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although ive never been employed, acne has always made me worry about being interviewed upclose and facing customers.

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Hell yea, my work record is terrible. I have constantly quit jobs all of my life. Fact is though, I am held in high regard for my knowledge of profession and work ethic.

just some of the reasons for quitting; underqualified people being promoted instead of me strickly because of appearance

often getting the shit work to do instead of others ( you can guess why)

literally hearing coworkers describing my condition when they thought I was out of ear shot

Not fitting in well at new jobs

I have at times been abrasive with coworkers just because I didn't want them and their clearskin attitude around me

Yea, I carry a chip on shoulder because of what I went through and I have no intentions on playing my hand differently. It does put me in tough binds both on a personal and financial level. So much so that as I write this I'm looking at starting a new carreer where I no longer need to interact with many people.

Trying to narrow a choice down while still being able to earn a half decent living has been very difficult. Time will tell how I make out.

Growing up I always thought life was supposed to get easier as you got older. In my case, life gets dramatically harder as each day passes.

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I'm really having to take a hard look at how much of my confidence has come from 'looking nice' before now. I taught this year and was extremely humbled (in a bad way) by how students responded to my acne. Now I'm about to start another 'face job' (what I now call any job where person-to-person interaction is important) and am trying to talk myself into building better self-esteem. My acne had been under control for 10 years (from 16 - 26) and I had no idea how much stock I'd put in clear skin. 'Just another 1,' it sounds like you've had a terrible time of it, and I'm so, so sorry. I really hope you can find the right situation for you - I can't believe how ugly people can be.

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I'm 100% acne has been the reason I haven't got jobs at interview before. My skin makes me feel totally unemployable. Why WOULD anybody want to hire somebody who looked like shit?

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...Yea, I carry a chip on shoulder because of what I went through and I have no intentions on playing my hand differently. It does put me in tough binds both on a personal and financial level. So much so that as I write this I'm looking at starting a new carreer where I no longer need to interact with many people.

Trying to narrow a choice down while still being able to earn a half decent living has been very difficult. Time will tell how I make out.

Growing up I always thought life was supposed to get easier as you got older. In my case, life gets dramatically harder as each day passes.

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I'm 100% acne has been the reason I haven't got jobs at interview before. My skin makes me feel totally unemployable. Why WOULD anybody want to hire somebody who looked like shit?

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I called in sick this morning because I hate my job so much, because of my skin. I constantly have to be up close to people under bright white lights, or outside light. My job requires alot of team work so I'm always around people. I constantly worry about what people are thinking of my face.

One time, one of my co workers blurted out infront of everybody "hey man, what's the deal with your wearing make up every day". I almost DIED! It was soooo embarrasing. I made up some lie about having Roseca (sp?) and that being the reason that my skin is somtimes blotchy and appearing to have make up on it.

BLAH! Ever since then (about one month into my job) I've hated it, and everyday has been a major challenge, just to go in. I definatly feel you all on this whole job issue

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Don't really know because I work for myself..but, I do have a Masters Degree in Education and I'm convinced I didn't get hired for a few jobs because of my skin. I know I knocked em dead in the interview process but, I really believe because of the cysts that I had visible on my forehead that I was turned down. Of course they can't say that because you can sue for discrimination but you can almost feel it. I swear, during one interview, it seemed that the group at the school that interviewed me weren't looking at me rather it seems like their eye's were zeroing in on my forehead and the cysts...it almost felt unconfortable.

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I called in sick this morning because I hate my job so much, because of my skin. I constantly have to be up close to people under bright white lights, or outside light. My job requires alot of team work so I'm always around people. I constantly worry about what people are thinking of my face.

One time, one of my co workers blurted out infront of everybody "hey man, what's the deal with your wearing make up every day". I almost DIED! It was soooo embarrasing. I made up some lie about having Roseca (sp?) and that being the reason that my skin is somtimes blotchy and appearing to have make up on it.

BLAH! Ever since then (about one month into my job) I've hated it, and everyday has been a major challenge, just to go in. I definatly feel you all on this whole job issue

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low intensity natural light makes me look like i have 100x the bumps the i do, even though those areas look smooth and not red in any other light

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Hell yea, my work record is terrible. I have constantly quit jobs all of my life. Fact is though, I am held in high regard for my knowledge of profession and work ethic.

just some of the reasons for quitting; underqualified people being promoted instead of me strickly because of appearance

often getting the shit work to do instead of others ( you can guess why)

literally hearing coworkers describing my condition when they thought I was out of ear shot

Not fitting in well at new jobs

I have at times been abrasive with coworkers just because I didn't want them and their clearskin attitude around me

Yea, I carry a chip on shoulder because of what I went through and I have no intentions on playing my hand differently. It does put me in tough binds both on a personal and financial level. So much so that as I write this I'm looking at starting a new carreer where I no longer need to interact with many people.

Trying to narrow a choice down while still being able to earn a half decent living has been very difficult. Time will tell how I make out.

Growing up I always thought life was supposed to get easier as you got older. In my case, life gets dramatically harder as each day passes.

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I have always been the "front desk" girl in every single job I've had. Normally, they hire people who are "easy on the eyes" for that kind of job. When I interviewed for this job, I was very easy on the eyes...not a blemish in sight. Then my face seemed to explode one night (about three months into the job) and I have yet to get in under control, almost a year later. Sometimes I think they wonder if they made a huge mistake by hiring me...:(

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I too have had all "face" jobs and sometimes it is hard to go to work in the morning. I went to school for hotel management and during school I worked at the front desk and in the restaurants. I felt like a terrible ambassador for the hotel and to make matters worse, those terrible polyester uniforms didn't help a bit.

I changed jobs almost a year ago and now work in government, at the front desk. I'm an admin for a small town government in the planning and building department, so I see alot of people everyday. Sometimes I want to cry and stay inside all day, but my personality would not allow me not to have interaction with people. I put on makeup the best I can and wear my sexy secretary skirt on the bad days so maybe they'll look at something besides my bad skin.

One of my best friends has bad acne too, so it makes me feel better when we hang out in social situations that way everyone isn't staring at me, normally the misfit of the group. We both have quite outgoing personalities and just try to deal with it the best we can. My friend is a waitress at a busy resort bar & grill and recently took a trip to Miami where the humidity made her acne flair up really bad. One day a coworker, in front of everyone, said "What's up with your face? It looks really bad." She could have crawled into a shell and never come out again. It's been a few weeks and the dry air has made it somewhat managable again. It's nice to be able to talk with someone who is going through the same thing and we can share what works or not. It makes me feel not so alone in the world.

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One of the benefits of advanced age (LOL) is the ability to be more comfortable with confrontation. I think I would have responded to the ignoramous that made that remark by saying, "We all have our challenges. Mine is my skin. Yours is obviously your inability to recognize how hurtful your remarks are. Hopefully, we'll both be able to clear up our problem areas." Of course, the line has to be delivered in the sincerest of tones.

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yep, sarcasm wins every time

how do you respond to someone angry ? with anger ? no, with sarcasm :) it makes them even more angry, LOL

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I know for a fact that my acne has had a negative effect on advancement at my current compny. I moved from a behind-the-scenes job to a job in PR/Marketing. when the person who did the TV interviews for our event decided to step down and name his replacement...although I was NEXT in line....it went to someone else.

I know it had nothing to do with my job performance, and everything to do with not wanting to put me on camera.

The WORST part is, I always hear the same thing "You have such a pretty face, it's too bad you have all that acne"

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I'm lucky that I work as a designer and can hide behind a computer sceen for 80% of my job. It's that 20% of the work time that I hate, I wear a hat most of the time and try not to look people in the eyes. Luckily i'm a good designer, otherwise I think I'd be fired because I put little effort in to being a "team player".

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I'm lucky that I work as a designer and can hide behind a computer sceen for 80% of my job. It's that 20% of the work time that I hate, I wear a hat most of the time and try not to look people in the eyes. Luckily i'm a good designer, otherwise I think I'd be fired because I put little effort in to being a "team player".

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After reading all the posts, my heart goes out to you but also comforted to know there are people who are going thru the same emotions I do. I am 30 and have battled acne all my life. All of my siblings had it too but they have all outgrown it except for me. I work in advertising and it is an extremely judgemental environment. I have accepted my job and the baggage that can come with it. I am very good at my job but it is hard when people make you feel inadequate or you don't belong in the job because of your looks. Worse is being passed up on a project or promotion because of your looks, which has happened to me. I have spent thousands of dollars for treatments and products in my fight for clear skin - some worked and alot didn't. It bothers me when I allow people or acne get to me because I start to feel emotionally and physically handicapped. I try and use the angst into positive energy to work for me and not against me. I used to be angry when I was younger, I couldn't look people in the eye, I wanted to be invisible so people wouldn't look at me.

There is a young, bright employee who works with me that has bad skin too. When I find a treatment that works, I try and get her samples of products to try out. I also have a neice who has acne all over her face, I worry so much for her that I buy her products to use because I don't want her to miss out on being a happy kid, dating, etc. I don't want her to go thru what I've been thru. I have seen some family members comment on their children's acne, like it is their fault. Many people have acne and it makes me extremely mad at the lack of understanding.

On another note, it has taken years to understand my skin and how it works: thanks to facialists and being a product junkie. I recommend you understand the personality of your skin before you diagnose with products, everyone is different.

Don't Panic. I realize that my acne is at my worst when I stress out or get depressed - its a domino affect causing sleepless nights, aggravated picking, bad diet etc. Stress and depression delays the immune system to heal and function. Our bodies normally do a good job if we treat our body and head well. A couple of years ago, I got very stressed and I broke out in psoriasis and acne - causing further pain and anguish that it spread all over my face and body. It was hell. It happened to me again this year and after learning my lesson I nipped it in the bud very calmy (my GP doc told me he has seen emotional outbreaks) with treatment and it went away in a few weeks.

You are what you eat. Think about the hormones in the meats and milk you consume. This goes into your body and causes imbalance if your body is sensitive ie: breakouts during period.

Its hard not to magify our skin problems, obssess and dwell. Don't do it, its like falling down a well. I have taken the light bulb out of my bathroom before to help me do this! It does me no good and is a handicap for me.

I have found that I am armed with so many different products, my breakouts get worse because I overuse products (such as BP, SA, Sulphur etc). I constantly have the need to "kill" my acne. I soon realize too much product exacerbates my inflammation and causes my skin to produce more oil. Hence, more acne, more product - and a vicious cycle begins.

Research into the product before you use. What works for someone else doesn't always work for you.

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I'm a pharmacist, so I spend a lot of time talking to patients. Even though it may not be the case, I often feel that my patients view me as less professional because of my skin (perhaps because I am projecting a lack of confidence???). I find it bothers me the most when I have to counsel someone about how to use an acne product...I feel like such a hipocrite!

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Sometimes I wish i was an embalmer working with the dead. I wouldn't have to worry about impressing anyone when I went to work.

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This post I can relate to. I was unemployed for AGESSSSSSS bc of my skin. of course it wasnt only bc of my skin. but my terrrible acne made me self conscious and affected my interview performance. resulting in unemployment... but yea. there should be some sort of discrimination against ppl with acne law or sth. and yes, i changed from applying for jobs with heaps of human interaction to jobs with zero or little human interaction so that no ne would look at me....

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I'm a waitress so I'm always dealing with people.. it sucks cause I'm constantly thinking about my skin. When i was first hired, I have to admit I was a lot prettier.. my skin was pretty clear and i had more confidence. About a month and a half into the job, my skin went nuts. I even broke out all over my chest. It's been 5 months since my skin broke out.. and it hasn't gotten any better. I wear a very high neck shirt now.. not so feminine. About a month ago, my work hired a girl. After making a joke to a co-worker about wanting another guy, he said "we need a girl. girls are more attractive." i quickly responded "but guys are more fun to be around!" even though i deep down i felt like i had just gotten run over by a truck. so basically my boss is deff regretting hiring me.. since apparently appearance is important in the restaurant business...

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Ive always had a problem finding jobs cause of the ezcema on my body and the acne/skin problems that cover my entire face. Ive been asked on interviews what was wrong with my skin to interviews lasting only 2 minutes cause they wanted me out of there. The only work Ive ever been able to get is in very small companys with only a few people, away from any contact with people cause I guess I would scare off any potential customers

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