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beach.. i'd love to go topless like I used too :'( :'( man i miss out on so much

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Aaaa!

I live on an island, so in summer it's beach, beach, beach, and more beach. Sun, sun, sun, sun, sun.

Bare faces, bare backs, bare everything!

:(

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well I am pretty clear, but scars n all so I can never really be how I was back when I was 9-10 :'( those were happy years yo.

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Same situation! I am pretty clear too, I only have a few pimples here and there really, but the marks and weird pimples under the surface and what-not are pretty horrible... And I find myself longing for when I was a child too. I can't even say I was confident about my skin because I didn't know the difference! haha

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yeah that exactly how I feel, when I was younger life was just life I didn't worry about shit like this, I never imagined something like this could affect me so much, I never imaged I wouldn't be able to take off my top in public or simply not enjoy life to the full. :(

I have this scar on the side of my mouth just above, where a smile line has formed slightly and it makes it look like i'm 5-10 years older because of this one tiny mark, increases my smile line by like 2 cm :'(

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must be so fun to not have any worries.
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^ well thats just you. and how much spots do u even have? 1, 2, maybe 3? scars, hyperpigmentation, anything else? naaw, dont think so..basically sry acneslayer, but i think u just wouldnt know.

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Fair enough, but we've all got stuff that we don't like about ourselves. In this instance, I 'm sure we could all think of something about ourselves where we'd say, "I'd be much happier to go to the beach and more confident when I'm there if I could change X..."

I don't suppose it's about quantifying it either or being able to say some of us may have more to deal with because it's all relative. Regardless of the severity of your problem, or whatever it may be that knocks your confidence, it all comes down to how you approach it.

One person could have sever acne but also have the mental strength and the positive thinking to not let it hold them back and to go about their business regardless.

Others may lack that strength, to the point where even just one pimple might be enough to take over their thoughts, leave them feeling very self-conscious and lead them to avoid going to the beach or whatever the situation may be.

It's not about not understanding - everyone here offers understanding and support - it's about pointing out the need to change our approach and start thinking positively. If avoiding social situations or whatever it may be, hiding away and being down because we were missing out actually helped our skin, we'd all be perfectly clear. But surely behaving that way and being down on yourself can bring on stress and depression, and surely these things can only contribute to making our skin worse? It's a vicious cycle and getting trapped in it can cut us off from everything completely.

Personally, I found that the stress I was putting myself under made me feel ill, anxious and full of panic. The first time it happened, I bailed on whatever plans I had and shut myself away for the weekend. I found that doing so calmed me down. Although I wasn't happy with my skin, I'd stopped the panic. I wasn't actually fixing the problem though, I was just shutting down and ignoring it. Hiding away is the easy option and ultimately becomes a habit.

I've come to realise that my skin makes me depressed enough as it is, without me making myself feel worse by essentially missing out on life. Unfortunately, having locked myself away for so long, I don't have a social circle that I can enjoy things with, so I'm finding it hard because the loneliness is probably the worst thing to beat if you don't feel you have the confidence or the social skills to make new friends.

This all started because hiding away and bailing on socialising with friends became a habit.

It doesn't help to be that way, so you might as well at least try and do the things you want to do and enjoy yourself. Otherwise, you're being held prisoner by acne and it's a waste.

Edited by PaulH85

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Paul's right. It's all relative I've got nasty stretch marks that I'm embarassed of, but they aren't going to stop me from going to the beach and having fun! :)

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Acne doesn't stop me from doing things but I hate being outside tanning because I look disgusting when I do. My whole face glows like a satellite and taking a swim makes it even worse.

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* This is an edit. Mrs. Grape doesn't live here anymore.

Cya, the Org.

Edited by Mrs. Grape

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Thanks, Ashley. And she's right. My display pic is one of my senior pictures, and it's been retouched, so yeahhhh.

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I think I'm more introverted I enjoy being alone, just sitting in my garden instead of walking around shouting n shit with friends.

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I think I'm more introverted I enjoy being alone, just sitting in my garden instead of walking around shouting n shit with friends.

By the way you phrased that sentenced I get the feeling that you don't really mean what you just wrote.

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I think I'm more introverted I enjoy being alone, just sitting in my garden instead of walking around shouting n shit with friends.

By the way you phrased that sentenced I get the feeling that you don't really mean what you just wrote.

I wasn't being sarcastic, I do enjoy my quiet time alot. Could be because I havn't experienced anything else.

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I think I'm more introverted I enjoy being alone, just sitting in my garden instead of walking around shouting n shit with friends.

By the way you phrased that sentenced I get the feeling that you don't really mean what you just wrote.

Huh? I don't think he was being facetious...

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