Still a sad little girl at 55.

I come from a dysfunctional family, with an alcoholic father, a mother who coped by emotionally tuning out, three siblings who seemed to have turned out better than I did (all married in fairly stable relationships, financially stable)

What I wanted to share was that along with everything else I had to cope with as a child, I had very bad acne all through my teens. I remember those years in a kind of protective fog, like I was trying to make myself invisible to the eyes of my classmates so no one would see my horrific face.

Can anyone out there relate to this.

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Aug 09, 2012
I relate.
by: Anonymous

I'm 43 and have bad acne now, since 35. I think on some level it might be a defense mechanism assuring my perception of myself as not worthy of love. Of course my good friends love me anyway. It does screen out the shallow from the real people. Although I dislike the cult-Christian "everybody but us is going to hell attitude" since moving to Colorado Springs from CA I've noticed that people are kinder here ab about it. Not staring or telling me I should "wash my face more often". I relate to your family. I'm getting out of a horrid and soul-killing relationship with a classic narcissist addict and my brother is happily married and has a good job and doesn't want to talk to me despite the fact I was always there for him when he was down and out. Anyway, I hear you. Hang in there.

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