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Well here I am again, in that horrible low and lonely place.

Acne flared up, scars are horrendous, can't leave the house.

I was supposed to be out with friends this weekend but I have had to make my excuses as I just can't go out in public looking like this.

I don't want anyone to see me, I just want to stay at home and hide from the world :(

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I am in the same place right now im a guy and ethen im considering to start wearing concealer, acne really is hell and to top it off i have managed to burn all over my face using table salt not realising it was different to sea salt.

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sorry to hear that you have burnt your face. Over the years I've tried all sorts of things to cure my acne and reduce the scarring, and sometimes, like you, I have ended up causing more damage than good! I would recommend that to try and calm your skin from the salt that you apply ONE of the following:

honey (manuka is the best but it's also quite expensive)

aloe vera gel

sudocrem

I don't think guys should shy away from makeup, rather than a concealer have you considered a mineral powder? They are very gentle and natural (providing you select a good brand with good ingredients) Mineral powders are great for toning down redness and are not obvious on the skin.

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I always hide at my house when my skin looks bad sad.png. Even though it was never severe, but hated it.. After I graduated, I stayed home everyday for two years until I decided that I can't live like this.. so I found a job and started to go to college. I'm very glad I did this. I was never absents once in college.. even if my skin looked bad.

But I didn't talk to nobody and never made friends. That's why I am so lonely now. Even if I am clear.. life still sucks oompf.gif

I'm still in college and can't wait to take the finals then I'm done for a while 'cause I am taking a break since I started to breakout again.

I was doing so good in college 'cause my skin have been clear for a while! I think it is 'cause of stress since I Am taking A&P 1.. much harder than all the courses I took.

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Yea same thing here. I was supposed to go out with my friends but cancelled last night because right now it's so bad I wouldn't even know where to begin if I tried to put makeup on of whatever. It's a beautiful day outside and I feel like an idiot for lying to my friends about not being able to go. But even if I did go I wouldn't be enjoying myself I would just think about my skin and how gross everyone else thinks it is. Soooooo stupid.

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I feel exactly the same. I have work later on today and really want to call in sick. Ive called in sick loads though and I know I'll be close to getting fired if I do it again. Just can't face anyone with acne like this:(

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acne is common for everyone , because nobody is perfect in this world. i used to be of the same kind , but i realized later that its worthless cause i thought that if i fall now i wil never raise up to face the world that has helped me a lot !

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I'm in the same situation, playing hide and seek with the world. But luckily for me i have exams to revise for so if i don't stay in my house and revise...i'll probably fail. But all this revision stress is making me breakout badly...I hope you can find a reason to go out more, it does make you feel alot better. Just build enough confidence to go out for a stroll and breath some fresh ai, will do wonders for your skin.

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That's awful. I know how it feels. Even though I live in the city, I still live in a small community so people must know I have "bad skin" and they do! Oh well, sometimes I get embarrassed over acne, and sometimes I wonder why should I be embarrassed? Then I get into an existentialist argument over what society perceives as beauty is completely absurd since everything is airbrushed.

So I build up some confidence and go out and "represent the people with acne." Because there are a lot of them. They're just all in hiding. Since I stopped breaking out though, I didn't need to do this as much! I found out the combination of lifestyle that helps with my skin.

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I felt a lot more positive by yesterday evening and went out for a few drinks with a friend, ended up having a really good time :)

I've been out into town for a couple of hours this afternoon too.

Thanks for the comments on this topic, sometimes it's nice to know I'm not alone. I think at some point or another we all want to hide but despite our fears we do all go out and face the world.

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I reckon many of us have done that. I know I have. It became my default way after a while, to the point where I didn't really have anyone to spend time with when I did actually want to go out. It's sometimes hard to see beyond our own imperfections but I don't think other people see us the way we see ourselves. Plus, the social situations aren't always as bad as we may fear. As the saying goes; those who matter don't mind and those who mind don't matter. :)

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