What is it about having acne that makes people think it’s OK to comment on your skin? Everyone from your mother, to your best friend, to the lady in the grocery store love to dole out treatment tidbits (or snarky remarks).
Even the most innocent seeming comments can hurt, and the more discourteous ones can be downright insulting.
What’s the rudest thing someone has said to you about your skin, and what did you do (laugh, cry, retort with a sharp comeback)? Share your rude encounter.Share Your Experience
- Right through secondary school and beyond, about 8 years, I had truly awful acne. I have a whole catalogue of nasty memories. I was regularly told by one girl to commit suicide because everywhere I went I made people sick. She'd follow me round and make retching noises. My skin eventually cleared up so much I can go without makeup and look pretty. Clear as a baby's face. I saw her a while back. She now has adult acne, & has gained about 3 stone. Karma, that :)
- —Guest Eep
- I used to be on a math team with another boy from school who always teased me. When another boy from a grade below us joined, they became instint friends. One day the new kid walks right up to me and says, "Hey, you were right! She does have pimples!" From that day on they called me pimple face. They always asked why I had pimples and I would ignore them. Then, when the younger kid was still in elementry school and the other boy went up a grade with me, (I still had acne the next year) I found out he likes me. How does that make any sense!? First saying I'm ugly then asking me out?! He needs lessons on flirting.
- —Guest Guest Confused
- I used to be one of those girly girls who loved makeup doing there hair until I got acne. I couldnt stand looking at my self without crying. I've gotten every comment you can think of from some one just calling me pimple girl to being asked what happened to my face? And being told one day i'll get prettier!! Those comments come from strangers, family and friends easier I wish people were more mannered but whatever. I've never once made fun of someone for the way they look and get I don't understand why but ill still never do it. Right now my face to me is moderate but to others it'll be severe I just thank god for giving me strength and love and letting me know I'm not alone.
- —Guest Not pretty enough
"Things a total dumba** would say"
- Someone I was seeing, who normally had a ritual habit of abusing me verbally, told me I had 'wrecked' skin because I wore too much makeup (to cover up scarring) and didn't take care of myself. This coming from someone with a flawless complexion and who had no idea what a pimple was. He also decided to one day rub it in by adding the fact that I would be 'embarrassed' if I saw his mother's skin, because it was much younger looking than mine, her being in her fifties and me in my mid twenties. I had no response, how do you respond to someone who is a complete idiot? He had no idea that I regularly went to see a dermatologist, washed my face 3 times a day with medical skincare products and went through 5 excruciatingly painful Fraxel treatments with minimal success. Its one thing to hear something from a total stranger, but from someone you're emotionally and physically involved with is worst. Then it all made sense, only someone worth my time & love would see the beauty inside and out.
- —Guest Mani
Made me feel bad...
- i was walking around in school and a girl walks up to me and asks what's on my face? is that a bug bite or a pimple? i was so embarrassed... she made me feel so bad because that before hand i got a ton of comments about my face. in addition the girl which said that comment has many imperfections too...
- —Guest pimple face
Have you try Vichy ?
- I was in my english class, I had a lot of pimples on my face, already feeling ugly and my friend randomly asked me "have you tried Vichy?" I said "yes...--" she asked : "did it work?" *obviously noticing it didnt* i answered "I dont know yet" *getting really pissed* she then said "okay, because you have a lot... Maybe its stress ahahaha" it was rude and didnt make me laugh at all.
- —Guest JustMee
- I had always had perfect skin, until about a month ago. It became terrebly ugly and peely-dry. While forcing myelf into school, filled with shame, a kid walked up to me and said "you used to be pretty. What happened?" I started to tear up; I already knew it was bad. He continued: "Well? What's on your face?"
- —Guest Zit-face
- i was babysitting one night and two 8 year old girls asked me why i have cancer on my face.
- —Guest Vicky
- Once I was at camp and one of my cabin mates and I were having a conversation. Suddenly she stared at my face and said "You have a HUGE-," but I cut her off and finished the sentence. "Pimple on my nose, I know." Ugh. This happened recently. Why couldn't she just not say anything?
- —Guest --
I was called...
- Tomato. And by my best friend. We sort of laughed it off but it still stung. I had very mild acne in 6th grade,almost not there at all. In seventh grade it pretty much all went away but when i got my period a few months ago ive been breaking out moderately and i have been lucky not to have severe acne....yet. People at school barely notice and dont comment at all because they all love my personality. Guys this sounds corny but confidence is key and then people will look past ur not-perfect skin :))))
- —Guest want to be done with it 4ever
Once a boy asked me...
- I never usually get acne . I had one huge one on my nose though . I'm 13 , almost 14 . A boy asked "Is your face molding?"
- —Guest Peyton
- I'm 16, I live in France and I'm in boarding school with all a bunch of kids my age. I was once in the bathroom putting some cream on my face and one of the French kids said I had an acne war on my face. He was referring to star wars.
- —Guest Adam
Have More Consideration
- 'You should have more consideration for the people who have to look at you all day!' There's still days when I don't want to go out in case my face upsets somebody.
- —Guest Guest Lizzie
Two great responses
- a) Have you considered plastic surgery ? b) I'm surprised they gave you a job here with your skin.
- —Guest guest adult acne
- When I was about 23 I had very severe adult nodular cystic acne. I lived in an apartment complex where there were a lot of elderly people who didn't seem to understand my issues with acne. One day I was in the elevator of the complex and one of residents in the elevator proceeded to ask me: "Is your acne caused by your period?" I just started laughing to avoid crying. My acne was caused by genetics and lasted for quite some time. Also, other residents would stop me in the hallway & ask me what happened to my face & when I would tell them it was acne they would say: "Well, aren't you doing anything about it?" As if I can just go wash it off my face! I wish it was that simple! Don't we all!
- —Guest Jessica