Wow, this was me exactly. I hated, and still do to some extent, facing my coworkers, managers, clients, etc. on days when my skin was particularly bad. But, like you said, you learn to manage. Most people I would say don't care, though I have noticed wandering eyes from some of my peers when having face-to-face conversations.I haven't quit my job because of acne, but there has been plenty of days I wish I could have called in sick because of it. Fortunately my job doesn't allow me to just call in sick unless it's serious so I had to learn to just deal with it. It's been difficult, especially when I have a bad week. All I think about is my face the entire day and constantly look at the clock to see how long it is before I can go home. But it's defiantly helped me in a lot of ways. I learned that even though I have acne and hate how my face looks other people don't really care. People still treated me the same way and I was still able to accomplish my job for that day. I learned how to have confidence and courage even though I didn't want to. I learned that sometimes I just had to forget about my emotions and just keep on living a normal life. It's not easy to not let your acne control or dictate your life, I still struggle with it. But there has to be a time when we say enough is enough and just live our life the way we want to, acne free or not.
I've been taking antibiotics for 4 months now, and now they're starting to wear off. It's been the best/easiest 4 months since my acne started. My doctor told me I'm going to have to stop taking them soon. I quit my job because I know that when my cystic acne returns it will be hell going out in front of people every day. The exact same thing happened last year when I worked for a year and then quit when my minocycline wore off. I have tried every oral/topical medication except accutane (about to turn 26)
Anybody else quit their job because of acne?
The most important quality is learning how to mitigate and subdue your anxiety so that you are able to operate on a basic professional level. I actually did call out once or twice when my skin was horrendous, but for the most part each day is a balancing act between communicating effectively and managing anxiety.