Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Zits Happen

If you never get zits, carry on with whatever you were doing with my blessings.

PeaceBang has been a little extra hormonal apparently, from the appearance of three or four big spots on her chin (also due to extra summer time oil production, probably exacerbated by her bad habit of resting her chin in her little paws, which she does wash rather compulsively).

PeaceBang has conducted a little experiment for you and can tell you a thing or two about zit treatments:

1. Salacylic acid renews your skin, and gets rid of pimples by sloughing them off in some strange way.
2. Benzoyl peroxide is a kind of massive disinfectant and kills the bacteria that causes zits.
3. A combination therapy of the two works pretty well, but PeaceBang has learned the hard way that even 2% benzoyl peroxide is some serious stuff, man, and can just burn the skin right off your face. PB at this very writing has two serious dry patches on her chin to prove that point. And they itch.
4. DON'T, for the love of the gods, use undiluted tea tree oil on your face!
5. And don't squeeze. Don't you remember anything from Teen magazine?
6. If you have a clogged sweat gland, your facialist can't even help you. You have to see the dermatologist and have it blasted off with some kind of nuclear device.

Conclusion: Just ignore the stupid spots.* They'll go away in a few days on their own. And keep your hands away from your punim.

* If you have a big public gig coming up, apply ice and Visine (no kidding, it shrinks the swelling), and use a BRUSH to carefully apply some cover-up that matches your skin. Set with a bit of loose powder and you're good to go. Eucerin makes a nice green wand correction stick that counteracts red very nicely. You can try that, too, under the cover-up.


Blogger LisaBe said...

bare minerals concealer brush and foundation powder is a great concealer, it also dries blemishes and mattifies the shine. i never ever wore makeup until i found this stuff (last year, and i turned 40 last month). the whole starter kit (two shades of the foundation/concealer powder, the warmth color, and sort of this all-over finishing powder with which i confess i rarely bother; plus three fabulous-beyond-words brushes--the concealer brush, the blushy brush, and the powder brush; plus the dvd that shows you how to apply it all properly; plus some cleanser, though i still use the same clinique regimen i used before i bought the kit--i don't mess with what works) costs just $60 at sephora. there are other bare minerals products--for instance, i have rosier undertones than the warmth color it comes with, so i usually opt for a color called glee, which i bought separately at ulta. all of the powders are loose, and therefore blendable. and because you use only the tracest amounts of each product each day, the stuff lasts FOREVER. anyway, the point is that they have really helped me with blemishes--reducing frequency of occurrence, concealing when they do occur, and hastening disappearance afterward :)

6:35 AM  
Anonymous Paul said...

I didn't know that Unitarians got zits. :)

8:12 AM  
Blogger boyinthebands said...

Yes, organic, fair-trade zits.

8:28 AM  
Blogger Aola said...

It really ought to be against the law to have wrinkles and zits,too, but, I still get them every once in a while.
What a pain.

11:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Topical clindamycin (easily prescribed from any doctor) and the birth control pill (Yasmin specifically) mean I haven't had a zit since high school. Hurray for hormones and antibiotics. I fear to see what will happen when I get pregnant though. Zits everywhere, I'm sure.

12:34 PM  
Blogger Kermit's Daughter said...

I get rosacea from time to time --- which looks a lot like the teen acne I used to get. Do the hints about covering zits work for the red splotches of rosacea as well?

2:51 PM  

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