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This is the real reason why you hate your face in selfies

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If you've ever wondered why your face looks like a melting stack of cheese in selfies, you're not alone. 

Because apparently a few scientists also got so fed up with their lack of decent-looking profile pictures, they decided to invest time (and presumably money!) into figuring out exactly what causes some selfies to look like so utterly rubbish.

According to a research letter published yesterday in the JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery journal, the reason your pic looks less than stellar is because of the position of your arm – namely, that your arm needs to be five-feet long in order to take a selfie that doesn't distort your facial features.

The study found that selfies taken at just 12-inches away (the average distance between your extended arm and your face) forced a 'funhouse mirror' perspective that makes your nose look up to 30 percent wider than it is in real life. Great!

Scientists just discovered the reason your selfie looks terrible © Tara Moore / Getty Scientists just discovered the reason your selfie looks terrible 'For years, I've heard patients and family members say, "Oh, look at my nose, it looks so big", when they show me a selfie,' said Boris Paskhover, M.D., study co-author and plastic surgeon, in an interview with Live Science. 'I was always telling my patients, "That's not how you really look". I knew that selfies distort how your nose looks. And I wanted to prove it.'

Rather than just looking at a bunch of bad selfies and saying, 'Yup, definitely looks weird', Dr Paskhover and his team of scientist buddies at Rutgers Medical School and Stanford University devised a mathematical model that compared the distortive effects different camera angles can have on male and female faces.

The results? A photo taken from five feet away, 'a standard portrait distance', resulted in no distortion, but a photo taken from 12 inches resulted in a 30 percent nose increase in men, and a 29 percent increase in women.

Luckily, you can combat the distortion by either giving up selfies altogether and forging ahead into a new, terrifying world without photographic evidence of your face, or you can invest in a selfie stick like your uncle has.

Or, and this is probably your best option, you can instead love your face for what it is: perfect. Except in selfies.

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