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I'm terribly scared of looking for jobs because of my acne and acne scars

I'm approaching my senior year of college and going through job searches. The thing is that I'm mortified of going to networking events and meeting new people because I'm scared that they'll judge me because of my bad skin. Or not give me a chance because I don't look the part. Looking presentable is huge in the workforce, especially if you are in a client facing role. I'm so scared that my acne and acne scars are holding me back from the jobs I want. 

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When trying to explain the social discrimination that comes with having acne, I often say that turning up to a social event with acne is like turning up to a job interview without a suit. It doesn’t change your ability to do the job, but it gives a bad first impression to your potential employer.

You’ll probably get a lot of well-meaning advice along the lines of “don’t worry”, “its not as bad as you think”, “no one cares what you look like” etc, but I don’t believe in self delusion so I’ll just be honest.

I know for a fact that I have been discriminated against because of my acne on three separate occasions. I can only assume that there must have been other occasions when this happened.

The first time I was openly told at the interview that my appearance would be “off-putting” to customers and that I should make more of an effort in future. The implication was that I had a hygiene problem.

The second time after the interview I sat outside to wait for my dad to pick me up. Unbeknownst to them I could hear the two women who interviewed me laughing and talking about how disgusting I looked.

The third time I don’t really count as it was more understandable. I applied to join the Royal Navy when I was 18 and was told by the recruitment guy that my acne would be a bar to entry and that I should apply when it clears up. The reason behind that regulation was that if the acne becomes infected during training or when deployed it may require treatment that prevents you from performing your normal duties.

One of the interesting things about no longer having acne is that people openly tell me what they think of people who have acne, as they are completely oblivious to the fact that I used to be a sufferer. Frankly, it’s pretty much everything I feared when I was younger – there is definitely a lot of disgust and ill will towards acne sufferers which would surely lead to some sort of bias.

I also worked in recruitment for a few years and am aware that many of my colleagues discriminated against people that they felt “didn’t look right” or they perceived to be “unclean” in some way. To be fair some of them had even more ridiculous reasons for not hiring a candidate – such as they didn’t think his shoes matched his suit, or they weren’t wearing a watch.

However, as I did manage to get a few jobs when I had acne there were obviously people who didn’t take it into account. All you can really do is make the effort and hope for the best.

 

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On 8/17/2019 at 10:45 AM, jwalk said:

When trying to explain the social discrimination that comes with having acne, I often say that turning up to a social event with acne is like turning up to a job interview without a suit. It doesn’t change your ability to do the job, but it gives a bad first impression to your potential employer.

 

You’ll probably get a lot of well-meaning advice along the lines of “don’t worry”, “its not as bad as you think”, “no one cares what you look like” etc, but I don’t believe in self delusion so I’ll just be honest.

 

I know for a fact that I have been discriminated against because of my acne on three separate occasions. I can only assume that there must have been other occasions when this happened.

 

The first time I was openly told at the interview that my appearance would be “off-putting” to customers and that I should make more of an effort in future. The implication was that I had a hygiene problem.

 

The second time after the interview I sat outside to wait for my dad to pick me up. Unbeknownst to them I could hear the two women who interviewed me laughing and talking about how disgusting I looked.

 

The third time I don’t really count as it was more understandable. I applied to join the Royal Navy when I was 18 and was told by the recruitment guy that my acne would be a bar to entry and that I should apply when it clears up. The reason behind that regulation was that if the acne becomes infected during training or when deployed it may require treatment that prevents you from performing your normal duties.

 

One of the interesting things about no longer having acne is that people openly tell me what they think of people who have acne, as they are completely oblivious to the fact that I used to be a sufferer. Frankly, it’s pretty much everything I feared when I was younger – there is definitely a lot of disgust and ill will towards acne sufferers which would surely lead to some sort of bias.

 

I also worked in recruitment for a few years and am aware that many of my colleagues discriminated against people that they felt “didn’t look right” or they perceived to be “unclean” in some way. To be fair some of them had even more ridiculous reasons for not hiring a candidate – such as they didn’t think his shoes matched his suit, or they weren’t wearing a watch.

 

However, as I did manage to get a few jobs when I had acne there were obviously people who didn’t take it into account. All you can really do is make the effort and hope for the best.

 

 

 

Thank you. Tired of the hypocrisy around bad skin. 

 

It makes people feel guilty for feeling low when they suffer from it. While this society does nothing but expressing that people with acne are young losers.

I'm doing a receptionist job right now, and I feel discriminated. I feel my coworkers don't like me, and don't hold me in high esteem, while I didn't do anything to anybody, and I didn't do any mistake in my job.

But for example, two girls almost don't answer to me back when I ask them a question. Generally I see some of them rolling eyes, sighing when I talk to them...f*** them.

 

So yeah, contrarily to the BS I heard, I feel discriminated every day.

 

Now, I just accepted people won't hold me in high esteem, no matter what I do.

It makes things way simpler. Now, I just focus on what I can control, which means behaving well, not disrepecting people around me, and doing my best in the tasks I do.

 

 

The way acne is treated is not logical at all.

On the one hand :

-During job interviews, and at work, you're expected to look "clean and presentable". (What defines "clean and presentable"? Isn't unclear skin ever perceived in this society as not cleaned and, hence, not presentable?)

...We can doubt it, as good skin is seen as the number 1 beauty characteristic (I love coming across beauty TV advertising that basically say "Take care of your skin, so you're a succesful person and not a failure")

-In TV show, the virgin and the loser always have acne.

On the other hand :

-Having acne won't make anyone have a bad perception of you.

 

Of course it will.

 

I think it's important to be aware of the existence of many society standards, to be able to keep your self esteem intact.

If you don't, you'll always think something is wrong with you when you get rejected.

 

But many times, nothing is wrong with you. Something is wrong with the environment around you.

 

 

 

Edited by mickidepaname

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