Default front camera terrible quality?

has anyone else experienced extreme face smoothing on their front facing camera (pictures)? I rarely use my front facing camera so I don't remember if it's always been like that ever since I first had it. i do know that it's been like that for a very long time that's y i seldom use it. its ruining the whole experience when I do need to use it at times. It's like an extreme fuzzy smoothing face beautifying filter. It's on auto mode and I've tried all three resolutions/photo size. .. Still the same annoying filter like disaster.

I just need confirmation that it's normal or maybe I need to change certain settings.... Or I just happen to have a bad defected camera on my phone. Thanks