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Meanest thing that someone has said about your acne

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" do you have chicken pox"

"do you have acne"

"get some clearasil"

Once though, someone sitting by me in class had the nerve to whisper about me to the person sat next to him and I turned around just as he said it. I thought we were good friends too.

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When I was in year 8, this guy who I was good friends with used to count my spots whenever he saw me, which encouraged other people to do it too. My acne wasn't severe, but I felt so self conscious about it! What really annoyed me was the fact that he always had perfect skin, so didn't understand why it upset me so much.

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I've never really had anyone walk up to my face and insult me, but I did have a group of friends that kinda pinned me as the "unattractive" guy in the group. But that was when I was like 16 - 17 and just starting college. 3 years down the line and my friends are asking me why I get hit on by girls so much when we go out drinking. Funny world eh?

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One time my best friend said "you gotta get rid of that shit man, thats gross" although he most likely meant it moreso as advice rather than an insult.

Back in high school, a kid did a rap in the cafeteria, one of his lines was "when I look at this kid all i see is a sheet of paper with red dots" right in front of everyone. At the time I honestly didnt even care what people thought about me, but shit I sure did in the years to come.

Sometimes its not even what people say; its resorting to telling people that the cyst on the side of your face is a bug bite or some dumb shit like that to justify whats happening.

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In the past:

"It must be your diet, there is no way you're eating natural foods with skin like that"

"You should really wear makeup, I don't know why you choose to expose your skin"

"You have no idea how to take care of your skin, do you?"

"You're obviously not listening to your doctor, your skin would have cleared up now if you actually followed the advice"

"I can't possibly imagine how much artificial food you stuff inside your body on a daily basis for your skin to look the way it it does"

"I don't believe that you're eating as healthy as you say you do, skin mirrors our internal health - and yours is completely unhealthy"

Edited by darkheart

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1)My ex boyfriend said to me when we got breakup:

~ they say the real beauty is inside,no,inside is something ugly

2)Don't go to the dermatologist anymore.

3)And the most painful comes from my mother, she ask me to find some guy to be my bf.

4)My bestfriend(also my rival maybe) said that someone is beautiful when she got no acnes on her face.

Hurts.

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Last week I went grocery shopping and bought chocolate among other things. At the check-out, a woman behind me loudly proclaimed that *SHE* wouldn't eat chocolate if she had a face like mine.

Yeah, because that is the cause of acne.. Chocolate..

Edited by LookWhatYouDid

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-It really irks me when someone is talking to me, sees the scars on my face and starts scratching their faces on the same places where my scars are most visible.

-My dear grandmother ~ god bless her, she's in her 80's and she would always say nonchalantly "your face is clear now." It really makes me not want to visit her sometimes. I just don't want to hear people discuss my face publicly.

-What my cousin said to his sister, "don't pick your pimple, or you'll look like Dmitri".

-in school, some professor would always bring up this question, "are you comfortable in your own skin?" and the some girls in the class would turn to look at me.

I tried to not care about what people say but it really adds up over time and takes a toll on you.

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outside of my family and one of my best friends pesky older brother, no one has ever pointed out my acne until this winter.

safe to say my self confidence has completely shattered to nothing because all this time i thought foundation was doing the trick

little boy: what happened to YOU? pimples!!

lady: *slips me a note that says to cut out dairy for my acne* call me ive got more tips

old man: what happened to your face?

crazy b*tch at train station: you need some proactiv!!

its not even the fact that they are talking about my skin. of course i know i have acne. hearing it out loud just makes me want to break down and never look at another person in the eye ever again.

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The rudest thing someone ever said was "I can play dot to dot on your face" but I didn't get offended, I just laughed coz it wasn't funny (lol how's it funny if it wasn't funny

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When I was 11 I started getting spots, nothing major but I was among the first in my class to receive the gift of teenage hormones. A girl was angry at me for some reason, think I saw her take something, she said "well! at least I don't have green spots on my face! you're so gross to look at". Just for the record, my spots were not green haha but I guess one had some white head that was yellow tinted.

Karma hit a few years later, she developed very serious acne and had it throughout her teens.

More recently a friend said I really need to 'just wash my face with normal soap, you know, just wash your face'. Yeah if it was only that simple...ironically she's struggling with acne but is in complete denial....

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My mom told me that I should wash my face and that if I washed my face well enough I would not get pimples. To her credit, she always had clear skin so didn't know what to do with a kid that had acne.

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No one has ever said anything about my acne except for my friend who once said, "Dude you have hella pimples on your face now" but that's about it.

Edit: Ohhh I just remembered my dad also once told me I also had lots of pimples and to stop picking them...

Edited by NewtoAcne

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Brother:

"You can play connect the dots with your face"

Another one but from a 6 year old girl:

"ILL, LOOK AT YOUR FACE"

Edited by Fare Thee Well

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"Gross! What is that on his face? Is he diseased?"

I have been on Retin A Micro for two months and had left me with hyperpigmentation. Really pissed me off when I heard the comments, but they were made by some moronic university students. Sucks to be asian. Hyperpigmentation takes a while to go away sadly.

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One of my mates got 'volcano face' once, which is just horrible.

Someone told me to wash my face, haha. Ooohh, who would of thought that washing your face would help acne, what an eye-opener./: It's always the people that have never had a pimle in their life that suddenly seem to know everything about acne and when they see someone with acne they just have to 'help'.

/rant finished, haha.

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Well,I don't really remember,I always wore make up and after 2 cources of accutane and 2 years of bc,I mostly had scars.Its now that I stoped the pill that things are real difficult again!

But around when I was 14 I remember a guy in my school that we always fought told me "its a shame,such beautiful eyes with a face like that"

And the boyfriend of my best friend told me I could play ugly betty easily,without special make up.(surprise,3 years later he actually wanted to be with me).

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I stumbled across this forum and after reading for hours, I decided to make an account and share my experiences.

The past year and a half has been absolute hell for me. Before this, I had VERY mild acne. I would maybe have one pimple a month or so, and always in the same place, the side of my nose. I went to the dermatologist and was give a retinoid. She didn't give me any instructions on how to use it, so I CAKED it on every night like a complete dumbass. After a few weeks, I looked like I came out of the oven at Pizza Hut. When I went back to the doctor, she literally said "What the hell happened?" At first, I was convinced that this was just the medicine running it's proper course, and it didn't effect me at all. Sadly, that didn't last long because I guess I have a lot of assholes in my life, go figure (half sarcastic)

Anyways, I have always been a fairly confident person and people have always seen me as confident. I have never had any trouble with girls, not that I ever placed much importance on that, seeing as I have had the same girlfriend since 8th grade and am now a freshman in college. But, I have struggled so much this past year and a half with just simple things, like, I don't know, going outside?

Okay, so the first comment I got, was about a week out of the dermatological oven (Just so that everyone knows, I use this terminology in a self-deprecating sort of way. I do not mean to offend anyone that has severe acne, because, trust me, it can't get much worse than what mine was.) This comment was from my morbidly obese (I also don't want to offend anyone with weight problems, I just wanted to describe him honestly, so that you can better understand the situation.) older cousin, who has always had a strange fascination with publically humiliating me. This comment was during a very busy, early morning visit to Village Inn and was overheard by virtually all surrounding parties. I knew that he was going to say something to me about it, so I looked down and didn't say anything for the entire meal. But, of course, they asked me why I wasn't saying anything, and I looked up to answer, granted he had definitely already noticed my face at that point, but right when I looked up "Jesus, what happened to your face? It looks like you rolled it in pepperoni. Ever heard of proactiv?"

The second comment was actually from my best friend. We were on our way to the comic book shop (acne stereotype?) after breakfast. I said something to him, along the lines of "Man, my skin is looking pretty bad." I said this, because, I noticed that he was having trouble saying anything to me at all, and looking at me. I honestly thought that he would try to comfort me. Without skipping a beat, he replied "I know, I was going to say something before, but it's SUPER noticeable. I was going to say that you look like the zombie on the cover of Dawn of the Dead." I let him know that this comment destroyed the interiors of my soul, and that there was absolutely no way for me to recover from it, and he felt really bad and bought me some comics.

Sadly, this wasn't the last time my best friend and my cousin made comments about my face. We were all playing the card game Apples to Apples (if you don't know what it is, look it up, because I don't know if you've noticed, but I am WAY overly descriptive.) The adjective card was messy, and when the card was laid down, once again my obese cousin jumped at the chance to say under his breath "Your face." That stings. Another time was when my friend asked to use me as a reference for a drawing he was doing, he did a quick little sketch of a generic face, and then just started putting dots all over the cheeks and looked up at me and chuckled. Thanks, dick. Also, I swear that there were times that he was trying to get pictures of my face when I wasn't looking, to show people that I used to hangout with what a horrible monster I am now, but maybe I am just paranoid.

Those were the biggest blows to my confidence. After that, I didn't leave my house, except to buy comics and play pool, for ten months. I couldn't look people in the eyes, I would hide when people came over to the house. Whenever I looked in the mirror, I would become filled with rage and start to cry. I know, how vain. But man, this was devastating.

Gradually, I started to leave the house more and more, I went to movies, and out to eat at certain restaurants. But I would constantly be trying to hide my face. If I saw someone that I hadn't seen for a while, I would have a panice attack and almost shut down. It was seriously hell. Whenever I would go out to a movie, I would sit and constantly worry that there would be a line about acne in the film. I will give a few examples where this did actually happen, and I almost disintegrated in my seat out of fear of someone saying something about my face. 1. In 007 Skyfall, James Bond tells Q that he can't trust him to be competent at his job, he still has spots (referring to hyperpigmentation, I assume.) To which Q replies, "My complexion is hardly relevent." 2. In Pain and Gain, Tony Shalhoub's character is an asshole boss, and he yells at his employees at his restaurant for being overweight and having pimples all over their faces.

My relationships with friends and family took detrimental blows, to the point where my girlfriend and I broke up. We have been together for so long and it was really hard for me. When that happened I realised that I needed to have confidence again, for the betterment of my life. My friend and I started going out to parties and trying to pick up girls. I pushed myself very far out of my hermit-like comfort zone. I talked to girls, made new friends and had TONS of new experiences. Sadly though, when I would start to drink alcohol, which I never do, all I could talk about was my terrible acne. It was a damn mess. I really learned a lot about myself and about other people in this time. I have always been extremely cynical, but now I am much more open to the human race and the possibility of good people. Luckily, my girlfriend and I got back together and our relationship has grown much stronger because of all of this.

In the past few months I have gotten a lot better, I have almost stopped caring entirely. Although I do now have scars all over my face, and dark red marks, I don't let it bother me as much. I have a new dermatologist that has helped me a lot, and I just feel a lot better about my life in general! But, one day, I went to the bank with my girlfriend to start a new bank account. There were mirrors everywhere in this bank, and I just felt really self conscioius. My girlfriend and I were pretty much the only people in there other than the very hefty staff behind the front counter of the bank. They all just seemed to be standing around talking. When we were approaching the front counter, I made eye contact with one of the male employees (Oh no, alpha male time.) The next thing I heard out of his mouth was "Someone order pizza?" and every member of the staff began to laugh and try to look away from me. I was so offended and devastated, I was shaking. I stood there, running over scenarios and they all seemed ridiculous. Especially because my girlfriend hadn't even noticed that they said anything. She was absolutely oblivious to the whole ordeal. I came to the conclusion that this was a pivotal point in my existence. I knew that the best defense in this situation was to stand up straight and proud and smile sincerely. Also, my girlfriend is pretty damn hot, so, this guy was definitely jealous, probably trying to figure out why she is with me. What a douche.

I apologize to anyone who has read this, or anyone that decided to skip over it because of it's annoying length. This will probably be my first and final post, so I thought I would make it count. I would like everyone to know that this website has helped me a tremendous amount throughout my struggle and I am so happy that it exists. Thank you all!

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"Did you paint your nose black?" (referring to blackheads on my nose)

Oh, another one I got was "Wash your face." Wow! Thanks I never thought of that.

Edited by I Love You

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^^ Funny how I watched Skyfall just yesterday lol and that line struck me pretty hard, too, luckily I watched it comfortably in my living room, without friends ...otherwise that would have been really embarassing for me (plus Q's complexion seemed perfect to me o.o )

And just recently a Lush employee started talking to me about skincare of course indirectly referring to my crap skin...please, I came here just to buy shampoo ( they always try to make you buy the whole damn store -_-)

Edited by Stella the diver

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The meanest thing I've heard from my acne, was from my brother.

It was during the peek of my acne struggle. I had a mix of blemishes & active pimple along my jawline. At the time I was trying to cover my acne & scaring with makeup.

Using makeup was new for me, so I had no idea how to apply power foundation properly. It was summer, really humid outside, so imagine a sweaty bumpy blemishes infested face, trying to hid behind makeup. Make up that didn't match my skin tone. Umm yea!

YES! It was bad, but I didn't think it was that bad for my brother, to look at me in a house full of people & say "ughhhh what's going on with you face."

You know the line "everything you think shouldn't be spoken" Well, that was most definitely one of those moments. I run out the house & drove away in my car, crying!

Acne Is the lost challenging this yet!

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When I forst started getting acne this girl made fun of one zit I had on my nose the only zit I had.... makes me feel like ish now when I'm covered I'm kind of reclusive now but I also had a few times when I burned my skin and started peeling had four people ask my what's wrong with my face within like five minutes... I dont really look in mirrors anymore

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Okay, I guess I lied about my last post being my last post.

This weekend I went to New York with my girlfriend to visit my bestfriend that I mentioned several times in my last post on this forum. We have been planning to move to New York for years and we would all live together. My friend moved out there a few months ago, and has found some new friends and a new girlfriend. I was some what nervous to meet his new girlfriend because, I know what my face looks like. I sometimes feel that I cannot be taken seriously with this mess on my cheeks. I try very hard to make eye contact and have conversations just like I see other people do. I have never been all that personable, but I think people used to always just think I was shy. Anyways, my friend has been dating this girl for like three weeks now? He is such a sucker for the "honeymoon phase." He gets really attached to things really fast. (Honestly, I wouldn't normally divulge this much information about all of this personal shit, but I feel like I having been a ridiculously good friend to him, and he has kind of, quite honestly, treated me like shit. So, for right now, fuck him.) He also really loves the idea of this "big city" persona that he has built up over the past few months, like he is so fucking cool because he knows what the stops are on the "red line" (shoot me.) Holy crap, I really just typed that. Whatever, I'm neck deep in it now. Okay, so, he doesn't really come out and say it, but he thinks and acts like he is better than me. We used to be on the same page about everything. We were working on a full length conceptual album for the past three years, along with tons of other projects. Before I had acne, he would always tell me that he was jealous of me, because of my musical and artistic abilities (I promise you, I don't think this highly of myself, but he did.) But ever since I have had this terrible issue, he has treated me like a retarded little brother. He acts like I am immature or stupid, when he makes the same types of jokes. He calls me "painfully awkward" when his idea of "picking up a girl" is yelling in an attractive waitresses face about a made up party, to try to get her number.

My girlfriend and I stayed at his girlfriend's apartment with the two of them over the weekend, and like I am sure most of you understand, I take a while in the restroom to wash and slather my skin with pimple cream (aka Differin and Cetaphil Moisturizer in the PM and Clindamycin and Benzoyl Peroxide and Cetaphil Moisturizer in the AM) But, I guess that even though I have had many talks with this douche in the past about this very subject, and how sensitive I am about it, he doesn't have any sympathy for me, all he cares about his how "in love" he is with his new girlfriend! (Hahaha, I sound like a jealous ex. Oh God.) He acted like I was such a pain in the morning, for having to go to the bathroom and do all of this embarrassing shit, he was being so impatient. He just gets these stupid pissed off looks on his face. I was trying to hide all of my face products in a t-shirt and when I was about to go use them all, I said "I need to fix my hair." Because my hair was sticking straight up. I knew that he knew that I was going to do shit to my face, and that it takes a while. He says "Do you need to use all of the stuff in that bag?" with a pissy little bitch look on his face. (Sorry for the added angry flavor. This shit has just been brewing in me for a while, and he never wants to talk about the obvious passive aggression in our friendship. So, I am just full on slapping it on the damn internet. Fuck yeah.) And so I said, "I was going to wash my face and fix my hair." He looked really annoyed and said "Okay." So I tried to reassure him that I wouldn't take long, so that I wouldn't waste any of his precious, perfect-skinned time with his new fucking girlfriend in his beautiful big city life. Damn, I am just really hurt by the way that he treats me. He is such a condescending twat. I have never been anything but a loyal friend to him. I have always had his back through anything that he has gone through, and I have always tried to work things out with him in a mature, civil manner. I don't know why he feels the need to make me feel inferior, with his looks and the subtle things he says. It's just weird how we were always on the same level on everything, and now he acts like I am an annoying little kid who says stupid things for attention. Fuck him for making me feel like that. This passive aggressive stuff has gotten way out of hand, it's gone from verbal statements to confrontations to subliminal attacks! Is this even a friendship anymore? Has anyone else ever experienced this sort of thing? I am curious to know others thoughts. It really bothers me that I went there to have a good time, which I really did, but I left feeling like I lost my best friend to a lot of petty bullshit (Even though it seemed like we left on good terms, and there were directly harsh words about anything.) Acne has fucked up a lot of things for me, but was he just a shitty friend in the first place? I cannot tell! I always looked at him as an extremely trustworthy, loyal friend, but my opinion of him has changed entirely. This is a really devastating thing for me. Sorry to rant like a goddamn lunatic, but I have nowhere else to go with all of this stuff. And I don't want to talk shit about him to my girlfriend or someone in my family, because I don't want them to think less of him, they all love him. They all kind of know how he can be though, they get annoyed too. But I just don't know what to do. I feel insignificant anymore. I feel like my opinions don't matter (and I have a lot of them) I feel like no matter what I do, the only thing that truly persists is my acne. I haven't even felt bad about it for a long time! My best friend just made me feel like this, and he doesn't even know it. I don't know if this even fits into the topic of this forum, now that I think about it. I should just write a book or something.

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