This is kind of a personal question, but does anyone have a physical trait or traits that embarass you? Does it affect your self esteem? How? I'll begin. I'm overweight. It bothers me, but physically I am healthy and I have no mobility problems. I have gotten over the thought that people size me up. Most recently, I was diagnosed with a skin disease that is very rare. I've had it for about 1 1/2 years now. It's under control currently, but I have scars in various stages of fading. It is called pemphigus vulgaris and causes blisters to form at the upper layer of the skin. It is an autoimmune disease and only occurs in about 1 in a million peoplem, so I guess that makes me special. Not. Most blisters are about the size of a pencil eraser, but I've had some that were as large as quarters and fifty cent pieces on my back. My ears blister on the inside and behind them. I've had facial spots. It's odd, but my face really doesn't blister. The skin peels off in small spots. My scalp is in a constant stage of peeling. I am on Prednisone which causes me to be puffy in the face, which I hate (sometimes more than the blistering itself). My doctor prescribed another medication, but it made me sick after taking it for a month. I am supposed to try another med next month and hopefully it will work so that I can finally get off the Prednisone. Enough about my condition, but I always feel when I have short sleeves that I'm being stared at. I'll occasionally have a student who asks what is that on your arm, especially if I have a scab. The scab gets thick as it heals. My skin is also susceptible to tearing if I bump or knock it. I can't cover up my arms all the time because it's just too hot. I've actually had a couple of children who have touched my scab. When I had a facial breakout several weeks ago, a child asked me if I had chicken pox. The innocence of children never ceases to amaze me. I've used Mederma and cocoa butter. but I can't see where they've helped. When applying for job positions, I've worn long sleeves. I don't want people to wonder what's up with my skin. It looks as if I just pick at sores on my arms and have scars from it. Once I get to know people, I tell them about my condition because I know that they wonder, but hate to ask.