Experiment fail or Me vs. face

I’m in my umm… early mid fortyish forties, and I got to thinking that I should be able to stop using all these products geared toward pimply teenage faces, right? I mean, I should be working on wrinkle prevention, not zit prevention. My skin had has been looking pretty good there for a while, and I thought I should give a different face cleansing routine a go. I figured I should start treating the face a little kinder, ya know?

Well, forget that! Apparently, I have to continue being a hard-ass to my face. I’d say I went about a week where I stopped using the harsh chemical laden acne treatment cleansers and lotions, and replaced them with cleansing oils and mild soaps and moisture rich lotions (you know, all the stuff women my age are supposed to be using!).

Results? My face resembles a pepperoni pizza. And these suckers HURT too. The blemishes are large and plump, sitting right under my skin just ready to erupt to the surface at the most inopportune moment, I’m just sure of it. Talk about not feeling comfortable in my own skin. Right now, I just want to crawl right out of my face.

If I could speak to my face, and if it could give me a crystal clear response (and a crystal clear face would be nice as well, but apparently that would be pushing it), I would ask it, why?? Why can’t I have clear skin? Why must the only products that work for my pimple prevention be the same products that dry the hell out of my skin??

I think my face, if it could respond other than it’s jackass way of either breaking out or totally drying out, or both, would say

<… …>  <–That’s supposed to be chirping crickets

I have worked sooo hard to get my face to a (mostly) “clear” state, and this is the thanks I get?? Only one week of change and I believe my face has been set back to puberty levels. I’m not sure how long it will take me to recover from this little experiment, but it’d better be quick. Or… oh yeah, I’m gonna send in the big guns. That’s right, face! Forget about a few strategically placed dots of Benzoyl Peroxide, I’m talking about thick layers of the gunk, sleep in it all night long. Drying lotions are back on the agenda, as well as special face masks and scrubs. And don’t make me use the BRUSH! (although that would probably make things much worse, but I won’t admit that to my face)

my arsenal
my arsenal

So here’s to getting my face back to “normal” — uneven, oily/dry combo, but with minimal breakout. And who would have thought I’d be looking forward to menopause? Maybe THEN the breakouts will cease? Of course then it will be battle of the wrinkles.

–kd

7 thoughts on “Experiment fail or Me vs. face”

  1. I know it’s probably not something you want to try, but maybe a week isn’t long enough to let your skin get back to its natural balance? If you’ve been using aggressive products on it for so long it’s bound to take some time to heal. If I could, I’d send you to a private tropical resort so you could experiment with that out of sight for as long as it takes, but I can’t, so all I can do is offer my sympathies. 🙂

    1. Thank you, Trillie (for the sweet thoughts). You’re right, most likely it would take several weeks, but I totally panicked and I can’t hide away from the world while waiting for things to even out (that would be great!). And I didn’t take the smile as a “mock.” 🙂 <--not mocking either! 🙂

    1. Proactive is about the only thing that works for me if I don’t want to have to be on antibiotics prescribed by the dermatologist (apparently for the rest of my life). And men have it so easy! Beard AND they can pee standing up too! Sooo not fair!

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