On April 20, Reddit user kitchenninja111 posted a confession titled “TIFU by accidentally giving my girlfriend acne” to community thread “Dear Reddit, Today I F*cked Up (TIFU).” The 24-year-old man explains that his 26-year-old girlfriend has been vegan “mostly for health reasons” for several years. “Mostly she swears that it cleared up her skin—from pictures, it seems she went from really gnarly acne to very clear skin,” the user wrote. “Now, I thought this might be due to her age—teenagers get acne and it goes away yeah [sic], hers just went away a bit late.” The man explains that after dating for three years, the couple now lives together and while he does the grocery shopping, she does the cooking. “She’s a great cook but sometimes a man just needs some mac and cheese with cut up hot dogs,” he wrote. “So I thought I would prove to her that the whole ‘dairy gives me acne’ thing is in her head.” The man then admits that for two months, he has been emptying his girlfriend’s vegan soy creamer and replacing it with animal-based dairy without her knowledge. “I was gonna do a big reveal, like, ‘Surprise! You can eat whatever you want!’” he continued. “But she’s been wearing makeup both in and out the house lately … and last night, I saw her barefaced for the first time in a while and it is bad. Like insects about to hatch out of her face bad.” The man explained his solution to the fiasco, which other Redditors pointed out was a form of manipulative gaslighting. “So I figure I’ll just quietly throw out the dairy and her skin will go back to normal,” he wrote. “I feel bad but on the other hand, I was doing it for her own good.” The consensus on Reddit is that the user should inform his girlfriend of his malicious actions, prepare to be dumped, and then learn to cook for himself.

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