28 March 2011

Full Disclosure: Freckle Face

Blogging has been a bit of a freeing experience for me - being able to share "just" as much as I want to while still maintaining an air of anonymity. It has also helped me to come to terms with the way I look, and be able to embrace the positive while at the same time as least not absolutely hating myself over the negative.

So in this Full Disclosure post, I wanted to push one of my personal boundaries and be candid about one of my personal least favorite features - my freckles.

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Now most of you gals make not think freckles are a big deal but I've aways been extremely self-conscious of mine through most of my life. As an asian, all of my family and my asian friends were all blessed with the "typical" asian complexion - pale, clear porcelain skin. While I had a face full of freckles. And some moles. And in my teens, throw in some acne to the mix. And everything else about myself that I was not satisfied with. I was and still am extremely aware of every dot, bump, speck on my face.

Why do I dislike them so much? They make me look like a kid, and looking adult-like in a corporate work environment and regular social environment is already hard enough when you're a short asian girl. And they really darken and have a tendency to multiply relentlessly in the summer, regardless of how much SPF I slather on. To me, I'm too old to have them and have too many for them to be considered cute.

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I know if they really bother me as much as they do, I could do things to make them go away. I could see a dermatologist and get them lasered off. Or there are numerous fancy creams that promise to whiten and lighten any nasty brown bits off your face. But I don't do it.

No, there's not big life-changing, emotive "aha!" moment about how I've grown to be completely accepting of who I am and think that I am perfect in the way I was made - because let's be honest, as much as we try to be positive about everything about ourselves, who really is absolutely comfortable with themselves? And if there do exist self-assured Samantha Jones' in the world, I can do nothing but commend and be in awe of you. So why don't I do anything about my freckles instead of whine about them? Partly because I'm hesitant about doing anything to myself I don't need to - and partly because I think of my freckles as part of me, regardless of how I feel about them.

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I didn't write this post in hopes of eliciting "aw, you're gorgeous, those freckles are perfect" comments - this isn't a different is beautiful post. I also hope I don't make those of you who also have freckles to feel self-conscious about them because there are plenty of people who make freckles look good. And I definitely don't want to start a list of self-deprecations from you lovely gals. This is just me, pushing a personal boundary - I guess this is just a long-winded "here are my freckles, ta da!" post. So - ta da.

And in a vain attempt to give a point to this post, let's talk about you. What are your favorite non-traditional features - on yourself, or just in general?

59 comments:

  1. Great post! I dislike a few of my physical attributes, too. Blogging, for the most part, has made me more confident and less ashamed of these imperfections. I say "for the most part", because of course, every now and then, someone is distasteful enough to actually comment on them, which makes me cringe and reconsider for a while. As a whole, though, the older I get, the more "ok" I am with all my imperfections, even though I still see them as imperfections.

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  2. Way to push that personal boundary! Woo Hoo!!

    I have a love/hate relationship with my ultra pale skin. Sometimes I feel chic and classic when I look in the mirror, other times I feel pastey and in need of a "fake bake" (which I never do by the way - because I'm scared to death of skin cancer).


    Leaving the House in THIS?!?!

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  3. Great post, Lisa! As for me, my left eye is smaller than my right. It's not so apparent normally, but when I smile, it is VERY obvious. One eye looks squinty while the other one is wide open. I hate it!

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  4. Oh wow, I never even noticed one freckle on your face (but they are really cute). Great post!

    I'm super self-conscious about anything on my face. Had really bad acne for years and still struggle with it. And, just to add to the joy of aging, now I'm getting lines everywhere. Yikes! But I'll keep posting my pics on my blog regardless. This is just who we are. :)

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  5. It's funny, growing up, I hate freckles all over my face and HATED them. I wished them away and one day, as I got older, they went away. Now sometimes, I actually get happy when some of them poke out on my face after having too much sun in the summer! Funny how that works, isn't it? For what it's worth, I really do think your freckles make you gorgeous and unique :)

    I, just like Molly above, also have a love/hate relationship with my super pale skin. I spent my whole childhood and teen years, and even early 20's wishing I would tan. Laying in the sun, going to tanning beds, doing everything I could. I've embraced it more and more now, but sometimes, I still hate it and wish I tanned.

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  6. I do think your freckles are cute, especially because they're concentrated on your gorgeous cheekbones!

    I have chicken legs--that's why I avoided skirts/dresses for so many years. Right now, it's cold so I can just wear boots--but boot shopping is painful. I do like to wear dresses and bare my legs in the warm weather--I just tell myself that all body types are baring various parts in the spring/summer, and considering the spectrum of those body parts, my chicken legs aren't too bad. My legs certainly wouldn't get as many looks as someone baring the bottoms of their butt-cheeks in daisy-dukes. :P

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  7. My sister had freckles. I used to tell her that she had to dry off better getting out of the shower because she was rusting. She believed me when she was really small and refused to wash her face for a while because she didn't want it to get wet. My mom was furious with me! Later on, my comments about her freckles didn't phase her... but I think she was always a little self-conscious about them.

    For me, my love/hate relationship has always been with my naturally red, curly hair. (My sister used to tease me about it in return for the remarks about her freckles.) I have dyed my hair about every color imaginable and yet, the red still starts to shine through after a couple of washes... I have tried to embrace it, but I can't seem to make myself. I end up cutting it all off and dying it all the time anyway. Fortunately, I have seen some silver streaks in my hair lately, so my red hair may not be an issue for much longer. LOL!

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  8. Like Molly and Kim above, my love/hate relationship has been with my pale skin. Growing up in sunny Australia, I always wanted to be brown and beautiful like my friends. However I think having a few pale Australian actresses as role models (including Nicole Kidman and Cate Blanchett) helped me to become more comfortable and accept that being an Aussie girl doesn't mean I have to be a tanned beach babe. I always think other pale beauties look elegant and regal, so now I embrace it too.

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  9. I'm half asian and also have freckles. I've always been extremely self conscious about them and I do wear makeup--but I wish I didn't have to:P I think I only became self conscious when people started making fun of them, but I'm slowly starting to embrace them. Honestly, I think Asians with freckles are "exotic" and gorgeous!

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  10. You know what, your freckles are totally you - embrace it! I personally LOVE freckles like yours, so unique! I can understand you being self conscious about them - anything "different" tends to make us feel abnormal when we should instead be proud! Good for you though for being brave enough despite your hesitations to share :)

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  11. awww thanks for sharing! this was a lovely post..we all have aspects of ourselves that we feel uncomfortable about or wish we could change..i'm the oldest in my family but all of my siblings happen to be taller than me..i'm the "short" one haha and certain days, i wish i was taller

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  12. Awesome post! I love your freckles :)

    I have some fierce hatred for my gigantic bones! ha ha...I'm 5'4" but I have the bone girth of like a 7foot man or something. Seriously, bracelets..no way...never fit around my wrist...sometimes shirts won't button around my wrists. My knee caps are huge, and my hands and feet are monstrous...but I'm an otherwise average sized woman. It's weird..and I hate when people are like "Woah, your hands are HUGE!" Do I say, "thanks" or "I'm sorry"..LOL...but I can palm a basketball and get a great grip on the pull up bar (which helps me to do pull ups better than any other 5'4" person!)

    I try to focus on what my body can do and not what it looks like.

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  13. i have freckles, too. :)

    i started going grey around 21, and i have no desire to dye my hair. my face is quite youthful, so i don't mind if it ages me a bit. i definitely get annoyed when a random strand near my face breaks off and i have a wiry white hair sticking straight up from all the rest, but i hope someday when it's more uniform i'll look like one of those chic dames with silver hair. :)

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  14. My sister and I are freckle blessed too. I've come to terms with mine, but she's hitting her teens and thinks she has way too many. I think she'll come around though. :)

    I'm very curvy. That may sound like a not so different thing or something not to love and yet hate at the same time, but i do. See I got my "hour glass figure" the second year of high school when most of my friends still had a few years of "boy-ish" figure to go. They would always complain about how I looked older and what not because of my body shape. But now I'm 21 not 15/16 and while my friends are starting to have babies and can eat whatever they want, be nothing but cute belly, and slim down right after giving birth being left with a lack in stretch marks and a few extra pounds of healthy weight. They all look good great.

    While I definitely have moments of self love and confidence where I love the way I look and feel great in my own skin I also have the those moments of jealousy. Crying about how unfair it is that they don't have to watch what they eat, work out or deal with clothing not fitting. Nothing can kill a great mood faster than realizing "hey, I don't fit the new fashion style size" and feeling like your choices are hanging out in some not so flattering areas or looking like a mom in her 40's. Not that I think mom's aren't beautiful, but I want to look my age you know?

    It's not so much that I'm insecure about how I look... it's more just frustrating that I have to spend sooo much time trying to find clothes I'm comfortable in and worrying about having kids. I don't want to not enjoy myself when I'm pregnant or a young mom because I'm concerned with my hips and boobs needing their own zip code. i don't I love it and I hate it.

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  15. This is a great post, and even though you didn't write it to garner an "but I love your freckles!" comment, I do have to say that I love your freckles. You may find them cutesy, but I think they do a lot to make your face look really fresh, if that makes any sense.

    What you said about blogging as a confidence/coming-to-terms booster is true as well -- I've definitely experienced it as well. The one non-traditional feature that I've come to terms with on myself are my gigantic lips. At least, I've always felt they were gigantic, but then after more than a year of blogging and not a single "DAYUM YOUR LIPS ARE HUGE" comment, I realized that I may have been self-conscious about nothing at all, haha! I still can't bring myself to wear lipstick, though.

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  16. Although I know other ladies have already included things like this, I love your freckles. My best friend is completely freckled, she'd put you to shame, and I guess I love them! It makes her, and you very fresh faced and beautiful!

    I'm self conscious about my body, the fact that my face isn't symmetrical, I could go on and on. Blogging has really helped me with it. No one comments about those things that I see wrong with myself!

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  17. This is a great post! I love seeing people push their own boundaries on their blogs and it's definitely something I want to work up the courage to do on mine!
    I scar really easily so that's always been something that no matter how much I try to avoid it, keeps popping up. I've gotten better about not hating them, but definitely can say I'm a loooooong ways away from accepting them.

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  18. Awesome- I guess freckles are a funny thing. I hate them on myself too- both cutesy and distracting from a clear complexion. On the other hand, I tend to LOVE them on other people, and I think yours are very lovely and distinctive, since you have such amazing cheekbones!
    It`s funny, I guess I haven`t officially highlighted or noted this on my blog but I have a purple birthmark on my left eye, kind of like a splash of paint. I forget about it all the time, but it`s definitely me, part of who I am, and the only time I feel weird about it is when people note it as something I SHOULD feel weird about (saying things like, "You should have that removed", or "Shame about that...")(and often they're old ladies so I can't be nasty to them...)

    It's not usually very visible in my photos due to hair and glasses, but I guess I do think of it because the 'red-eye' corrector in photoshop sometimes freaks out and will turn half my face blue!

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  19. Wow, thanks for such a candid post! I thought my sis and I were the only Asians with freckles growing up. I'm like you, I don't like them, but I'm too lazy/cheap to do anything about them. So I have to say, the thing you said you're not soliciting, that you are an amazing looking woman, and the freckles are very much part of who you are. Great post!

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  20. Lisa, I just adore you. Your skin, freckles & all, is ridiculously clear and smooth. I have cellulite and get nasty looks when I complain about it because I'm thin.

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  21. Well Lisa, from one fellow-freckled-frauline to another, I HEAR YOU! When I was a kid, I used to pray that they would all grow together over night and I'd wake up SUPAH-DUPAH Tan! No such luck. Ah well, I got over it, and embraced the fact that it made me appear youthful. I actually love it when Anthro and J.Crew and other catalog retailers use models with prominent freckles. I think, Rock on! I do love seeing other women rock their freckles, 'specially you!

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  22. Fantastic post Lisa. I come from an Asian family and most people think Asians are born with clear, fine skin but my skin has large pores (I had acne when I was a teen) and moles in random places on my face. I would definitely prefer freckles like you!! I love freckles on Asians.

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  23. How crazy! Just yesterday, I was catching up on some posts and I was looking at one of your pictures...it wasn't very close up, but it was the first time I noticed slight freckles. I was thinking, does she have freckles? And then I see this as your topic for today!

    Reading your post, I recall a comedian saying something about being teased by kids for having freckles. His mom told him that they're "angel kisses," and the comedian was like, "Yeah that's what you want to tell a bunch of bullies. They're not freckles, they're angel kisses!" lol

    I think everyone has had at least one insecurity growing up. When I was younger, I wanted curly blond hair. As I got older though I came to absolutely love my long, straight black hair. There was even a time in college when I would dye it even blacker because in the summer it gets a slight brownish tint.

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  24. I think that I might have finally comes to terms with my red hair. I always wanted long straight black hair but was given curly red hair. Sure, I straighten it and I've dabbled in color, but when my hair curls it reminds me of my father and when I think about the fact that my paternal grandmother was excited I was a red head like her, I can't help but embrace the fact that it is what reminds me of the loved ones in my family that have passed. It's me! Great post, Lisa!

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  25. Great post. Growing up I always hated my naturally curly hair and always wished I could be one of those girls with stick straight hair that dried that way naturally. Thru the years I've learned to embrace it but I still have my moments of wishful thinking.

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  26. You're so funny Lisa.....and I know the last thing you're looking for is to hear how great your freckles look, but you're going to hear it from me for sure! There are definitely some things I'd like to change about my features, but everytime I look in the mirror I'm reminded of my identical twin sister and I wouldn't trade that for the most perfect features in the world ;)

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  27. My grandpa was known for his ears. They weren't exactly "spock ears" but they were noticeable for sure. I have those some ears (mine are just a little smaller). I was self-conscious about them for years. But now I look at my ears and think how that is the one tangible thing I have to link me to my grandpa and I try to appreciate them.

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  28. I honestly, truly, never even noticed your freckles until this post. I will tell you that I like your freckles, probably because I have some too. It makes you different, it makes you YOU. We like you!!! And if you were anyone else, we wouldn't be reading your blog.

    So. There's that. :)

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  29. I love your beautiful freckles, and that we get to see them up close and personal :)

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  30. Wow.
    This post hits home on so many levels.
    I hold myself to level of physical and spiritual perfection that no one else in this world does. My husband tells me that I am my own worst critic/enemy.
    And he's right.

    Thanks so much for sharing this...I really enjoy your "full disclosure" posts!

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  31. This is honestly not a "aww, freckles are great!" comment, but ... I've always wanted freckles! No joke, I swear. SWEAR to you! I'm Asian and all my life, I've wanted freckles. So ... umm ... wanna gimme some?

    I definitely have a like/hate-with-a-vengeance relationship with my own skin. I've struggled with acne forever and lately, it seems like the type of acne has changed (oh great ...).

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  32. Thanks for all your feedback, ladies! We all struggle with ourselves and work to improve what we can or just get used to it - I guess that is considered growing up? What struck me most about your comments are that the same features you used to - or still - struggle to fully embrace are also the ones that endear you the most because it brings you closer to your heritage.

    I don't have anyone in my family who has had freckles other than myself - I'm an anomaly, haha - but looking at my post pictures, I am reminded of how much I look like my dad in my first picture, and then my mom in my second. And I am my parent's child, and this is how they made me.

    (Was that my "aha!" moment? No, I'm still not in love with my freckles - but I appreciate them).

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  33. Tara B - Sometimes I'm not sure if blogging for me has made me feel more comfortable about my imperfections, or I've just become better at hiding them with clothing, haha!

    Molly, leaving the house in this?! - I'm conflicted about my pale skin too. I appreciate it more now, but in college and my early twenties, I wanted nothing more than to be healthy tan - I still feel self-conscious about my pale-as-heck legs!

    Betty Ray - I had a lot of personal issues about the way I looked for a long time - that's why it took me MONTHS before feeling comfortable enough to show my face on my blog - bravo to you for not being shy about who you are!

    Kim - I hope this means one day my freckles will just go away! ;o) I wanted to be tan too, when I was younger and did the whole laying out thing whenever I could, with minimal sun protection because I wanted the ultimate tan. Guess I brought my freckle face on myself!

    Ady - that's funny because I consider naturally red hair a rarity and something gorgeous. My BF has red hair and random women fall over themselves at his head because THAT'S the color they've spent untold amounts of money to try to achieve!

    LittleAsianGirl BigAppetite - funnily enough, I am also the shortest person in my family - and the only who had to get glasses at an early age. I guess they saved up all the "good stuff" for me, haha!

    Anne - we're all our own worst critics, because when I see you in yout blog, I just think what a fit and gorgeous woman you are!

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  34. Oh, but freckles have so much personality - really, I love them, which is probably because I don't have any myself. I'm the same way with glasses. And red hair. And well, flat chests too, lol. I used to hate, hate my big eyes and being called bug eyes in school :( In fact, I never wore eye makeup until about 5 years ago? Because I didn't want to call attention to them. Funny thing is eyeshadow & liner actually make me like them WAY better - so now I never leave home without both.

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  35. Lynn Read - I think we can all relate to how you've felt about yourself because we've all been there in our own way. I remember wishing and literally praying to look like someone else when I was little because I was so unhappy with myself. Thankfully getting older has helped me come to terms with what I look like and embracing - or on certain days, at least living with - it. Though in true form of "the grass is greener ..." I'd love to have some of your curves!

    amy kelinda - oh on, now one of the hardest things for me to do is NOT post "dayum, your lips are huge" on your blog, haha!

    thatdamngreendress - I know what you mean about old ladies - someone should tell them sometimes that just because you're older doesn't necessarily mean you're wiser!

    Closet Crisis - you've got freckles too? On top of everything else, you're like my Canadian soul sista!

    Liz - that joke made me day! I'll have to tell everyone my freckles are "angel kisses" and wait for the verbal smackdowns, haha!

    Pamela - another good/bad thing about freckles? Acne just blends in sometimes - oh, just ANOTHER big dot on my face ...

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  36. Thank you for sharing this with us. I think there's always something that we possess that has room for improvement, but what I love is that we learn in our own ways to work with what we've got.

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  37. Love your freckles! I've always thought freckles were beautiful!

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  38. OH my gosh, I've never even noticed that you have freckles! I think they are so great and make you look so unique (in a really great way!!!) I am super self concsious and picky about my hair. I rarely take a picture where I like the way it looks. It's always been a problem for me for some reason.

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  39. that took guts and I appreciate your sharing that! good for you, miss lady.

    I used to be hate my small boobs (I was called Kansas once in 8th grade, it was traumatic!) but now I love them, they're tiny but boy do they ever have personality :)

    you hafta love what you got, if not it's gonna be a fussy fussy life!

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  40. Hi Lisa! Thanks for this wonderful post and the invitation to share. Like many other ladies above, I take issue with my super pale skin. I think it sometimes makes me look sickly and exhausted, even when I feel fine. When I lived in California, it was basically expected that you would have a perfect (and perfectly natural) tan. No matter how long I spent outside, I just don't get very tan. Meanwhile, my mom and brothers turn a nice shade of bronze by early June. I'm finally beginning to appreciate my skin -- and the fact that it seems surprisingly burn-resistent for all its paleness!

    And I actually had freckles when I was younger, but they disappeared. I miss them!!!

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  41. What a fabulous post, I enjoyed reading every word. You are absolutely beautiful. Every summer I get a smattering of freckles that disappear in the winter months. When I look in the mirror, I wouldn't mind changing the shape of my nose... or maybe making my dimple just a bit smaller... but usually I feel happy with who I am. It's nice to be at that point in my life!

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  42. For the record, I love your freckles! They are beautiful...I am finally at the point of mostly self acceptance, even though there are things that I know could look "better", I don't think I would ever choose to alter my self.

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  43. Great post!

    As for me, I used to really dislike that I am SOOO pale. But now, I sorda like it! I never ever get tanned because I like my white porcelain skin. I guess I learned how to accept and love it.

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  44. Lisa, my daughter has lots of freckles! She loves them now, I hope she always does. I just read an article in my Health magazine about enhancing your natural qualities and the model had lots of freckles and curly hair -beautiful! I'm happy you shared about yourself! The one thing that bothers me the most since I hit 40 is the "11" that is forming on my forehead- I hate it! Seriously want to do Botox, but feel that is nuts to inject myself with toxin to get rid of a wrinkle. Why can't it just be laugh lines instead???

    Like you said I wish I could learn to be completely accepting of myself as is. I can remember when I first married (almost 20 years ago), I was so thin and even then, I thought I was too big and my shape wasn't perfect. Looking back now, I was a stick! But never satisfied. I keep trying to become more comfortable in my own skin. I think Blogging has really helped!

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  45. Lisa, this is such a great post. =D So candid and honest! Growing up, I hated the shape of my face - it's so flat, haha! I'm resigned to it now, and am still able to acknowledge that other people don't seem to find it as problematic as I do. ^_- Still, I can really relate to how sometimes that's just not enough, and we can be our own harshest critic.

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  46. I really like this post. I also really like your freckles...after reading Anne of Green Gables as a kid I always wanted some...

    I always hated my nose, always. It is a process. Now I don't worry so much now. Since having kids, there are other things that bother me more :)

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  47. Lisa, you are so beautiful, freckles and all!

    As an imperfect and self-conscious woman, I've wasted so much time trying to hide my flaws from the world.
    I've gone through times of being a happy and confident women to feeling totally worthless and having zero confidence (the later is a result of my mind replaying all the mean things anyone has said to me over and over again).
    I'm working on turning off that mechanism in my brain.

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  48. I used to have a lot of freckles on my face, before I was old enough to be too self conscious about that kind of thing. They are gone now, probably because of all the stuff I use on my face to treat acne. I'd much rather have the freckles!

    I was going to say I didn't care for any of my non-traditional features, but the comments above made me realize that I now like my pasty white, cannot-tan-at-all skin. I don't have any relatives who can't tan, and tanning was the cool thing to do when I was a teenager, so that was annoying. I got so tired of being told I looked like a ghost, as if it was my fault I could not tan, only burn.

    But now I'm grateful because it's forced me to avoid the sun (difficult, having spent my life in a very sunny place), giving me less risk of skin cancer and less signs of aging than I would otherwise. A blessing in pale disguise.

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  49. What a fantastic and honest post!

    There are so many things I'm self conscious about-my mom belly and less than perky boobs top the list. My I've also spent years hating my smile, my nose and my face in general. I'm not sure how I got the nerve to post pictures of myself on the internet since I don't think of myself as photogenic but it's helped me(on most days) get over it:)Although I'm currently laying on the couch throwing myself a pity party!

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  50. I think they make you look unique (in a pretty way) :)

    FWIW, I seem to notice many fashion models who have freckles, or other non-conventional characteristics.

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  51. I can't say I noticed your freckles before. I feel silly if they've always been there, but I just didn't. You have a beautiful face, great outfits & a great blog. That's all I see. I used to want freckles. I was so happy when I'd get them after being in the sun.

    I'm having trouble thinking of what I like that's non-traditional. I guess I'm feeling pretty good right now. So I'll live there while it lasts ;-)

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  52. This is a very lovely post. I appreciate that you don't come to one big "aha" moment but rather accept the freckles as a part of who you are.

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  53. Hi Freckle Face, I'm behind, so I'm on a push to catch everything I have missed from you. It seems I may have missed your freckles. I too am blessed! I was the Freckled Face Strawberry as a kid. Now they have aggregated into old age spots. None-the-less, I am very happy to make the aquaintance of each and every freckle on your lovely face.

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  54. You might be really surprised to find out a lot of guys would think your freckles make you even more pretty than you already are! They are very attractive on you. Some freckles are not attractive at all as is the case with some moles. Some are beauty marks and some are ugly. You're beautiful looking with or without freckles but I think they add to your beauty and you look even better with them!

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  55. I agree with the other Anonymous! I should open and account so my name will appear and it won't seem like a fake but I'm just going out the door and don't have time right now. You have beautiful light skin and gorgeous freckles. I you get out in the sun and happen to get some more freckles on your cheeks, they wouldn't hurt your looks in the least. You look wonderful the way you already are with all your sexy freckles but a few more freckles might even add to your beauty. Hey Miss freckled beauty, a lot of us guys find freckles very attractive!

    Jim

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  56. Hey, Here's my story:
    I have really big pores.. They came out when I was about 10-15y/o. I've read that it's because of white sugar consumption that this happening (on a chinese face reading thing). I've tried cutting out sugar but my cheaks and forehead are still covered with these gapping great holes that you can see from a mile away. I've read up about how to minimize them by steaming your face... etc... but after a while I tire of trying to find ways to change the way I look. I guess I've come to accept the face that I've been given, It's like learning to live with an annoying sibbling ... or an embarrassing nick-name... whatever. I liked your post. I think you are a gorgous girl freckles or no. Your skin is smooth as a babys bum. I can see that. Don't worry about trying to have no freckles, who wants to look generically beautiful anyway? You are authentically beautiful, which I think means alot more.

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  57. So... I know you weren't trolling for complements when you wrote this, but here you go anyway: You are ridiculously gorgeous! Not "pretty" or "cute" but just drop-dead gorgeous. I think you would look less gorgeous without the freckles honestly.
    I am not Asian but most of my family is and I know how tough it can be if you don't have that perfect pale skin. (Everyone seems to have that one grandmother or aunt who likes to tell you that you'll never find a good husband if you go out in the sun too much.)
    And I'm not here to give you some pep talk about self esteem.
    Everyone has stuff they like and dislike about themselves.
    I just wanted to let you know that I'm just one more guy who thinks freckles are awesome and you wear them particularly well.
    Oh, and as long as I'm handing out complements you should know that those Seychelles "Ring In The New Year" heels are off the chain!

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  58. You are beautiful :)

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  59. After reading this, I couldn't help but click follow! I think this is a refreshing and wonderful post. :)

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