This isn't really about a hive mind. There's only two possible cases, either 1) it matters to an extent.... or 2) it's irrelevant.
My experience tells me that the majority of people are put off by it to an extent. Certainly not the same extent for everyone, but it is a completely undesireable trait. It's not an issue of preference like blue eyes vs brown eyes, etc.
Here's a cliche that holds true - looks don't matter in relationships. A relationship that's based on superficial aspects is going to fall apart eventually.
Yes, there has to be an initial attraction but that's not
entirely tied to physical traits. It's determined by complex chemistry between two people. Again, different people put different weight on these traits.
So in your personal experience, the majority of people you've encountered find acne off-putting. That still doesn't mean acne has to be the end-all, be-all determinant of whether a person's relationship material.
Here's my anecdotal evidence:
-I'm married to a man who used to have severe facial acne and has current acne scarring with active acne covering his back. If I carried out my dating life according to how some people in this forum believe it should go, I shouldn't have considered him a romantic prospect at all. And since I still break out when my stress levels are high, he shouldn't have considered me a prospect either.
And yet these facts didn't factor into the equation when I started dating him or how physically attracted I was to him. What matters to me in the long run is how he treats me. There are qualities that affect a relationship that far outweigh how clear a person's skin is.
Edited by mameha, 04 January 2013 - 04:26 AM.