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I have a baby face and look younger than I really am..I need tips on how to look older.

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Question - (4 January 2006) 88 Answers - (Newest, 30 July 2012)
A female United States, anonymous writes:

This may seem like a odd question so don't take it too seriously. I am almost 19 years old and I look as though I am 16. I have a "baby face", and it sucks. Of course, this attracts the wrong type of guy, sorry but 15 year olds aren't my type. Anyway, what can I do to make myself look older? Wear a lot more makeup? I feel like a such a loser asking this but I need some tips!

Thanks!

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A female reader, GothChik United States +, writes (30 July 2012):

same thing happens to me except i'm 14 but get mistakened for a 10 or even younger kid and i have a mom who takes advantage of the fact that i still can fit kids clothes she makes me wear light up sneakers and it is really embarassing to be in high school and nobody takes you seriously. i am 14 going to the tenth grade and i have always been in classes with seniors or juniors and i often get called cute and they treat me as if i'm a little kid sometimes. I am also a tutor for trigonometry and the seniors that i help always think its a joke when they first meet me. When my class goes on trips, the teacher always makes me the only one to have a partner. but if there's anything i've learned its never get angry and yell at people chances are they will either say you are cute thowing a tantrum or they will laugh at you even more

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A female reader, Athena - the goddess United States +, writes (22 March 2012):

I am 13 years old but look like i am 9 years old. i am short and if a pass by a 10 or 9 year old, people would think we are in the same grade.

I think it is a real pain when people say i look cute. I dont think any boy is interested in me in my school and it kinda sucks. And then people who look their age or WAY older have boys with their eyes popping out looking at them.

I wear uniform so i resort to rolling up my skirt, wearing long earings, and eye liner. It works miracles.

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A reader, anonymous, writes (8 October 2011):

i have the same problem i am 15 and some pepol tell me that i have baby face i hate them ,they dont understand us ,but when i have 40 i will look like 25-30 and i will get gririls in bed but is hard in tenergers years :(((

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A reader, anonymous, writes (29 August 2011):

i would recomend more professional clothing with less screen tshirts or anything teenage girls would wear!

also maybe more deeper colors like emerald and maroon and not girly nor too whimsical jewelry!

i also get the OMG i thought you were 16 when im 22! i've been reading these and was great to know other people have experienced some of the situations that sometimes make you feel like you never grew up.

In my first job after high school the manager asked me my first day if i was sure i didnt need to be anywhere else because she thought she had accidently scheduled me on a school day.

when i was in high school people thought i was older people thought i was the mother of my younger brother or one of the teacher how traumatizing! now they think i'm their little sister and they'rein high school!

i have had guys ask if i was in high school but then there are times when it just creeped me out that they would try to date a high schooler when i know i'm not. once at a job a guy told another college guy that they can't date girls like this anymore cause they are too young i was the only girl there and 20!

unless they also look younger than their age i was emabarrased. Looking Young Kick's Ass it has it's moments but it's great to be on the winning side!

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A male reader, anonymous, writes (20 November 2010):

I HATE how people just assume how old you are based on your looks, I mean I am 18 but everybody will say I look 13-15. For example, yesterday, I asked a girl out and she said " lol sorry, I don't date freshmen" so I responded with a "BITCH, I will kill you!" not really but you get the point. All I want is to be judged by my personality and not my looks.

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A reader, anonymous, writes (10 November 2010):

This is senoir year in high school for me and this girl told me I look like a freshman. When I was a freshman people thought I was in the fifth grade. When I was in the fifth grade people thought I was in the fifth grade. Trust me I have it good because I saw a freshman that looks like an eight year old I thought he was somebodys little brother I saw him after school he is like 4"8" 70 pounds tiny. I am 5"7" so I guess if you think that you have a baby face someone else has it worst.

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (7 November 2010):

I'm 29 working in a high tech, male dominated industry. I get told I look 5 - 10 years younger. Which can really suck.

When I was 26 I got carded for cough syrup and the clerk tried to rub my ID saying I looked 16. I had to stand at the counter coughing and sneezing for 10 minutes before she decided I was old enough to buy it. I was embarrassed because of the line forming behind me and the huge fuss the clerk was making.

When I was 27 I got carded when I went and got my ears pierced. I laughed and asked how old she thought I was. The lady looked really uncomfortable about guessing and I could see she was guessing high when she said 21. She was 25 and when she looked at my ID said "GOOD JOB!" Like I did something.

I got my tech job via a phone interview. My first day at work my boss finally asked me at lunch, "how old are you?" I told him I was 27 and I could see he was a little shocked. I turned around and asked him how old he was. I figured turn about was fair play. He wouldn't tell me. I found out later he was having a mid-life crisis at age 42.

But the worst is this guy at work that keeps telling people I'm 23. I have told him to stop and that I was nearly 30 but he keeps doing it. We don't get along and I know he does it just to discredit me. That pisses me off.

Normally, people either figure I'm only 3 - 5 years younger after they hear me talk. But I defiantly get discriminated against at work for the age I look.

Although when I was in high school people always thought I was older. When I was 16 people at restaurants would offer me the wine list or ask if I wanted to start with a cocktail. At age 16 people thought I was 25. When I hit 21 I started aging backwards. I don't know, maybe drinking makes me look younger.

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A reader, anonymous, writes (4 November 2010):

first of all,

you're a female, why are u worrying about baby faces? you should be embracing the fact that you have a younger face.

its understandable for guys, as we get judged by it, much more harshly than females.

so grow some hair in your vagina and deal with it.

i sorta have a baby face and have dealt with the consequences of having one but its only through perseverance and patience that will u get past all this crap.

Also though, iv found that constant exercise helps alot.

take it easy guys and girls,

all the best.

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A male reader, hihihihihi Angola +, writes (4 November 2010):

first of all,

you're a female, why are u worrying about baby faces? you should be embracing the fact that you have a younger face.

its understandable for guys, as we get judged by it, much more harshly than females.

so grow some hair in your vagina and deal with it.

i sorta have a baby face and have dealt with the consequences of having one but its only through perseverance and patience that will u get past all this crap.

Also though, iv found that constant exercise helps alot.

take it easy guys and girls,

all the best.

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A male reader, anonymous, writes (29 September 2010):

People say glasses make you look older. And maybe new hair? ;)

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A male reader, anonymous, writes (23 September 2010):

I have this problem, it is very fustrating. I am a 16 year old male from Scotland and im 17 in december.Im only 5'7 and often get mistaken for my age. Its when I have longer styish hair people think Im about 15, and have some hairs on my upper lip and chin. Although nobody has ever said I looked my normal age since about when I was 8 or 9. I have even been put of going to university because of this, thinking everyone will just stare at me and someone will say something that will embaress me like 'you look about 14' I also have booked a holiday with my friends next year when im 17 and become insecure thinking we wont get in to clubs and stuff because I look young and spoil it for them :( But quite recently some guy in a bar when i was out for dinner thought I was 15, and i do have facial hair coming through, so I hope by next july I have thick facial hair and a slim face that does not look like a baby face. Im in the last year of my high school and people think im only in my 2nd last year out of 6th years. My mum is 50 but looks about 35 and she looked very young when she was my age, although i've never seen my dad as he lives in spain but i've seen him in a picture when he was about 24 and he looks about 30. So I hope as I get older I take from my dads side (age-wise).

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A male reader, anonymous, writes (17 September 2010):

Choosing a "mature" hairstyle is very diificult for me. If my hair is too short or too long, people think I look younger, at 19. When I have medium length hair and my forehead is slightly covered, people assume I'm slightly older. Also, I look older when I shave. Having patchy facial hair looks juvenile.

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (15 September 2010):

I'm 44 and people said I look cute and asked how old I am. I felt so embarassing when I told them my age. One of my friends told me her real story about dating with a guy who's when she was early 20. The guy was 2 years older than her. He asked my friend out. They went to a park and the ticket officer ask the guy if he's buying a kid's pass! Imagine how embarrasing he was at that time. My friend shared with us her story and the guy had become her husband.

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (14 September 2010):

I completely understand! I am 22, and I still look like im 16 or 17! It can be really frustrating sometimes, and yes, I end up attracting the wrong type of guys as well.

The best thing to do is to embrace it. I don't suggest putting on a bunch of make-up. In some ways that can actually make you look younger, and it also makes you look a little insecure. Guys wanna see you have confidence, and that you can be secure with your natural beauty, not hide you face under however-many layers of make-up.

You're age and how you carry yourself helps more than you may be aware of. I had a guy at a previous job of mine come to me and say, "I'm trying to guess your age. You look about 18, but when I see the way you are, and listen to the way you talk, I would guess you're around 21-22". At the time I was only 20, but it made me feel good when he said that. Act your age. People will catch on. :)

The best way to get over your baby-face slump is to look at it like this, by the time your 30, you will still look like you in your 20's!!

You'll be happy you were blessed with a baby-face!

I hope that helps :)

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A male reader, anonymous, writes (14 September 2010):

I totally understand how you guys feel. Just today when I went to take a passport photo the owner of the store called me "little bro" in chinese which means I am young when I am in fact 32 years old. I still remember when I was 23, a graduate student in university, went to see a rated R movie the lady asked for my ID and I asked why she told me I look young. Sometimes it gets very frustrated and embarrassed.

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A male reader, tony R United States +, writes (13 September 2010):

Well I am 44 years old and people still think I am in my late teens early twenties. Some think I am in my late twenties. Young kids in their late teens ask me if I still live at home. They will ask me about current top 40 music, which people my age don't follow as much. I am almost 6 feet tall and male so it is all in the face. That is getting to be so weird. It is like time stopped for me when it turned 20. Through my thirties it wasn't so weird, but now it is. I have to tell myself every time I go into a store that people perceive my age totally different than I do. So it is funny to hear someone worry about being 19 and people think you are 16. Don't get me wrong, I doesn't bother me, it is just a strange situation.

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (29 August 2010):

Wow, don't be so negative everyone!

Do you remember the movie Boogie Nights, where Heather Graham played a 17 year old girl even though in reality she was 27?!! The only reason she was cast for that role was because of her very youthful features....and I know a lot of guys who think she is absolutely stunning (and sexy..ect)

She pulls off sexy really well...if you need some tips check her out in that Austin Powers movie...and even now that she's 40 she could pass for 20. Who wouldn't want that??

The downside is that she probably gets told she's adorable all the time from men and women and probably isn't cast for very serious Oscar possible roles often...

In my experience people take me a lot more seriously in the workplace when I wear a simple ponytail, thick glasses and little makeup and a somewhat dowdy look. It's sort of a costume, bring on the teased hair and spiked heels when you go out clubbing, but it saves you the "Hey kid" or "Aww...you're so cute" at 26 (although, as I get older I'm learning to relish those comments ;)

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A male reader, anonymous, writes (25 August 2010):

Hey, I am almost 38 but most normally think i am in my 20s. I have to present ID to get into clubs like I might not be old enough to drink, lol. But the most amusing part is when teenage girls check me out, now that makes me laugh; I gather they think I might be somewhere close age group. But the best part is when someone who thinks u are still a kid hears you discussing a serious subject with some depth for the first time, the amazement is almost palpable. Part of the appeal Obama had as a candidate was his youthful good looks. In my opinion it is an advantage, you should be happy about your babyface.

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (22 August 2010):

i have the same problem i'm 14 and people think i'm 8! And when i like a guy he always goes for my older looking friends how annoying! but i just think when i'm like 40 i will look younger so it cheers me up. baby face's are amazing :) woop!!

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A male reader, amigo United States +, writes (22 August 2010):

I am 16, 5 foot 7 and 130 pounds. People think I am 11 as they say a baby I have a baby face and having one sucks. I was pissed when people made a big deal about it at a church it was embarrasing. I went to six flags and sat next to a woman on a ride who clearly thought I was ten when I was 15 and she kept asking if I was ok. I hate it when I have to introduce my self in diffrent places because when I say that I am a high school senoir they flp out and it is annoying as hell. Nobody takes me seriosly and my dad keeps trying to tell me what to do when I am about to graduate and make my own decisions. When I go to get my haircut they always ask were my parents are. It is not a blessing but a curse

Guess what some girls I cannot go out with cause they think that I am ten so it is embarrising when I tell them that I am about to graduate from high school. Can you amagine a girl that thinks u are somebodys little brother and u are her age but she doesnt no and finds out it is ackward trust me.

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A female reader, Jenaleighx0x0 United States +, writes (28 June 2010):

Okioki , if you have a round face then u should put your hair up it'll excentuate your cheekbones and make your face look thinner and more mature. You can also take bronzed and swipe it lightly under your cheekbones so make your face thinner :) hope I helped ! 33

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (22 May 2010):

I have the same problem too!

I'm Vietnamese, 18 years old and 4 feet 11 so I'm short. Everyone thinks Im 14 years old and when I go downtown on errands by myself, ppl look at me like I'm a joke, like what is this kid doing here.

I had a job before and I was the youngest looking person at my job. I get weird stares and "shouldn't you be in school?" or "do you have ID?" remarks all the time.

I tried changing my make up, hair, and clothes but I still look young. Guys my age barely notice me but the 14-15 year olds do. It does get annoying and stressful when u have a babyface. im trying my best to get on with it and deal with it. i just think about how when im 50, ill be grateful for my babyface.

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A reader, anonymous, writes (13 May 2010):

i have had the problem of looking younger since i was 16 and i will be 23 in 15 days. i probably look like im about 15 in a lot of peoples eyes. and yes, i do have a baby face. i own a restaurant that i work at sometime times and i can tell that a lot of people are thinking im just some kid who just started working there just because i look younger. just like so many guys on here have stated it dose tear you up inside and it dose make you act shy around new people. i just stopped letting it get to me.

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (21 April 2010):

I have the same problem. I am a 15 year old bout to be 16 yet i look like my sister who is two years younger than me! I am 5"1(in other words im short) and along with this height my baby face does nothin fer me!!!

Anyways I found out that by cutting your hair differently can change your over-all appearance. For example: I had super long hair when I was like 13? and got it cut to where it barely touched my shoulders, and people started to say that I looked much more mature than I had looked with long hair. Make-up is also key in lookng older/younger for us girls but you must know how much is too much or too little. Everyone is different so hairstyles and the amount of make-up can vary according to you and your style. So you can just look around in some magazines to find a mature-ish style and just try it out, it just might help.

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A male reader, anonymous, writes (18 April 2010):

same here, i am sixteen, almost seventeen years old, almost six feet tall, and i weigh about 150 lbs. i would say i'm pretty muscular. still people see me as a skinny guy, about 14 years old. due to my 'intelligence' i have always been in a class with people who are 2 years older than me, so the girls in my class thought they had to call me 'adorable' and treat me like a friggin' puppy. this did not boost my self-esteem. but i guess in the end your self-esteem is what you make it yourself. i like working out and this will make me bigger, if i act confident, and when i AM confident, they have got nothing on me. peace. strangely enough i came to this forum to complain, but i guess i should be thankful and stuff.

p.s. excuse me for my language, i am not a native speaker, and furthermore, i may have sounded like douchebag

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (10 April 2010):

I have the same problem I am 21 years old and everywhere I go 17 year old guys hit on me I mean don"t get me wrong it's a nice compliment and all but but arent my type either and I would just love it if regular guys my age would notice me but they don't even look my way I am trying to do the same thing you are right now.

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A male reader, anonymous, writes (6 April 2010):

I'm going to be 17 soon and I have a babyface. It kind of sucks when people think my younger brother is older than me...Or when I go to a restaurant and the waitress asks if I want the kids menu. But hey, it is what it is.

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (5 April 2010):

Beautiful baby faces....lets stop complaining about looking younger and lets be glad and thankful! Its much better looking younger than we really are than be 19 and look 29...dont you think?

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A male reader, anonymous, writes (2 April 2010):

hi, i'm 27 with my 5ft10in height and slim body i'm looking in 16-20 y.o. range (max 21). what can i say, in general i pretty blessed by it, but sometime it brings some problems.

bad things: 1) you have to always carry ID. and even so, some people thinks it is fake. 2) "OMG!", "you kidding?" and "serious?" situations. It takes more attention than actually it is deserve. 3) less respect in first seconds. i've got a master's degree and working in intellectual sphere. i have to be little bit arrogant in first seconds to switch people from "hey kid" to right constructive talk. some time it is really pissed me off.

good things:

i'm social person, i like meeting new people, night clubs, blind dates and etc. my baby-face with three-day stubble makes me looking like a model. many girls find it attractive, and i get attention from them. yeah, when they asking about my age we're back again to bad things such "OMG!" and "serious?", BUT in finally younger look is an extra plus, for sure ;) some time on these questions i answer "i'm twentysomething and can buy a drink that's only one thing you need to know". or i say my age, they think i'm kidding, and everyone take it like a joke. they probably think i am college student who wants looks older. honestly i don't care about their thoughts so much. i'm just having fun and relax. now it is ok when thirtysomething women hanging out with younger guys, so again i don't see the big deal in younger look. you can dating with women of your age or older if you want.

actually sometime you can just let people consider you younger. seriously what's you loosing? you can even make a fun of it. even playing a role. just an example door-to-door sales. SALESPERSON: "I know what you need, a new encyclopedia..." YOU: "oh sorry, parents not at home" :))) or if you did some mistake, or need some help you could not be ashamed because of you are the mature person. let people think you are did it because you are young.

personally i think we're who have younger look have the best from both worlds. we have some wise, we have stable life position, some intellectuality which come from our late 20s and 30s, and in the same time we looking like 20s, which associated with youth, energy and etc.

i've got an idea guys, may be we should create something kind a dating agency for people who looks younger than they actually are :) in our society we'd never have problems with all these stupid questions and stupid reactions. situation: two "teenagers" are flirting.

person 1: "how old are you?"

person 2: "35, you?"

person 1: "30"

person 2: "cool"

people around confused :)))

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (23 March 2010):

wow i know how you feel i got my hair done yesterday and the nanny brought my one year old in (i'm 21) the hair stylist was amazed and said your older than me she was 19, then proceeded to tell me she thought i was 14,.

I just hate that very few people at first will take me seriously.

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A male reader, anonymous, writes (19 March 2010):

I was in a line in a fastfood joint once with a dozen of these 15 year old very loud foreign girls. One of them started talking with me and asking stuff, when she finally asked for my age I lied I was 17, even though I was 22 at the time.I wanted to avoid the possible, OMG! reaction from these dozen girls.. Well after I told I was 17 she looked at me and said really? you look younger. Another dagger for my selfesteem but I have to say I was pretty pleased I didn't tell the truth.

I was about 21 when I went pick up food from a restaurant and payed with a big bill. The woman took my money and started shaking his head about how young boy like me was carrying this much money at this late. Like 9-10 at night. In a VERY safe town.

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A female reader, cathychan556 United States +, writes (11 March 2010):

I have the same problem, people are always telling me that i dont look 18 (almost 19), that I look like im 15. I laugh it off but in my head im only thinking "Thanks, asshole.".

It bothers me that people don't understand that it's something that i'm so insecure about. If someone is fat or has bad skin then you wouldn't say something to bring them down about it, and you definitely wouldn't make up little nicknames for them about it, but I get all sorts of comments for looking young. It especially bothers me that my friends think it's funny to talk about it or when people say something right in my face like "o my goooood you look so young!"! Could you imagine someone saying "o my gooood you're so flat chested!" or "whoa, you are fat!"? No, because those are really mean things to say. To me though, saying that i look young is the same thing.

I have not had great success with sarcasm lol.

I think it will be easier when we r older, but right now it's hard to accept because of the social pressure. Right now it is difficult for me to see the girls who have nice bodies and receive so many benefits just for that.

I hope someday I will feel a lot better about how I look, but when someone comments, or makes a little joke at my expense about my age, it really makes me lose confidence in all of my looks.

thanks for listening :)

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A male reader, anonymous, writes (26 February 2010):

Im 30 and look 19/20 im mixed race and not a bad looking guy but its hard, demoralising at times. Im sure there are people who can relate to the "guess his age" pointing game. Its hard on every level, people your own age dont take u seriously, younger people expect you to look and act a certain way at 30, but you look so young and because of this you'v built up a self esteem issue, so not only do you look young but you are shy. You get no respect, you dont get listened to. People are almost weirded out by it and so u then become isolated and it becomes even harder to make friends because this barrier that they cant get over is in the way. Im struggling on which direction to take. Anti depressants is an option. It may help the crippling shyness due to how young i look. Its hard knowing what to do next!! I just needed to vent, hope i didnt depress to many people lol

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (25 February 2010):

Hey there, be glad that you actually look 16! I am 22 and people think I am 12-13. The mzximum I can pass off at is 15(if I'm lucky). It used to bother me A LOT and I mean A LOT. I remember going to clubbing with my friends who are the same age as me, the guy was like no bringing little sisters along then laughed. Once I showed him my ID he was in shock and went like 'holy shit I thought you are in primary school'. Everytime I dress more 'maturely' i get told by strangers like you should dress your age!O yeah there was this other time when I was in Uni I didn't have any lessons so I went to get something to eat, the worker was like 'where are your parents?'

Well enought with the ranting, it's time for some positive energy. One day I just suddenly realise things aren't going to change so I may as well live with it and make the best out of it. Now I am working people still say I look young but to be honest at a certain age you just have to learn to not think about these minor problems, and think about the bigger issues in life e.g. bills and work.

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A male reader, anonymous, writes (22 February 2010):

for male readers:

Get a haircut matching your head shape and size

Grow a facial hair

Wear cloths which suits you. dont wear jeans if your short and stuff like that.

Get a mature voice

I had problems like everyone else but trying the above helped, but some do think im 24, while im 28

but i can live with it.

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (17 February 2010):

I will be 18 in a few months and I look 14ish. Being 5'1 and having "doll-like" feature adds to my young appearance. As a senior in HS, alot of people think I'm one of the freshman. I'll admit, it gets VERY annoying, but I try to use it to my advantage. Guys ALWAYS feel more "manly" around me because they are so much bigger in stature. And when people do the whole, "Omgsh but you look so young and tiny" play it off with confidence. If you're like "AGHHH noooo I'm 17!" it just makes you look even younger. I usually say, "It's okay, I get that alot" and laugh. If you appear confident, you appear older in my opinion. DO NOT try to cake your face with makeup or wear slutty clothes to make you appear older. "It makes you look like you're playing dress up and super desperate.And using teenaged slang words and saying "Omg like it was so like omg" doesn't help either. In short, everyone dislikes something about themselves. But we are who we are, so don't dwell on it!!

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A male reader, anonymous, writes (9 February 2010):

What's wrong with you people?! There is so much pessimism going around. Many male models have baby faces.

My advice to the younger men is to dress well, wear tailored clothes, choose a hairstyle that's right for your face and shape of your head, and act confident. No woman likes insecurity, but they can spot it from a mile away.

Some women like older looking guys, but it's because they are looking for men with a similar face. That's just evolutionary psychology. Girls with baby faces are usually more attracted to guys with baby faces.

I'm 23 and have a baby face, and I get a lot of compliments for my looks. It's harder to gain respect when you look younger; however, it will make all the difference once you realize you have good ideas and should be treated with dignity.

Plus, your youthful appearance will shape itself out once you get older.

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (4 February 2010):

i acctualy thought i was the only persn that hates looknyoung because all my friends say im stupid and should be glad that i will look young when im old but yes that would be nice but i would chooseto look my age anyday! i went in the shop to get some booze the other day andthe shop assistant acctualy laughted and said you must be joking (im 18 btw) people say its stupid to complain about it but they dont understand the embarasment of it. the lads that i meet all thing im younger that i am so there ithe not intersted or they wantde a younger girl. i have tried everything with hair, make up and cloths to look older and nothing works!

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A male reader, anonymous, writes (1 February 2010):

I am 26 years old and very confident. But people are so self conscience around me I think Its a bad thing. I get extra bullshit from customers at my job because they think i just started working there. I try not to make much of it, but When i get called 17, i really feel like saying you wouldn't like it if i i had sex with your 17year old sister. So dont call me 17. I know, its harsh. but what kind of sense of age are people following? .. Im 26 and I look 26! any advice from anyone?

Is withholding my anger a good thing?

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A female reader, Not My Name Australia +, writes (31 January 2010):

Not My Name agony auntI cop this a bit too, ...a lot in prior years, tho not so often I am now closer to 40 than 30 lol, ... but it really has never bothered me coz I always assumed when I hit 40 I'd be happy I looked 20 something.

As mentioned, it is not so frequent now geting asked for ID and such, ...but a funny one was sitting outside the shop (that I really am big enough to actually own lol) a bit before X mas and having a lady walk past and ask, "are the owners giving you some work experience here on your school holidays?". I cracked up laughing whilst telling her that I WAS the owner and had'nt been to school since leaving Uni 15 years ago. She was embarrased and apologized, but I told her not to worry about it and such flattery will get one everywhere including a discount next time she came in. :-)

Seriously, the tables turn in your favour when you start hitting middle aged and you'll be glad that people 10 years younger look older than you.

As for suggestions given to look older, ... admittedly I do have long hair (2/3rd down my back) but if I pull it back off my face (so it looks short from front on) I actually look even younger, so be careful about going for the chop.

I would not suggest slapping 'more' make up on, ..a natural look always goes better imo at any age, ..but maybe you could visit a good beautician who could assist you in tips and shades etc to help you keep make up minimal but still with a more mature look to it.

Otherwise, hmm, maybe take up excessive sunbaking if you want to age yourself prematurely - tho I would not reccomend the 'weather beaten hag' as a desirable look to risk your health to obtain.

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (31 January 2010):

I have the same problem and honestly I hate it. Kid discounts are great but being told I'm not anyones type because I look so young has left me lonley. Anyway hair styles can play a big part with how old you look. Your still young and looking 2 years or so younger isn't bad, try lookong 10 at 20 lol

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A male reader, anonymous, writes (30 January 2010):

''Asian looking'' guys are Chinese and karate experts.

All ''Black looking'' guys get women because they have a 12 inch penis.

All ''Latino looking'' people know how to dance.

All ''white looking'' people have money.

A ''Younger looking'' person is less experienced and too immature then the older recipient.

If i offended anyone, it was not my intention and i want to apologize now. You can see that we have alot of work to do as far as people. We need to give each other the chance to do something different.

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A male reader, anonymous, writes (30 January 2010):

Makes you feel like you're Benjamin Button. IM 23 And for those who think its great to look young its not great when you finally look about early 30's and you're really in your late 50's with bad bones and erectile dysfunction. makes me sick some older people dont know how good they got it and are just lame.

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A male reader, jobin227 United States +, writes (27 January 2010):

I am a male 20 year old and go to college while struggling with this daily. I'm 5'9'' and 140 lbs and I am often mistaken for being much younger than I am. The majority of people cannot understand the struggle that I, as well as many others like me go through. Others my age look their age but I have been told I look like a twelve year old. I know people say to be thankful for the cards your dealt but it is hard when nobody respects you, acknowledges you, values your opinion, and girls(even those who look much younger than they are) are only interested in older-looking guys. This world we live in is so vain and judgemental and frankly some days I feel hopeless of ever living a somewhat fulfilling life. I work out daily and dress well, yet I have found this still does not help when my body and my face look like a 15 year olds. I feel for all you guys in a similar position it can be tough. Thanks for reading it helps to get this off your chest!!

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (18 November 2009):

I have exactly the same problem! I've just turned 18, and I recently passed as 12 at a fireworks display. I get ID'd when I see a 15 film in the cinema, and dont even want to try an 18!

I have a really bad case of a 'BABY FACE!' and most people think i'm around 12 years old! To make it worse i' also very short (5ft!)

I neeeeeed advice!!!!

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (14 November 2009):

Hello !

I have the same problem as you. I am turning 17 in some days, and my height is 5´2´´ and slim. I have a baby face that I really like but those last days made me think about it. " I can't shout at you because you have a baby face" told me my teacher. Well, that would be positive XD but I really want people to take me seriously.

I am sitting exams in my country this year and I want to be a lawyer... Imagine a petite female lawyer!

My sister who is 2 years younger than me looks older, most of my friends look the way their age is. Most peole think that I am doll, a girl of about 13-14. And no breasts !

I am turning into an adult trapped in a kid's body.

Not to mention the boys my age who can't look at me as a woman.

On the other hand so many people try to look younger. Youth means beauty, energy.. We are given some characteristics for some reason. Being petite doesn't mean being shy, or stupid. Search for powrful petite looking women. Madonna for example rocked the world.

We are cute and we like it!!!!

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A female reader, dearl Kenya +, writes (4 November 2009):

i defintely feel you...and please dont tell me i'll be grateful at 50plus..I'll be old and all the fun will be over..so who'll care about freasking you at clubs??

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A female reader, kitty_3 United States +, writes (1 November 2009):

kitty_3 agony auntdon't worry! i'm applying to college right now and someone at a party yesterday asked me if i was in sixth grade. i'm sure we'll both appreciate looking younger as we age! :)

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (26 August 2009):

I'm a 29 year old female. Married, house, cars, kids but yet people constently tell me I took like a teenager. My husband has been told by multiple people that they thought I was his daughter. How embarassing! I try to ignore it, but it's hard when you tell someone your actual age and they laugh so loud and say "that theres no way your that old I thought you were only 16." Why would a 29 year old want to be told there a teenager?

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (17 August 2009):

I know how you feel, I'm 27 years old, 4'11" and have a round face. Although I have a very womanly body (ie big chest, small waist, and hips) I only weigh 100 lbs soaking wet. I googled this subject b/c I actually got PATTED ON THE HEAD by a saleswoman today while shopping with my mother. I turned to her and said "Did you really just pat a 27 year old woman's head who has a mortgage on her second home with her husband of four years and two cars that we have already paid off? REALLY?" She kept saying "I'm sorry" and ofcourse I got the whole "You'll love it when you're my age", but that doesn't make you feel any better about yourself. I just tried to use my humor with idiots like this, make them feel just as bad as you do. I like to use sarcasm, b/c well, it's the only defense that I have. Also a shorter stylish hair-do is probably your best weapon.

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (9 August 2009):

I turn 34 next week. I am 5 ft 2 in, female, with long brown hair and thin. However, I still get the guy trying to sell me something at the front door and asks if "my mother is home." This happened just yesterday and the guy said, "Sorry you look like you are 13." But, it is fun to come up with funny comments, like "Gee I don't know, why don't you go find out at her house."

Yes, I have even gotten carded buying cooking wine, wearing my wedding ring, and pregnant!!! I mean I am just staring at the lady saying "Seriously!"

When I was dating my husband in my first year in college, it was cold out and I grabbed my old letter jacket from high school to go to the bookstore. He is 5 years older and has always looked 5 years older than that. Well, after that trip I was forbidden to go out in that jacket ever again. He got horrible stares like he was a dirty old man!

When I was pregnant with my first child 12 years ago I was afraid to leave the house without my wedding ring, because of the incredibly dirty looks I got and people thinking I was a teenager.

However, as my birthday approaches next week and I approach my mid-thirties, it is finally getting to the point where I can appreciate it. I look very different from the other Moms and having 20 something guys look at me isn't a bad thing at my age.

I can go to the swimming pool and not feel embarrassed.

My husband who always looked older and could not get carded at 16, well he is in major regret over his lost youthful looks. Where before he could have the attention of any girl he wanted on a college campus, they now wonder if he is a visiting professor.

So, for those baby faces out there, find the humor in it right now and enjoy the benefits later! I mean really would you rather be the old leathery wrinkled hag that looks 10 years older than they are later? Just think you won't likely have to pay lots of money for plastic surgery to get what you already have;)

Oh and for the ladies out there a lot of time more height helps, ie heels, if you are short. Go to a makeup artist and ask for help ie you don't want to wear your makeup like a teenager. It isn't about more, it is about what you do with it. The right hair color can help too. For men a little facial hair can help, depending on how well it comes in.

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (3 August 2009):

Hi, I have the same thing, I am 28, almost 29 and when I tell people how old I am they are shocked, to a point when they gasp. I have even had one person laugh and say "Yeah right" I get told I am 15/16, no one thinks I am over the age of 18, despite being 10 years older.

At work I get over looked and everyone around me is 20 -25 and the one's in their late 20's are all high up in the company.

I get chatted up by 16 year olds in the street as they think I am pretty girl their age and no man in his 20's/30's chat me up (despite the fact I am not unattractive) because I look so young, you would never asume I was in my late 20's.

Despite all of this I have learnt to accpet it, I wear nice makeup and clothes and what more can I do. I am hoping to become a secondary school teacher next year and I am going to look the same as the students and probably will get no respect because of it... BUT bright side when I am 50 I will look 30!

By the way, does anyone know if there is a support group for people who look younger, should we start one?

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A male reader, anonymous, writes (25 July 2009):

Hi

I am on the same boat as you guys. i am a male soon to be 27, an engineer, engaged and will be married next year hopefully. The last time i was carded was when i was doing my alumni card at my university. the lady there just couldnt believe that i was a graduate let alone engaged... it was really humiliating...i also got carded once when i was attending a meeting in a foreign country, the guy didnt believe i was an engineer going to an all senior meeting, that was the most annoying experience yet... anyway, i learned to get over it slowly. dont struggle with it, it will get worse, just accept it and move on... the rude people that will treat you with disrespect wil probably disrespec you even if you look older so dont bother with them... hang on there guys, we will get our revenge in teh future

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (24 July 2009):

It's also about the way you hold yourself. When you act like you've seen it all, you look older than you are

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (22 July 2009):

I have that problem too! Yes, its important not to worry about your appearence, but it gets annoying when waitresses ask if you want the kids menu and random strangers call you 'sweetie' in a patronising way! Countless times whenever I complain about this I get the "oh don't worry, you'll be thankful for it when your 40" well yes, but that doesn't solve the problem present!

Anyway, avoid wearing lots of make-up, as that just makes you look even younger! Avoid bright colours and find colours and clothes that suit you. Trying hard to look older is just going to make you look younger, and its not a hot look. Just be subtle and keep things like fingernails, toenails and hair clean!

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (22 July 2009):

I have the same problem too! I'm 15 years old and people think i'm 12 or 13. It probably doesn't help that I'm short and have no boobs! But I think on the positive side that when I hit 30+ years old, it will all pay off!

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A female reader, Monica3 United States +, writes (17 July 2009):

I'm 26 and have a babyface, people assume that I'm still in highschool or college somewhere between 15 - 19 (it varies) , I mean it's good at times to look so young , young equals beauty,but it gets annoying when ppl don't take you seriuosly.

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A reader, anonymous, writes (20 May 2009):

I have the very same problem as you, and many others as it seems...I'm fed-up with it. I'm 23 and look pretty young high school age maybe college age. I get ID for most things too.

Even my younger sister looks older than her age and some people think we're one or two years appart but, thats not the case. Today, I had several different people asking how old I am, I hate saying. I've had people assume I'm in high school/college and ask where and which one I'm at. I hope when I'm even older I keep that 'youthful' appearnce though.

However, it doesn't help me on the dating front either, attracting younger guys which isn't my thing. I want a man not a boy!!!

I don't wear much make-up really, I really don't think that caking it on is at all nice and would just make one look like a young girl trying to look older, agreed with the more sophisticated make-up application but, perhaps for the evening?... hair style also is important although, I myself have very long straight natural colour hair which, possibly contributes too looking younger I guess. Nails another important aspect too. I hope some of that helps.

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A reader, anonymous, writes (11 May 2009):

I thought I was the only one with this problem. I am 19 1/2 yrs old and people think i am around 12-13. Some even ask me if I am in 5th or 6 th grade. this is because i m really petite - around 5ft tall with a baby face. Its the most irritating thing. There is not even a single person who has not commented about the way I look.

Almost all my friends look their age and when i go out with them its very embarassing. I get teased alot & this really depresses me..But somehow atleast now I have accepted the way I am....

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (1 December 2008):

I have the same problem...but looking younger isn't necessarily a bad thing. You'd be surpised...alot of guys like "youthful" looking girls. But you are right...attracting 16 yrs isn't really your goal lol. Umm more make-up I guess could help, but it's not so much about quanity as it is about quality. Instead of wearing more make-up just wear a more mature style. Go for darker shades and maybe thicker lashes. Stay away from bright colors like pink or blue eye-shadows and don't wear to much blush or else you get a doll-like appearance. Stick with sultry(sp?) and dark colors. (not to dark) Use more shading to accent your eyes to looking more smoky/cat like I guess to make your eyes have a curved look. It also helps if you dress with more mature patterns and style your hair a certain way...like pony tails and shirley temple curls probably don't help but Jennifer Aniston's pin straight hair or Posh Spice's short curvey cut are more mature looking styles that can help make your face look older or more mature. Work it girl!

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A reader, anonymous, writes (24 November 2008):

I am writing to sympathise with you!!!

I am 18 and a half, about 5'1, and just yesterday my family got stopped by a cop cuz I was not wearing a seat belt. So, the cop started writing out the citation to my dad, and when I said Im 18, he asked me like 3 more times,and after being reassured, he gave me the ticket.The cop said that next time he's gonna ask for ID right away,cuz like he said, I looked 14-16.And that was at night!

EEEEWWWW, I so hate it when a guy of the wrong age group is attracted to you! Like, 15 y.olds would always do that!Im almost 19!I cud totally date a 23 y.old!

Ppl who look their age, and think they're making a compliment by saying how "cute" and "sweet" you are, are really INSULTING you!!!

Or when they say, "oh, its ok, cuz when you're 40 you'll look 30". No! I wanna look my age now! Or older!

Its humiliating being a short babyface 19 y.old, standing next to a tall 16 year old who looks 20!!!!!

I wear grown up loking clothes, professional, sharp angles and shoulders, stick to solid dark colors, grown up shoes(no sneakers),makeup with dark shadows. BUT still, no help whatsoever!

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A male reader, 24yeahright New Zealand +, writes (7 November 2008):

I'm 24, people still think I'm 15. lol.

At this stage I'm over it. But I've never had a real girlfriend (only had minimal experience with my younger sisters friend) and I don't have a social life.

Ideally, I would like to meet a girl around my age who also looks quite young. But this is a problem, because girls in my situation arent looking for guys like me.

It amazes me, the hypocricy. On the one hand you girls complain about looking so young, but then on the other you refuse to even consider anyone who is young or looks young as a partner.

I say I'm over it, but really I'm fed up.

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (12 August 2008):

Haha its kinda funny u consider this a "problem" :D I hav a baby-babyface I'm 16 and when I went to register for highschool some lady said excuse me ummm 5-6 grade registration is in the other building I said kindly I'm registering for my 2nd year in highschool thank you and she was all oh my apologies yung lady u looked 11... I just lafed its no biggie I'm 5'1 and ahalf and look 11 eh ill live :]

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A reader, anonymous, writes (11 August 2008):

I'm a guy who is dating a girl that explained to me it really bugs her that she looks too young. We are in our mid 20's and if we go out on the town, she gets ID'd multiple times a night, no matter where we go.

In case my opinion can make any girl out there feel better here it is: that it is actually one of the things I find most attractive about my girlfriend is her baby face, so like - don't sweat it if this is a "problem" for you.

The most important thing is to be comfortable in your own skin. People are gonna say things. Expect them to. Most of the time people are mentioning it because they are too uncreative to say anything except the most obvious thing that they see. Just be prepared. Know what you are gonna have to get IDed everywhere. She has this real cool "quickdraw" case for her ID.

And think of a couple funny things to say back to people whenever they try and bring up you looking young.

That's one of the things that attracted me to my girlfriend too. I teased her a little bit about looking so young when I first met her (not knowing at the time it was such a big deal to her) and the way she handled it was by saying the most hilarious things back to me as a response. She literally had so much to say back to me and had me cracking up. Think of like that scene from "Nutty Professor" where eddy murphy just rips apart dave chapelle. It was like that.

The best thing about your situation is that people can only say a limited number of things about your baby face... and you've probably heard them all.

So think of something really funny or creative to say back, and then the next time someone tries to bring up the situation, you look like a witty genius for having the coolest responses all night.

Then you can't wait until someone says something about your baby face, because they have fallen right into your trap, and it's a chance to show them how cool you really are.

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (30 July 2008):

We all have the same problem. I'm 18 years old and everyone around me thinks that i'm only 12 years old. They're always telling me to stop acting like 18 but in reality i'm 18! Yesterday my friends and i went to the mall to watch a movie, the security asks for my parents because the movie was R18. I gave them my ID then the guard said "i'm very sorry, i thought you're only 12!" It was so wierd if i'll always bring IDs just to prove my age! what should i do? :'( and i read so many articles about "baby faces" specially asians. But i hate it when people treat me like a child!

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (29 July 2008):

I have the exact same problem, and find it very difficult to deal with. I'm 17 years old, 4ft 11in, and very petite. When I'm at home with my family, it never bothers me. But get me out in public and I get very defensive. I mean, I find it difficult just to go shopping by myself because I feel like everyone's staring at me! Just today, a UPS woman came to the house and asked, "Is there a grown-up home?"

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (28 July 2008):

i feel your pian i have the same problem. im a 15 year old gurl. and some people think i look 12. {even thou i do have boobs} but im really short to.

you might juss want to try and dressing older.

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A male reader, anonymous, writes (23 July 2008):

Hello, im a 17 year old guy with - surprise surprise - a babyface. And tops I look about 14.

I've read a lot of your comments which try to compliment babyfaces saying it's "good to look young" and its "cute", but unless you can fully experience it for yourselves those comments are worth sh*t.

It's more than just the way you look, it destroys self confidence, and in this vain world most people will judge you on your appearance no matter what your personality or morals are.

Personally i feel alienated from my age group in High school, because i look younger than all of them they dont take me seriously, and their respect for me just doesnt exist. When i talk to adults i feel intimidated like im being treated as a child. From this my confidence in meeting people and socialising has plumeted, i do have friends, but recently iv hit an all time low.

Because of the fact i look like an early teen i cant go out anywhere without the worry of being rejected cos of ID etc, but most people in my year dont have this problem. I feel left behind physically and therefore my emotionally. I am tall, and relatively slim, and i sound old enough as well - its just my face.

In 1 more year uni awaits, but right now im dreading it more than anything. All the going out to nightclubs and meeting new people etc.

Yes its all good to accept yourself and act like who you are, but i have been doing that all my life and it hasnt gotten me far. Quote from above: "people might look thier age but act as idiots!"I would rather be one of them right now, cos truthfully, its too depressing to accept my babyface.

Thanks for reading x

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A female reader, sammypooh2000 United States +, writes (20 July 2008):

sammypooh2000 agony auntWell I am in the same basket as you.I am 26 years old and everyone thinks that I am only 18 or 19 years old.I hate because I have two kids and I am married and I am right were I should be for my age,But when they find out that I have two kids:people always say you must have got started young.Well I just want to get the respect that an adult gets.I also dont understand why the world is always wanting to look younger,but when you do you get crap for it.

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (23 May 2008):

I completely commiserate with you. I am a 36 year old female who constantly gets approached by either 16 year old boys or 80 year old men looking for someone to cook and clean for them. Although this tends to be annoying, the worst part is not being taken seriously at the workplace for promotions. Three years ago, at a job interview, my boss told me, "You seem so mature." Well, for 33, I would hope so! I've even gone to the extent of wearing my "90" graduation charm for people to do the math before they say something ignorant.

I’ve worked hard to survive up to this age; I'd like to be treated as such. I have no intention of covering the few gray hairs I have, hoping it will help.

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (22 May 2008):

I know exactly how you feel! Im only 4'10 , I'm 19 years old and people still think I'm about 14. Im a college student and people still think im in middle school. It does help to wear clothes a little older than your age and high heels. ALso getting a different hair cut such as side bangs, layers and highlights. It does get me angry when people ask my age and then their like omg i can't believe. Its good in the way that people usually think your cute. And what i hate MOST is when people are like you'll love it when your older because you'll look so much younger. But seriously when im in like my 60's or w/e i dont care if i look old. I mean im sure id be married by then anyways.

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (5 May 2008):

So who cares what people think about you! Right? I mean ignore all of those beauty magazines who say who you should be. Time is the answer to looking older. Just ask your grandma and she will tell you that it just comes. Ya there is nothing wrong w/dressing older, wearing a little makeup but be who YOU ARE. Just dont let people tear u down because u are young, enjoy it ok??

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A male reader, anonymous, writes (4 May 2008):

Look girl, I am a guy and I suffered all my life for having a baby face. I am now 31 and even yesterday, a girl told someone that I looked 18! That is 13 years younger that I really am. I still remember when I was 12 and some fu**ing ignorant clerk thought I was a little girl. I can tell you that it was a punch to my manhood at that time. I could never go to a bar until I was 18 because I was always kick out. I am 31 and I suffer daily from it. I always tell people that I am 25 and they even find tell me that I don't look my age. I am beardless and even if I would like to grow a beard, it would not grow even. I always get fu**ing mad when people tell me that I look younger than I am so that at a point that I have to hold myself because I would end up in jail. I am just sick of this superficial world we live in. Anyway, I have no tips to give you. It is easier to look older when you a a women than when you are a man with all then makeup you can put in your face. It is a daily battle and sometimes I could beat every fu**ing people that judge me by my appearance. I look young, so when I get a job, even if I have 8 years of experience in my field of work, they give me entry level salaries. I say fu*k to all the psychologist and researchers that think that if is an advantage having a baby face.

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (27 April 2008):

gosh, i feel you there. even though i can't really help [i'm still trying to find this answer for myself too], i can still sympathize. i'm turning 18 and people think i'm 14... i don't know if it's my face shape which is an odd mix between oval and round or if it's my really petite size. i know that i hate it and sometimes i want to cry when people tell me i look like a freshman in high school. i'm at a loss, but i want you to know that i know what you're going through.

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A male reader, anonymous, writes (16 October 2007):

Hi i am 13 and my freinds make fun of me because i have a baby face. I need to knowif i will lose this face or have it for the rest of my life. I just need to know how to get rid of it.

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A female reader, LIL ONE United Kingdom +, writes (7 September 2007):

I am 43 and people still cane believe how old i am which i think is a good thing.The bad thing is being 5'2 and shrinking

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (7 September 2007):

I have the same problem! I am 19 years old and 5ft 2in with a baby face and yes, attract the wrong guys- school boys don't do it for me either! The other night I went out and got ID and the bouncer said that was noway my age- I looked no older than a flipping baby! Humiliating... standing there with my 5ft6 friend who looks about 24 years old! Find the right makeup colours for you-enhance your eyes with eye liner and going with sophisticated hairstyles. No bubble gum pinks or hair tyed back in a ponytail.

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A male reader, anonymous, writes (3 August 2007):

hey, i have a similar problem, i am 21 but look about 17. it becomes frustrating, occansionally people are shocked at how old i really am. i find it dents my chances of meeting ladies my age and i often get angry. however, this is life - i have learnt to get over it. i have always been told it is not how old you look, it is how you act! people might look thier age but act as idiots!

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (31 May 2007):

ewww im 13 and everyone thinks im 9 i hate it im rlly short and have like no boobs my mom says itll be good when im older but i want to look my age now i feel your pain love just dress your age and wear dark liner in your inner lids and make sure your lips look full, cause that rlly helps

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A male reader, anonymous, writes (3 December 2006):

hi, i know what you guys are talking about. i am 23 but i look like 17 or 18 (max) i hate it.... the bad thing is i also used to teach in a univ. the first day my students thought i was a student. very humiliating for me. but you're right if someone goes for your looks that will definitely fade out some day then she is not for real and it would not be worth while trying harder for her to like me ................ thanks a lot guys....

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (2 October 2006):

hi, i know exactly how you feel when i go to clubs i always get asked for I.D and i hate it i find that if you wear darker makeup around your eyes and a brown coloured gloss it makes a lot of difference, also try looking through magazines at what people our age are wearing and you will get some good ideas

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A female reader, Contact Carly +, writes (6 January 2006):

Contact Carly agony auntDear reader

you should be proud you have younger looking skin most women die to have that sort of skin. i have a friend with the same problem hes 16 and looks like a 14 year old he spmetimes gets down but thats where his friends pick him up be proud you dont need to look older be haapy with yourself

Good luck

carly

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (6 January 2006):

Hey,

Why complain? When you're older you'll appreciate having a younger face, I know that's easy for me to say, but trust me.

Anyway, I bet the guys think it's really cute! Get yourself out to night clubs where you can meet lads your own age and ask them out! If they say 'no' then so what, you'll probably never see them again anyway.

Sometimes, the way you do your hair can make you look younger. NEVER wear two little plaits or bunches, or you'll look three! Wera a high ponytail, or have your hair loose and flowing around your face. I know that sounds silly, but it works.

Also, never wear too much make-up, wear eyeshadow, lippie, and blush, but not much more than that. Less is more.

Above all, don't let this problem knock you any more, remember, you are beautiful no matter what they say!

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (5 January 2006):

it is a bad thing to wear alot of makeup, you will look awful. Like the other dude said, think of it as a gift, not a curse, cos when your older you'll look alot younger and that's a great thing! i dont know how much make-up you use, but lippy,eyeshadow,rouge,bronzer,mascara and curling,straightening your hair works wonders! One of my best mates ahs a baby face, but she doesn't see it as a bad thing, for one it attracts more guys! good luck and i hope you sort out your problem

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A male reader, Joe United Kingdom +, writes (5 January 2006):

hey my girlfriend has the same problem she's 17 and some people think she's 12 i like to think that looking young for your age is bloody great unlike me when i was 15 some one thought i was 25 says alot don't it? :-)

see it as a gift not a curse i've always said to my girlfriend if you look after your self when your 50 you might look only 35+ and the same could apply to any other women on here with the same "problem"

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (4 January 2006):

I agree with mystify,I'm 19 yrs,5ft2 and with a babyface.Everytime ppl say to me that I look like a child,I just take it as a compliment because I know I look good.as long as my bf hasnt got a problem wit it i dont care about other ppl.

Cocoxx

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A female reader, eyeswideopen United States +, writes (4 January 2006):

eyeswideopen agony auntEnjoy it dearie, this is a non-problem.

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A female reader, mystify +, writes (4 January 2006):

mystify agony aunthi, i have the same "problem" in fact i always seem to aquire the nickname 'babyface', the thing is i am 26 and look 17 i am always getting id'd but get this... i love it!

better this than looking old before your time!

but in answer to your question wearing lots of make up wont nessasarily make you look older , more cleverly applied make up might, and dont fall in to the trap of dressing tarty to look older it dosent work , dress in a sexily sophisticated way and concentrate on you hair aswell , no more girly do's

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