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The Further I Am From The Mirror, My Acne Marks Are Red, Visible And Prominent. If I'm Right In Front Of The Mirror, The Marks Are Not As Red?


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#1 Camz

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 03:03 PM

I notice if I stand further from the mirror, my acne marks are red. But If I go close up to the mirror, my marks only seem to be a tiny bit red, faded, and not that bad. The marks on my temple even seem to be the same color as my skin! Yet back it up and they become red again!

Is this normal? What does this mean?

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 07:56 PM

Wow this is so weird haha I just noticed the same thing and then came on here to see if I could find anything about it, and i find this topic. My marks are much more dominant when I stand away but close even 2 ft away they disappear, I still have some red marks on my left cheek from years ago. Makes me wonder what people see throughout the day..

Im wonderin about laser treatment and that.. but everything has such negative side effects.. sucks lol.. hopefully they just fade in time, I need to stay out of the sun too.. thats what I think f'ed me, Ive been in the sun a lot for the past 2 years.

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 08:00 PM

Yup. Happens to me, too. Up close my hyperpigmentation looks almost non existent.

Wow this is so weird haha I just noticed the same thing and then came on here to see if I could find anything about it, and i find this topic. My marks are much more dominant when I stand away but close even 2 ft away they disappear, I still have some red marks on my left cheek from years ago. Makes me wonder what people see throughout the day..

Im wonderin about laser treatment and that.. but everything has such negative side effects.. sucks lol.. hopefully they just fade in time, I need to stay out of the sun too.. thats what I think f'ed me, Ive been in the sun a lot for the past 2 years.


Yes yes yes!!! Stay out of the sun and wear a moisturizer with sunscreen EVERYDAY. If not, everything else you do for your hyperpigmentation is pointless.

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Posted 11 November 2012 - 11:13 PM

Could it be the lighting from where you're standing from that could be affecting how prominent the acne mark looks from far?

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 03:22 PM

I think it has more to do with the fact that from afar (assuming you are looking at a mirror), you notice things about your face that stand out (sharp eyes, how your hair looks overall, etc.), but with red marks - they're pretty prominent (assuming also that you have no makeup of any kind on), so your eyes will immediately detect them and you'll notice them more. Up close in a mirror, you focus more on your facial features, such as your eyes, etc.

I know what you're saying because I've noticed this a lot too, but the situation can be reversed, too. Up close...the marks can be very noticeable (which makes more sense) and from far away, they're not as noticeable.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 10:33 AM

Do you guys think that acne marks look much worse in the bathroom light rather than natural outside light? This is what I noticed at least.

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 02:54 AM

Do you guys think that acne marks look much worse in the bathroom light rather than natural outside light? This is what I noticed at least.


It really depends on your bathroom lighting, too, since everyone uses different lightbulbs and such. But GENERALLY speaking, most bathroom lighting is pretty harsh, so it won't help you too much.

Whenever possible, use natural lighting as a guide because it's obviously...the most natural, and it's also the most true representation of how your skin looks.

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 03:11 AM

I've noticed this too recently - and it upset me / freaked me out because I started to worry about what other people see of my skin because I'm not standing up close to them like I would at a mirror!

Anyway - I think it all has to do with the lighting.

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