People are already aware of the blemishes they have on their body, so why bother pointing them out?
My entire life I have been in an infuriating mental battle with my rosacea. For those lucky ones unfamiliar with the term, rosacea refers to a skin condition that causes a variety of symptoms evident on your face and neck. This can look vastly different from person to person, but for me, it causes my cheeks to physically burn and get extremely red.
To make matters worse, my rosacea is triggered by almost anything.
Doing a light work out? Red face.
Taking a stressful, time-sensitive exam? Red face.
Sitting in the sun for a short five minutes? Red face.
Having a completely casual conversation with my closest friends? You guessed it– my cheeks cannot seem to even let me enjoy the simplest, most mundane moments without getting red.
Unfortunately, I truly would not mind the fire engine color if it weren’t for the heat accompanying it. In the worst episodes, my rosacea genuinely causes me discomfort and can even completely throw off my body’s internal temperature. I could be sweating, with a burning face, but the rest of my body will have chills.
Although this condition does my body no harm at all, it has become an incredibly sensitive insecurity of mine that continues to dock my self-confidence every time it arises. And, to be brutally honest, this insecurity has stemmed solely from the comments made about it by others.