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Old 06-09-2020, 07:39 AM   #1
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Default Can't wear a mask - re; covid

I have a major concern about my eyebrows, and forehead and head.

I can't wear a mask. Simply can't.... not in public, not even alone. (Edit: As I feel it highlights my features)
So now I can't travel on public transport.

I hate this. So now I have to walk everywhere ---- which is ofc difficult as I have BDD and used to use public transport to avoid that.
Feeling a bit hopeless
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Old 06-09-2020, 08:10 AM   #2
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Default Re: Can't wear a mask - re; covid

I am sorry you feel that way. Has someone said something to you while wearing your mask that upset you?
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Thanks, Not that I recall.

I re-read my post, I didn't make it very clear at all.
It's the wearing a mask that I feel draws attention to my eyebrows. I have a beard always - which I feel 'balances' out my face.
As when someone is wearing a mask - you focus on their eyes, as it's all you can see.

It's this that gives me panic attacks. When I feel people are looking at my eyes/eyebrows my BDD is in overdrive.
And I feel masks do just that.
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Though we have different "problematic" areas, I can feel the pain you are expressing in feeling attention is drawn to it. Overdrive. I get that too.

Some masks are more covering than others. Those pleated fold ones seem to be the most compact I've seen, and would show quite a bit of beard (though it's hard to say, depending on your beard configuration). Any hope there? I also am a transit rider, and keep my mask under my chin till the bus pulls up and pull it back down first thing I get off the bus, this minimizing the time it's covering my face. Don't know if that's any help. How long are your trips?

I searched for some masks (so at least I could like what has to be on my face. I have to wear it all day at work, which... does not please me) And there are SO many! Even ones depicting beards. Such as Funny Adult FACE Mask Unisex BEARD Design Custom Printed | Etsy and Gray Beard Face Mask Cover Men's Washable Reusable Dust | Etsy
It may not be *your* beard, but it could help with the visual balance it provides. What do you think?
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I have a phobia of them, so I can't wear them either.

just seeing someone wear one, or hearing someone touch one is enough to make me run a mile

it's the same with gloves too, and the sad part is it's actually drawn a lot of attention to me because I get people angry at me for not taking risks seriously etc

I do, but I can not take part in something that causes me anxiety
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I have a major concern about my eyebrows, and forehead and head.

I can't wear a mask. Simply can't.... not in public, not even alone. (Edit: As I feel it highlights my features)
So now I can't travel on public transport.

I hate this. So now I have to walk everywhere ---- which is ofc difficult as I have BDD and used to use public transport to avoid that.
Feeling a bit hopeless
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I kind of hate the way that I look too. Have you tried wearing sunglasses and a hat? That might help a bit. I often feel less self concious when I'm wearing sun glasses and a hat, especially a big floppy one.
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