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Have You Ever Called in Sick Due to a Beauty-Related Matter?

Every woman's had those days where she just can't get herself out of a bad beauty funk — real or imagined. Your self-image is about as worthless as a penny and it continues on a downward spiral as you think about facing your co-workers with your giant pimple, your disastrous haircut, your puffy eyes or whatever else you feel is glaringly unattractive about yourself.

On days like this, sometimes it's best to take a break and treat yourself to a massage, a movie, a bath or anything that makes you feel special and grounded. We've all been guilty of losing perspective; some of us are just better at managing it than others. So tell me, have you ever called in sick because of a beauty-related issue?


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jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 9 years
Yes, because I just didn't feel pretty that day.
penny1614 penny1614 9 years
Everyone's done it. Whoever says they haven't is just lying.
lily8206 lily8206 9 years
No. Never. I hate calling in sick when I actually am sick, let alone for something like that.
fauxmccoy fauxmccoy 9 years
when i was a young pseudo professional wanna be in san francisco, a pigeon dropped a present on my coif and i just could not bear how icky it was. i washed up, repeatedly and just never could make myself feel good enough to leave the house that day.
rocketgirl rocketgirl 9 years
Nope. That's what ponytails and concealer are for. Besides, I don't get paid to look pretty; I get paid to work.
AKirstin AKirstin 9 years
Um, wow. Really? I have never done this, it seems like the pinnacle of vanity getting in the way.
WiCkeD_LaDy WiCkeD_LaDy 9 years
i called on sick once, but not for a beauty matter, because me and some friends planned everything to go shopping, but i called in sick LOL !!
mld6277 mld6277 9 years
many times.... skipped school when i had a home hair dye mishap (right before a very important dance mind you!) I also played hookie from work a few years ago after a facial gone bad. I had a horrible reaction to it and could not leave the house for a week without a hat and sunglasses!
RaCheer RaCheer 9 years
I've skipped class but I've never called in sick to work due to my appearance. This is my first "real" job and I make it a point only call in sick if I'm actually sick.
mahalobeauty mahalobeauty 9 years
Guilty. It was the whole "time of the month" I felt fat and ugly, situation. I work with a lot of customers and if I don't feel like I'm going to have a decent day, then I will call off. It doesn't happen often though.
bushra bushra 9 years
can anyone tell me more about these mental health days? i've never heard of those here in the uk.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
I didn't go to school one day because I had a huge cold sore that really hurt and was just plain nasty for me and everyone around me.
Kaori Kaori 9 years
'Kay. So I don't work so I'll relate this back to school. I skip a lot and whatever...but I've never missed a full day of school just because I didn't feel pretty or whatever. I might skip a class to wash my hair when I think it doesn't look it's best but no more than that. Honestly. I just take it like a man. No one really notices this kinda stuff anyways, I assume.
porkypocky porkypocky 9 years
you skip work or school because you don't feel pretty enough?? honey, please. i bet nobody's even looking. if i had a coworker that skipped work and i found out that was the reason, i would think they were really childish or had a bad case of the princess disease. even if you go to work on an ugly day, at least you're still getting paid...and seriously, unless you're a celeb, model, or porn star nobody is going to scrutinize your appearance that much.
chiquita29 chiquita29 9 years
No I wouldn't do that to my coworkers. I'm lucky if I call in sick when i'm really sick! I remember when I was a teenager though, I put a small band-aid over this monstrous pimple on my forehead. One of my male friends got all offended & asked me if he should cover his whole face since he had acne. Yeah, awkward. Anyway, that was the last time I whipped out a band-aid to cover a zit.
Hannah-123 Hannah-123 9 years
nop even if i did look really bad and did not want to go to school my dad would make me go anyway. so happy that its summer!!
Sugarblonde Sugarblonde 9 years
Nope - though I will admit when I've had an ugly pimple or something and it just won't cover up... I definitely don't want to go. I usually just grin & bear it :) Or part my hair to cover it!
fashion4ward fashion4ward 9 years
Nope. Just for mental health days.
Mintie Mintie 9 years
this is the most ridiculous question... but what's worse is that there are people who have done it.
cherrypie61 cherrypie61 9 years
I missed school because I had an alergy and my upper lips was so swollen :S
annaaaa annaaaa 9 years
i don't think i've ever skipped school because of a beauty related issue. i've been late A LOT, because it took a little longer than usually to do my hair or make-up or to choose clothes, but i haven't skipped a whole day.
emalove emalove 9 years
Not that I can recall...
lemuse20 lemuse20 9 years
I would definitely feel like it but nope, I would just not look in the mirror and avoid one all that day. Stuff happens, no point in stopping living life. The only unfortunate thing about that is if you're around people who carry their camera with them everywhere and just have to capture something about that day, ugh.
myladybloom myladybloom 9 years
I did miss class once because of something similar. Once, the hot water went out in our apartment. As a result, I couldn't take a shower that day. I need showers in the morning so that I can actually think (not to mention freshen myself up). As if that wasn't bad enough, there was a test that day too. Needless to say, I took that day off. Fortunately, I got to take the test another day.
rachi99 rachi99 9 years
I'm a teacher, so I feel like it would be unfair to the kids to not come in for something so trivial. It would also cost the district extra money in the form of sub pay. Maybe it's even a good lesson for the kids: sometimes you just gotta get up and go to work, no matter how you look. You can make a joke of the bad hair day, or you can just wear concealer over that zit...I'm not saying you don't need to make an effort, but unless your job performance and requirements are directly related to your physical appearance, then it's probably not necessary to stay home over it.
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