Globally, COVID-19 has been shown to have had a wide ranging and significant impact on individuals’ daily living, and physical and mental health. However, there are some groups of individuals who may encounter unique challenges with regards to COVID-19 and whose experiences have not been investigated thus far. Therefore, this study aimed to understand the experiences of adults with a facial ... [Show full abstract] visible difference in relation to COVID-19 and lockdown. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 21 adults with a variety of facial visible differences (e.g., cleft lip/palate, facial scars, skin conditions) and analyzed using inductive reflexive thematic analysis. This analysis generated three themes (Escaping the external gaze; Existing feelings manifesting in new challenges; COVID-19 taking priority). The results of this study suggest that the first U.K. lockdown from the COVID-19 pandemic created significant challenges for some individuals with a facial visible difference, and ongoing restrictions and social distancing measures might be particularly challenging for those who experience anxiety around social encounters. These findings highlight the importance of providing appropriate and accessible support for people with facial differences during lockdown and as restrictions ease.