1.) The Story of Justin S.
I was at the movies with a buddy and this was when my acne was a little improving, but I had really lots of whiteheads. This was also when my friend had really serious chin acne and he was frustrated from this.
While we were waiting in line for our tickets, we saw a girl from college behind the counter. Mind you that this particular girl was your common bitch who slept with everybody and treated everyone like dirt. I asked for a ticket and she just stood there and said:
- “Wash Your Face Much More.”
She did not even say anything like: “Enjoy your movie” … or whatever people say to clients at the movies. Then she crossed the line by laughing hysterically at my pal by yelling:
- “Nice Chin Beard.”
… and everyone stopped and looked at my friend. I know there’s a law against hitting girls, but I would of knocked that girl out on the spot. I should of, but I did not. Wasn’t worth it anyway.
- 2.) Acne Story of Dorothy H.
It is like I am possessed by the devil or something! Everytime one of those suckers pop it is just terrible. I hate it. Acne gets inflammed so easily. I am constantly washing my hands and keeping my hands and hair off my face. But occasionally acne gets itchy so I just need to scratch it. It is too difficult. I feel really ugly.
People believe that I have poor hygiene. The individuals that say this don’t understand what it’s like to even have a single pimple. If they had acne like me, they would see that it is not about how much you wash your face. It is a lot more. The peer stress is Extreme. At the mall, at the restaurant, at the sea … and especially at college.
I see all of these clear, perfect-skinned faces and bodies. I see these same people come out of the bathroom without washing their hands. Their hands go directly to their face! And what happens to their skin? Absolutely nothing! It is not fair!
And my acne usually becomes worse just before it gets better. The scars are just loading up. I look like I am 35. My face and upper body is actually a mix of acne scars and red nodular acne. At times my face even gets sore! It hurts to smile! But when you have acne, there actually isn’t any reason to smile, so this shouldn’t really matter to me. Maybe if I visit church or something I will get prettier. What a stupid thought, praying to God for clear skin. I am just so desperate for it. I need some serious confidence, and I can’t get it in my present state.
- 3.) Acne Story of David R.
I was sitting on the bus listening to MP3. There were several teens sitting at the back calling me spotty and shouting: “You’ve Got Spots! You’ve Got Spots!” They certainly believed I couldn’t hear simply because I had my ear pieces in. But the battery in my MP3 went and I heard it all. A whole lot worse was everybody in front of me on the bus was turning round and staring at me. I just pretended to be playing my music and that I could not hear anything.
- 4.) The Story of Julia M.
Having acne absolutely affected my self-esteem. I first started dating my boyfriend (Mark) in 10 grade when we were 15. Several months after we started dating my face broke out. I was humiliated. I would get up, pile on the concealer, go to college and really feel self-conscious all day. Then I would come home and wash my face simply because I wanted my skin to become clean and wholesome.
But I was even embarrassed of being in my own home without makeup. So I would then re-apply much more foundation and concealer simply to sit around the house. I rarely took any pictures that year of semi-formals, Christmas, and so on due to my skin condition. I felt really horrible and depressed regarding the way I looked. The photos I’d take? Well, a lot of them I deleted.
- 5.) My Story of Acne – Peter C.
When I was volunteering a little girl asked me: “Why I Looked Like A Racoon?” In those days I had bad acne close to the tops of my cheeks under my eyes, and the people my age giggled. It was not a big deal, I could laugh that one off.
At a family get together my younger cousin ran around the house yelling about the awful red spots I had on my face. She is only 9 years old. So I cannot say I was angry. It was just quite embarrassing. There was a time in high school when a guy told me he was glad he wasn’t covered in ugly acne like me. Somehow, I managed to laugh that off too because I was around buddies. It gets to you though, takes away your self-confidence as well as your ability to be outgoing.
Humiliating Acne Sufferers Stories
- 6.) The Story of Michael U.
Most embarrassing ever was probably after a night out a few years ago. My friend and I stayed round his female buddies home who came out with us that night who I had never met. The following day he left before I woke up, and she was there with her sister and her sisters boyfriend. They said I could stay there for the next hour until my bus was due. I was standing on the balcony with them while they had a cigarette and out of nowhere the female friend of my pal stated:
… in reference to me. I made my excuses and left. I prefered standing in the freezing cold than being insulted by people I had known for 10 minutes.
- 7.) Acne Story of Ben M.
Most embarrassing was when my little 10 year old nephew and I were gaming and he said:
- “Jesus, What’s Wrong With Your Face?
I was under antibiotic therapy and I am a 23 year old guy who just went to the basement and started crying.
- 8.) My Story of Acne – Isabel B.
I went to school to become an esthetician. Though my skin was not as bad then as it is now, it was still awful. The first day of school we walk into this lab, and I think this is where we begin watching the demonstrations.
Nope, we were the “client” and we’d be getting facials that particular day. I stammered and tried to incoherently babble my way out of it, but no luck. I sat there as this girl removed my makeup with who knows what kind of blocking facial cleanser. During that time my face was on fire. Plus my anxiety did not help. So the instructor comes around:
Because the other students gathered around it was all I could do not to jump off that tale and run.
- 9.) The Story of Morgan W.
I got drunk, passed out. When I woke up my buddies played dot to dot on my face using my acne as dots. The embarrassing part is the fact that they somehow were able to join a penis together. Oh, and they used a permanent marker. The worse thing was that we finished most of the spirits the night just before so it was practically not possible to rub it off.
- 10.) Acne Story of Sheila B.
I’ve had several embarrassing situations with my acne. Mostly with my cysts along my forehead and jaw line. There are too many moments to count, but one of the worst moments was when I was tutoring a young boy in his Chemistry class.
I knocked my pen off the table. After I reached down to grab it, the corner tip of the hard covered chemistry text book bumped straight in the center of one of my cysts I had poking out of my forehead. The bump would not have done anything except result in a bit tickle on a regular individual, but when you touch your cysts in that way, it causes eye watering pain.
I really cursed out loud and covered my hand over my forehead while he looked at me with confusion and surprise. It was so bad. I walked to the women’s bathroom and stared at myself in the mirror until the pain disappeared.
My eyes were watering Not because I was upset (well I was, but not “crying”), but simply because bumping a cysts on a tight and sensitive spot on your ace causes it to shift it’s nastiness under your skin. And this somehow enables your eyes to go red and dry for a minute, hence enabling them to water for the duration of the time. Humiliating.
Other Real Stories
- 11.) My Story of Acne – Timothy B.
I started getting spots when I was about 16. It was not actually an issue to start with since all my friends had them as well. But the spots got worse and I developed serious cystic acne all over my face and back. My first year at university should have been among the happiest times of my life, but it was really the worst.
Acne was affecting my partnership, my work and my friendships. I missed fantastic nights out simply because, when my skin was really bad, I couldn’t face seeing anyone.
At 18, I felt really depressed. All my buddies were meeting girls and I could not talk to any of them as a result of the way I looked. I refused to be photographed.
When I was at my worst, I could not sleep properly and I eventually went to my GP to request some sleeping tablets. He commented on my acne immediately. He explained that the acne was causing my sleep issues.
- 12.) The Story of Christine P.
Throughout my high school life I was blessed with clear, smooth skin. I lived life in happy lack of knowledge of skin problems as well as the untold effects they can have on a person’s self-confidence and how much they can affect your life.
My time came when I hit 19. Just when everybody else seemed to be getting over their skin difficulties, mine hit me full-force. How fully humiliating. It really was. I was studying marketing and nobody, not one single person in that course, had bad skin. Mine seemed completely out of control.
I didn’t know what had triggered this unexpected, extreme outbreak. My diet plan was healthy and balanced. I was out in the sunshine and getting workout. I wasn’t very stressed. My troubled skin ranged from the corners of my mouth to the sides of my face and would at times spread up towards my cheeks in addition to my forehead.
I was not totally covered, but I absolutely felt that way. The overall effect was this: I was so embarrassed to go out in public. I felt judged by every person who saw me. I felt dirty and uncomfortable and I couldn’t wait to go home, wash my face and hide away, out of sight of the public and their opinions of me.
It took a massive chunk as well as a half out of my self-confidence and I struggled to face people and meet their eye when speaking to them. I would hide behind my hand, hair or downturned face.
I assumed people thought less of me. There was always that part of my brain that worried that my skin was not clear. Also, because part of my course needed me to go on hikes, I was unable to hide at least some of the splotchy, lumpy redness with makeup. It meant I was entirely exposing my skin for what it was, and I had trouble.
- 13.) Acne Story of Nora C.
I’m 27 and have had severe acne for 12 years with no good results in treatment. It gets so bad that I can’t even look people in the eye as I really feel they are laughing at me. I even take days off work as I can’t face anyone and cover up all mirrors in the house just so I don’t get a look at my awful face.
I hardly socialize when my acne is bad as I simply have no self-confidence. I have a gorgeous boyfriend who has never suffered with acne. He says it doesn’t bother him but I am sure he must look at my face sometimes and think it is ugly. As I believe it really is. I often sit and cry with embarrassment and the pain as well. Many people usually do not understand that not only is acne ugly but it hurts too!
The Answer for Acne Sufferers
There is absolutely nothing wrong with you and you are not alone. Acne usually results in feelings of anxiety, embarrassment, and avoidance of social situations. Although acne is not a life-threatening condition, it really is life limiting and can cause people to become very depressed, withdraw from their friends, and perform poorly at school or work.
- An American Medical Association survey revealed that teenagers with acne are most likely to have decreased self-confidence and poor self-image, usually staying away from engaged in social activities. The outcomes were consistent whether the person’s acne was mild, moderate or severe.
- A study by the American Academy of Dermatology said that one out of 10 teens believes that acne is the worst thing about being a teenager, and it makes them like themselves much less. Different studies have had similar findings for older age groups.