There was one big reason I didn’t feel ready to shave my head (and may have put it off indefinitely).
Rather, hundreds of small, bumpy, red or white, cystic, open wound, enlarged pore type reasons.
I have acne. Have since adolescence, and I’m now 26.
Even at best, my pores are always large, my cheeks constantly covered with tiny, colorless bumps, (not whiteheads, just bumps) and usually two or three large, red spots tossed in for good measure.
At worst, the big ol’ pores and bitty bumps are joined by one or two dozen red bumps of various diameters, usually marching across the lower half of my face.
After reading No More Dirty Looks, I spent the month of June on an all-natural skincare routine; many, many readers at the No More Dirty Looks blog rave over how miraculously their skin has improved after switching to all-natural, all “clean” skin products.
Mine has not. Am I [irrationally] bitter? You betcha! I spent June using olive oil soap as cleanser, plus tea tree oil diluted with jojoba oil for the acne; products recommended by the book. Yes, they recommend a whole host of other products I could try— but I started with the cheap stuff on purpose, because good lord do those ladies recommend expensive stuff.
Makeup hides much of the problem, but these past few weeks definitely constitute an “at worst” situation. To be fair, most of the blemishes rule the bottom half of my face, same as usual. Then again, my neck’s never had it so bad.
Now, I don’t wish to be melodramatic; many people have far worse acne, and EVERYONE ALIVE has far more serious problems. Still, my skin depresses the hell out of me, and it has for a long time. My sudden discovery of HEAD ACNE is just scummy frosting on the cake o’ beauty woes.
Some doctors say acne has nothing to do with diet. Some doctors say acne is diet-related; but my acne was no worse when I ate 10 chocolate bars per week, and I eat worlds less sugar now. I still had acne while eating a vegan diet. My old boyfriend Crumble ate pure garbage all day every day, and he had smooth, glowing skin. I am not a doctor, but I sense that there is no justice in the world of skin.
I used to use a BHA and 2.5% benzoyl peroxide. This always seemed to work at first— my skin would feel smoother to the touch initially, then resumed roughness in a week or two.
For all these years, I’ve hoped that my acne would disappear with age. Instead, my skin has branched out…
… and taken up wrinkling in its spare time. The naso-labial lines don’t trouble me much, and I don’t EVER think about crow’s feet. But the forehead… that’s a concern. Concern makes me wrinkle my brow, which makes my brow (that’s right, you guessed it!) wrinkled. The lines aren’t Always red; some days they’re nigh on invisible. Still, I was hoping to put off facing my mortality until I turned at LEAST 30….
I have a referral to a local dermatologist. But before I spend my life savings on drugs and creams—
Lay it on me, readers. Have you ever had acne? What do you do about it?