I think appearance has varying levels of importance depending on the situation. IMO, in a relationship, appearance has little value, but I also tend to date unattractive guys. I find myself more attracted to someone who is intelligent, funny, witty and spontaneous than a good-looking man that doesn't have those characteristics. Some people place more importance on importance, others on personality, but overall personality is a huge factor, especially in long term. In a job setting, you might gain a little advantage over others for having a nice looking face, but overall it is your credentials that you will earn you the job.
Why do you feel like your skin limits what you can do? And hopefully I can help you become happy with how you look.
Well, considering I've never been in a relationship, I'll take your word for anything relationship-related.
As for my skin limiting what I can do, that's not necessarily what I meant. I'm sure it doesn't help my career aspirations, but what I meant was, actually, who I become -- not what I do. My scarring is severe enough that it is very noticeable and I can attempt to hide it (which I don't see myself doing...), but realistically I can't rid myself of it. That's tough for me because I have most of my life ahead, and I never thought I'd be dealing with this long-term.
And, I don't mean this as an insult, but you're not going to be able to "help me become happy with how I look." To me, it's just not that simple; it's not something I'm going to accept. I'm really not sure why I scarred like I did, and, more than likely, I'll be forever haunted by the fact that I might have been able to prevent it.
I do, however, appreciate your willingness to converse with me. Outside of this site, I have nobody to talk about these issues with. So, for that, thanks again.