I, myself being a girl who had acne, would like to add something to this thread.I am a sri lankan and after 1980s and onward, people here have an impression that people with acne are ugly. But in the past, i mean a generation or two back, acne was considered to be a sign of a girl's healthiness, fertility and activeness and girls without acne were taken to be dull, stagnant,ill people.
However I never listened the comments about my face even when i had bleeding wounds and acne with puss because i always love my self and i am pretty to myself. however i got rid of it after four years and still i am 27.and i was always considered to be a teen of about 15 or 16 even when i was a working girl of 25 coz i had face reddened with acne,which looked youthful, bright and full of life unlike those of girls without acne, which were homogeneous allover(colour and texture),like mummies. even now i have small scarring which contours my face beautifully (and no need of blushing make up too), rarely breakouts which add girly redness and i never do make up so that i am exhibiting my natural beauty without hiding acne scars. And i am often being mistaken to be a younger girl while many of my friends were mistaken to be about 28, 30, 35 or even moms with kids or married women. And there is no specific measurement for beauty.no standards. those funny standards are only in the mud filled heads of beauticians,commercial people and foolish folk that worship the above.
And i believe the facial features and shapes account for the beauty, not the skin colour or texture.
ex. A person with thousands of acne or some other thing will be handsome if he has enchanting eyes,nose and lips.
And every person is beautiful even if he/she is african,american,european or asian irrespective of skin colour.
FrankPlk,thank you for putting a smile on my face and giving me hope for a while.But,I think men who share your opinion are extremely rare.Sometimes people tell me that they didnt even noticed my acne and scars-they are pretty obvious,unfortunatelly,because of how great person I am.But thats just two or three opinions.All through school people would call me spotty.The worst thing is when you re in love.And he is great,with wonderful,pure skin.I can be as great as I want,but when another girl comes,with even greater personality than my own,and with a lovely skin,guess whom will he choose.
Sometimes I wonder would Ingrid Bergman,Grace Kelly or Nicole Kidman be considered beautiful with acnes and would they ever become actresses.I wanted to be one,too,but never tried drama school for obvious reasons.I maybe sound pessimistic,but I guess I accepted reality although it hurts me every day.So I renounced the love of my life.Its simply how it goes.
Darling, would you read my post? if u have great features u r pretty.
I understand your desire to make acne more socially acceptable, but you're going at it the wrong (and false) way. This post-modernist rewriting of what some things are (big is beautiful, no it's not, obesity is a disease) is doing more harm then good.
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.
i just think you made some good points here. well said!
if it is you in the picture, u dont appear pretty to me since u do not have a nice facial shape, lovely eyes which are an essential for a girl and u have only a blunt nose and non-shapely lips and no special attractive feature even if u dont have acne. if u had some acne, ur face would have looked a bit lively and human and natural. now only like a childish painting on parchment.....oh poor...