Recently my Real-Life and also Facebook friend, Lola, had this as her status:
Lola: Dear powers that be, how about crows feet or acne, not both.
HA! Poor Lola, getting a zit….oh wait….what’s that? On my face? AGAIN?! Puh-leeeez. Seriously, when I was thirteen I was promised that this would end at age eighteen, and I planned my future accordingly. I don’t know how becoming an acne-free super cool rock star actress astronaut artist got away from me. Totally unfair. But here I am, with none of those occupations under my belt, and with the occasional break out and I am thirty freaking eight years old. That’s twenty freaking years longer with the freaking zits than I freaking planned, for youse who aren’t doing the math. And yes – I am getting the crows feet and yes, a grey hair or two. I am totally ok with getting older really I am but only if I get to leave the downsides of my youth behind. I’ve traded in hangovers for moderation, night-time snacking for a no-eating-after-7 rule, all-night parties for 8 hours of sleep. And you know? I’ll happily take the smile lines and little wrinkles in the place of acne so what’s up?
I know I am not alone in this battle but I have to say it bugs me to no end. And what’s worse? In my years of experience, I still don’t have a plan or technique to deal with these things. I’ve read everything – tried all the topical approaches, steaming, pushing, washing, pulling, leaving them alone – all with pretty similar results. A red taunting and haunting blob on my face that makes me want to hunker down indoors. Is there an app for this?
So my question to the world: what do you do when you have a breakout? Anything you’ve tried that makes it better? Anything that makes it worse? And most importantly: any idea when the madness will end?