This topic is VERY near and dear to me. I've struggled with adult acne for years. After I turned 25 my skin went through a second puberty and hasn't stopped. It affects my face, shoulders and back. I can recall times being in public and feeling as if ALL eyes were on me. Especially if I was having a one on one interaction or standing in line at the store. I became self conscious wondering if people were genuinely staring at my blemishes or if I was being paranoid. The fact that my acne is caused by a health condition is irrelevant to strangers. I don't have to make excuses or explain why my skin looks the way it does to ANYONE. What they think about when they see my acne, I have no control over. I do have control over how I react and feel about it.
Please know that living with acne (all skin conditions for that matter) is past the aesthetics! These conditions affect a person emotionally and psychologically. In some cases, I can attest to the pain and discomfort that can happen physically. Seeing it, daily, is hard enough without somebody giving you grief for it. As strong willed as I am, I still struggle with this. So to all those effected by skin conditions ..be proud of who you are. Your beauty doesn't change, just other people's perceptions of your beauty do because of societal "norms" and their acceptance of them. Your true nature and inner beauty will always out shine any makeup or crappy comment. For those who don't like how you look because of it... They can f-off!
#ILEAM (I love everything about me)