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I began having acne around the 8th grade. In the 9th grade it gradually worsened and became larger and much redder. I don't have terribly bad acne but I hated it so much I couldnt stand to look in the mirror at myself. Im now going into the 11th grade and still cannot face myself in the mirror confidently, and when I do its a big thing for me. Pretty lame. I flinch when I see a mirror and avoid them as well as cameras. I absolutely hate it. Anyone else feel like this? I just wanted to put that out there and tell somebody.

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Yes, of course. I always avoid mirrors, even when I'm washing my hands at any given sink. I look down to avoid the mirror in front of me. Sometimes I can't help but glance up and witness the horrid redness on the sides of my face.

I also have a friend or two who constantly want to take pictures, which I generally dislike, especially since they don't know the exact angle to take the picture from to make the acne look less bad. *sigh*

I can't wait for the day to confidently look in the mirror, gaze at my hypothetical smooth skin, and keep on walking with a satisfied smile on my face, ready to take on the day ahead. Am I right?

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I have the same issue, OP. At first, it was a cycle of carrying a compact foundation thing in my pocket, constantly looking at myself in the mirror and re-applying. Now it's come to a point where I can't even look at myself. I feel ashamed; wanting to wear a paper bag over my face all the time. Sometimes, I wish life was like the internet. No faces to talk to, just words... getting to know the people. That's the best part, why I love it here so much.

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This forum never ceases to amaze me at just how often I related to things that people say.

I am identical to you all. I HATE MIRRORS! I would almost go as far as saying that I fear them. Its strange though because when I was younger and I had severe acne I was fine. I could look in the mirror every morning and do my hair (back in the days when guys used a ton of hair gel to make them look like a hedgehog haha) and have no problem. Of course I wasnt happy about the acne but it didnt really bother me much.

I know when the turning point was though. The first time I was on accutane I woke up one morning (I was on the max strength that can be prescribed in the UK) and my face wasnt red and I couldnt see the spots- it was white! It was white because I was literally shedding all of my skin. This was about 5 years ago now but I can still picture it in my mind exactlly. All I had to do was lightly poke my face and a tonne of skin fell off. I just ran away crying my eyes out. Admittedly I didnt really look after my skin in them days. I was young, a guy and didnt have anything like this website to pick up tips from. What was a moisturiser? It wasnt cool for a guy to use that!

Several years on and I still hate mirrors. Since I last cleared my acne up it has got a bit better and I can look in the mirror from a few metres away in the right light. But that has since gone out of the window since the acne has returned. I know that its not even that bad, I just dont like looking at it.

And photos im the same with too. If you look at the photos ive been tagged in on Facebook 95% of them are when im on a night out so its either dark or im drunk so I forget what I look like haha. I love taking photos and I love looking at them too. Its a shame.

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well your gonna have to face up to it sooner or later, and to try accepting yourself for how you look, if you dont, you wont be getting any where

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Same for me... I fully understand... I cant face looking in the mirror at my face any more... I always try to look the other way or only allow myself a quick glimpse from a distance... no point depressing myself with a close look at the warzone that is my face before I go out to batter my self esteem even further!

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!I KNOW RIGHT!,

Mirrors in a room with bright lights are the worst.

Recently I just avoid looking in mirrors because it's too painful/deppressing.

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I hate looking at my scars, period. But I have this insane urge to check out my face everyday lol. Guess I must be a masochist.

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For some reason the mirror in my car is the worst thing ever, on thursday I was feeling masochist for some reason and took a look at myself, I felt so bad after that that I couldn't focus on driving anymore and I bumped into another car, nothing serious though, but still, this is affecting my life so much it's not funny... :(

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I dun really get the car window thing actually. If its red marks or active acne, how do you see them from the car window? Unless its scars, then I can understand.

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