As a kid I used to love swimming until I became a teenager and started getting acne on my chest and back. As a result I became awful self conscious about my body and this has affected me to this day in most parts of my life including relationships. I haven't swam in around 15 years but this year I want to sort all that out and get back into it.
My question is do people judge other people's bodies when swimming? Do they care that they have ache or acne scars? I don't know how I'm going to work up the courage to take the plunge (excuse the pun). I'm a guy btw.
Also, I'm based in Dublin 15 and I'm wondering are there any quiet pools that would be suitable to ease me into it? I'm willing to pay high membership fees if it means quieter swimming pools.
Lastly, I have read that swimming can be good for acne. Is there much truth to this? I read the same about steam rooms and saunas.
All the above would apply to changing rooms too. Would people judge me? Would some smart arse pass a comment and shatter my confidence?
I hope I put this in the right forum. If not please let me know where the best place to get advice is.