Posted 03 April 2012 - 12:06 PM
Sweet victory, THANK you for mentioning this. Acne is, after all, NOT HERE BY OUR CHOICE! Who in the right mind would PURPOSEFULLY want to put reddening, swollen, painful pimples and cysts ALL over their face and NOT do something about it? Not one person I've met have EVER expected, nor ASKED, for their acne, and at least a quarter of these people are still with me because of their acne to this very day.
I remember being in hot, and I mean WHITE HOT RAGE when several teachers pulled me out of the lunch room at my high school once day, and put me in the nurses office, just so they could stare me down (without telling me why for several minutes!!!) and then blindly hand me an acne ointment, as though they were trying to convince themselves that THEY are doing something in MY best interest by rudely pointing out what was so obviously BLEEDING and sticking out of my face. This irks me to no end. It's OBVIOUS what I have, WHY would your first thought be that I need to try something that YOU recommend when you clearly have no acne scaring or "experience" with it whatsoever?
Acne is a sobering realization that there is so much more going on in our bodies that meets the eye. For some reason, companies make a TON of money off their acne products, because so many people get acne at some point in their lives. But when those with OUT acne lecture you on what they think is BEST, or silently do something for you (like hand you a bar of special face soap), then I literally become speechless, if not immensely hurt by their actions (my only exception would be people who were obviously interested in the field of skin and just happen to know about acne, like dermatologists and doctors). What's wrong with asking, "Hey! How are you doing? By the way, I've noticed that your acne has been persistent for quite some time. Is there anything I can do to help?"..... you know, like a caring clueless way to let people know that you WANT to politely say something about it but they are willing to listen to you first..... RATHER than saying something like, "Hey! Have you ever tried considered Neutrogena? I've seen the commercials for it, it looks great for someone with your skin!". I don't know, maybe it's the way they say it, but there are so many other things they COULD have done, or even spoken about in a different way, rather than treat you as a moron. But the real help would be for them to never bring it up at all, yet for some reason they still do because "it's acne". Isn't that something?