Wednesday, June 06, 2007


One of the more pleasant “extras” of a liver tumor is that I am not allowed to be on birth control pills. As an additional benefit, I am also not allowed to become pregnant.


There is so much abstinence/rhythm method fun at my house right now that I could just scream.

And really, it’s been quite some time since I’ve not been on birth control pills AND not been pregnant, so I had forgotten one particular side effect of this dreadful non-combination – acne.

I’m a girl who has never had clear skin. Well, I suppose I did when I was six years old, but from about age 11 on, I’ve been pimple-y.

It’s not awful. It’s not all over my face. It’s not cystic acne. There are no scars. Rather, it’s a niggling, why-does-my-face-still-look-like-I’m-a-pre-teen type of thing. Much like my “nuisance” tumor, I have a completely non-serious and yet exasperating case of acne.

And it bugs the crap out of me.

So this week, I decided to do something about it. You know, besides wash my face, use a toner, and some oil-free lotion a few times a day. I went to the store and perused the anti-acne aisle – something I’ve not done since my teenage days.

After much reviewing of product and price comparison (because while I’d like to be done with my blemishes, I don’t want to pay a lot for it), I decided on an “adult acne” regimen. My thoughts were along the lines of I have sensitive skin, so I don’t want to use the teenage-y stuff. Too harsh. Plus, I’m an adult, yo. I need some adult medicine.

I had a bit of trepidation as I used it last night. After all, I do have pretty persnickety skin. I once got a rash for 6 days after using a new soap. And my skin could actually be characterized as “combination” rather than oily, so I didn’t want to over-dry in my quest for a smoother complexion.

But I bravely applied, with high hopes for a clearer, smoother complexion in just one week.

And this morning, I woke up to a face which was, apparently, molting.

Good grief: rare sex, acne, and now skin peeling off my face. Things just get better and better around here.

This liver thing better resolve soon.


Karen said...

oh dear lord. that would happen, now wouldn't it?

i had to start using pro-active. it keeps things more or less in check, except around that time of the month. it has also been known to bleach some of my clothes. awesome.

nancy said...

You said "persnickety"!! I love it!!

I have had zits too, since I was 10. grade 4. Now I am 40. I wish they would go away. I now also have almost sever rosacea. That really sucks too. I wonder with menopause will bring me in another decade or so?

Zany Mama said...

I was hoping someone who reads was a pro-active user and would give their opinion on the product. I've been tempted to try it, but I was worried I was succumbing to infomerical-itis.

I'll watch it around my clothes, though. yikes.

One just feels like a friggin' beauty queen, doesn't one?


SRH said...

What my wife meant to say was, "The sex is great and I can't get enough of it because SRH is a stallion."

Just thought you should know what she was really thinking.

L. Noelle said...

I'm sorry about the skin, that sucks! Hopefully the peeling will shed some new stuff?! Good luck! very funny description, but I feel guilty for laughing!

Anonymous said...

Have you ever tried making your own skin care products out of food? I've been keen to make one of those strawberry masks.

lsig said...

Whatever you have to tell yourself to get through the day, SRH.

I've always had sucky skin. If you're looking for different, non-molting products, I use something that a dermatologist once recommended- dandruff shampoo. The generic blue stuff, knock-off Head and Shoulders (the "new and improved H&S formula doesn't work as well). It's cheap, relatively gentle, and works quite well.

Karen said...

more so, it was my towels that were affected. we used to have green towels, but have since switched to white. now if i'm going to wash my face and i'm already dressed for the day, i take my shirt off first.

Garbo said...

You thought you were done with high school when you graduated and now you are concerned about your skin and trying to keep from making a whoops baby. Who knew you'd ever have to take a spin on THAT wheel again? If my own high school experiences start popping up on me, I'm going to run away and lose myself in the middle of the Mall of America.

Zany Mama said...

Dear stallion-y husband,
Beware bringing too much attention to your prowess. There's a chance that I'll never be able to be on birth control again, so there may need to be a snip-snip in the stallion's future. If I were he, I might be laying low right about now.

No need for guilt. If my mortification can't make others laugh, then it's just not worth it.

I have never done it but am always intrigued. If you decide to try, do share...

Intriguing...yes, very intriguing. I'm totally down with cheap and effective.

well, that seems like a lot of work - but totally worth it for non-adolescent skin.

OH MY GOSH, I'm back in high school! That's what all these mood swings and insecurities are about.

Sorry, I must leave now. I must peg my pants and read Cosmo magazine.

zulhai said...

Both my daughters are teenagers now, and going through the hormonal acne activation period (!). We've tried a few things, but so far they are liking the Almay products, cleanser, toner, moisturizer, from Walgreens. I also have some Rx topical erythromycin for spot control. I like Mary Kay, myself, but it doesn't seem to work for them. And then I take them in for facials every couple of months, usually a day or two before an event. The Beauty school only charges $20 to unclog those pores. Otherwise, we make a homemade scrub from 1/2 epsom salts and 1/2 sea salt, which sterilizes their skin without drying, and we have some stuff called Indian Clay Masque from the health food store, which I don't think does anything.

zulhai said...

They say it does.

Csara said...

Oh man!!! I am with you on this annoying-as-hell adult acne crap. WTF is up with that?!?! Have you heard of The Regimen? It's cetaphil cleanser, over the counter benzyl peroxide spot treatment and cetaphil moisturizer. You can do a google search for "the regimen" and i think it's on . Anyway, I swear it works. After 2 weeks, my skin was clear. Now of course I haven't kept up with it and my skin is pimple-y!! Yuk. Anyway.....sorry for such a long reply. Just found your blog. Love your son's name!!

Zany Mama said...

zulhai and csara-
I responded to your comments days ago - not sure where my response went.

I'm with your daughters on the Mary Kay, but I'm interested in the salt scrub. I may have to try that one.

I've never heard of it, but I have used cetaphil before and it didn't bother my skin.

Thanks for stopping by - I'm a bit intimidated by online forums, so you may not get a response from me, but I'm enjoying your site!