Prompt: Write about a phobia

Pores. I hate pores. They are vile and terrible. Some people are afraid of spiders, clowns, or falling; I am afraid of pores and other small clusters of holes.

It is called Trypophobia.

http://www.fearof.net/fear-of-holes-phobia-trypophobia/

Fearof.net describes it well and has a perfect example of a plant that makes me absolutely uneasy. There are many plants that bother me. Pomegranates are one of the worse, and removing seeds from cantaloupes are horrid. Blackhead clusters on people’s faces are repulsive. I do not mean to speak ill of anyone with facial problems, and I try not to wince when I encounter someone who has them.

It is unknown what causes this fear. Psychologists suggest that some deep rooted childhood event could be the source. Many are unaware they are even effected by trypophobia until they see a porous thing or cluster if holes and gasp at the terribleness. I have very vivid memories of a person’s face from when I was younger. Her blackheads were so bad, her cheeks were like strawberries; completely infested with vilness. I vowed to eat healthy, use natural cleansers, moisturize, and drink plenty of water to prevent that from ever happening to me. You can bet, I have no blackheads and rarely get zits. It took a long time for me to accept and understand that facial pores are part of my face, but I know the healthier my skin is, they will not be so prominent. Thank you make up for existing. At the same time, I am not sure that I can attribute her face to my fear or pores, because I am not sure why I was repulsed in the first place.

Does anyone else have an uncommon or seemingly irrational phobia? 

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