-issue, or even a deal breaker for some, but it's another marker that can up or lower your general attractivity level. Thankfully you can raise it by stuff you can control, and that you're responsible for - like how funny, smart, educated, and pleasant you are.
Wow. This is probably the first time I am "accused" of being post-modern. I don't quite know whether I should feel honoured or dishonoured/
More seriously, suzushii, allow me to humbly disagree. I like your argumentation. It is solid and respectful (and obviously you are quite a cultivated person). But, still, you don't convince me.
First, I should reiterate my point: I personally find acne attractive, at times. This is not the consequence of my (post modern?) reasoning, but the what triggers it.
I do agree with you that there are certain points which are more universal when it comes attraction. I could even agree that maybe some aspects are fully universal. But I don't agree with you list. Acne is not one of them, and underlining it in your list will not make it more of it.
Yes, of course, acne is a lesion of the skin, and all other things in you description. All these name from biology which you use sound uggly -like most scientific terms. You would make Nefertiti look uggly if you described her face with these terms. As to the notion that, ni all centuries, acne has been considered as a flaw, I fail to see what facts you bring in support to it.
Don't take me bad: I don't mean to be mean with you. Once again, I fully respect your reasonning, and I appreciate that you took time to reply to me. And it's good to be able to argue with an intelligent person. I also see where you come from: I am sure you suffer from acne, and you can be resenting my personal opinion on it as some sort of denial of your sincere opinions about it. I fully respect this. But that will not change the fact that I find acne to be sometimes attractive.