I’d like to get some advice from female perspectives here (guys can chime in too) about how to get back into the dating scene after years of being shackled by the struggle with acne and all the emotional crap that goes along with it.
Just to preface here, I’m a 25 year old guy and I’ve been single for about five months now. I’ve finally reached a stage in my life where I have my acne under control thanks to Dan’s Regimen…and I’m comfortable enough to at least TRY to meet new people and develop a lasting relationship with a girl. A little backstory: I’ve had girlfriends in the past, but I’ve always dealt with the insecurity that comes along with acne so most of all my former girlfriends made the first move and pursued me (I have no idea why, I looked terrible and acne-scarred but for whatever reason they showed interest in me)
Basically I want to reach that point where I’m confident enough to go after a girl that I find interesting and be bold enough to make that initial contact…but I’m not 100% free of that old familiar approach anxiety. I still have those nagging fears that I had when my breakouts were at their worst where I convinced myself that a girl wouldn’t even give me the time of day if I talked to her…and I’d be doing her a favor if I didn’t approach her or bother her at all.
It’s crazy to even think about this because even though I’m free from breakouts right now I feel like the GHOST of those old breakouts is still always with me, haunting me and reminding me of my lowest points in life.
So some questions for the people on this forum.
Are you in a relationship? Any advice on how you maintain that relationship and keep it healthy and thriving? How did you get over the anxiety/insecurity that comes with acne when just getting to know your partner?
And for the single people on the forum…do you date? Do you approach the girls or guys you’re interested in, and if so, how do you get over that fear of rejection?
Any and all advice is appreciated!