DEAR DEIDRE: MY skin condition has cost me all my confidence.
I tend to hide myself away when all I want is a girlfriend.
I have vitiligo, which means my skin loses colour or pigmentation.
I was bullied at school and people made lots of horrible comments.
Because of the way I look I am struggling to get dates.
I avoid mirrors as much as possible because of the constant reminder of what my face looks like.
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I have this condition all over my body, but I know it is my face that puts women off.
My skin condition means I struggle to interact with new people, and I’m nervous to be in public.
Some days are worse than others and I find it excruciating when someone whispers or stares at me.
I am a 23-year-old man and my confidence is at rock bottom.
I struggle to see the positives in life and feel I will end up being single forever.
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DEIDRE SAYS: You’re self-conscious about your skin but when other people look at you, they will see the whole person.
Try to focus on your good points and if anyone mentions your skin, tell them about your condition.
Your skin is a major part of who you are, but this condition doesn’t define you. Visit the website vitiligosociety.org.
My support pack on Raising Self-esteem will help you build positive feelings about yourself.
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