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    CORTNEY-LEE   52,252
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No, seriously - I am too old for this $%&@

Monday, July 15, 2013

I am 33 years old. I should NOT have to worry about my face, back and chest breaking out like a flipping teenager. Seriously! I went through this enough. I should get a reprieve!

When I was in 4th grade, my skin started breaking out. I remember laying in bed one night touching my forehead and feeling all of these bumps. I ran out into the living room crying because I didn't know what they were. My mom took a look and knew that it was the start of acne. Lucky for me (or unlucky depending on how you look at it) my Mom also had bad skin, so she had some cream on hand that her dermatologist had given her. She carefully rubbed some on my new "bumps" and sent me back to bed. The next day she made an appointment for me.

The dermatologist she took me to, Dr. Dunn, was not in our insurance network, but she wouldn't take me to anyone else. She paid out of pocket for me to see him. I loved Dr. Dunn. He was fantastic! He was kind and gentle and talked on a level that a 4th grade girl could understand.

He gave me some creams to try, and showed me how to properly wash my face. Over the next few years, my acne got worse and spread to my back, shoulders and chest. He gave me creams and antibiotics to take.

Kids are cruel...
1. I had acne
2. I had braces
3. I was over weight
4. I had glasses
5. I was smart

So, I had EVERY strike a kid could have against them except I wasn't totally poor and had nice clothes. We weren't rich by any means, in fact we were one step above poor. Thankfully my grandparent made sure I had all of the "in" clothes (Gap, Esprit, Benneton, Levis, Guess) so at least I didn't get picked on for that! Everything else well... yeah, kids suck.

So after a few years of being made fun of and being called "pizza face" my complexion started clearing up. The worst of it was over and done with by 9th grade.

So here I am... almost 20 years later, and I am still struggling with break outs.

Anyway - I made a fabulous dinner tonight. Talapia w/ pineapple mango salsa and spaghetti squash. It was a delightful dinner. It was very colorful and very light. It was hot and icky out today, and a light dinner like that was perfect. I really wanted zucchini, but the store was sold out, so I opted for a spaghetti squash.

PC Fit was really hard tonight, but it was a good workout. I am dreading taking the time off to allow my tattoo to heal. I am hoping I will be ok after a week? I mean, there are other things I can do. I guess we will have to wait and see how scabbed over I am after it is done. I am just afraid that I will get out of the "groove" and lose my momentum. Then again, knowing how much I love it... maybe that won't happen? I guess the only thing I can do is wait and see. I won't put off getting my tattoo because I REALLY want this covered up! I guess it is no different then when I had to take a few weeks off from meeting with Olivia - when it was time to meet up again, I got right back into the swing of things.

Tomorrow is the summer reading party at the Library. I think it will be a lot of kids... eating cupcakes and sugar and being hyper... but I think it will be a good time. I hope so at least!

Have a great night Spark Friends!

I think that is all for now
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MICHELLE_LEX 7/21/2013 3:09PM

    Oh just you wait until perimenopause hits. It's SUCH a joy! Haha!

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REAGANESQUE 7/16/2013 8:48PM

    Breakouts suck, and I think the hot weather makes it worse. Your dinner sounds awesome! There are definitely some painful childhood memories. ..you must be so proud of the fabulous person you became today!

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KIKKI-G 7/16/2013 11:51AM

    I have never had issues with acne really even in my teens (aside from the odd one) & I have worse skin now than I have EVER had in my life (i'm 29 now). I drink 2L or more of water per day, I eat healthy and wash my face 2x a day. I've been told that it is purely hormonal. We're at the age now that our hormones are changing again & that's just what comes with it. I break out along my jawline, cheeks and forehead and chest with such deep acne that it leaves scars. Its definitely a struggle to keep it under control and I might have clear skin for a week MAX in my cycle. fml. I'm trying too so I feel your frustration.

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SOOTHINGGLOW 7/16/2013 10:01AM

    I totally understand. I have had clear skin for years now but two weeks ago I started breaking out BAD!!!! I'm thinking it has to do with my skin adjusting to the RNY surgery. I started having some hair loss too (as expected). I went and bought some acne cleanser and moisturizer and use twice a day now. It has helped but GEEEZ!!!! Why all of the sudden?

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LOVINGAFRICA 7/16/2013 8:52AM

    It's the hormones. (Wish I knew that as a teenager, I thought it was dirt, and tried to wash more- more sebum)
Your mom is great, BTW
I think all that hardship made you the accepting, supportive person that you are today.


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THROOPER62 7/16/2013 6:11AM

    I am 63 and I still have an occasional break-out on my face. I didn't start til this past year. During the rest of my life I didn't have any pimples. emoticon

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TRACYZABELLE 7/16/2013 1:17AM

    darn hormones! Grrrrrrrrrrr

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LAGUNAMAMA 7/16/2013 12:13AM

    It's so unfair, isn't it? I swear, I was NOT told that I'd be in my 30's and still breaking out. My acne was always having like one big pimple, as soon as that one would leave, another would arise in a different spot. Ugh. The only thing better about acne as an adult is that you ALSO aren't a self-esteem-less teenager, it's easier to be confident as an adult.

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COCK-ROBIN 7/16/2013 12:12AM

    May it go great for you.

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CHERIJ16 7/15/2013 11:50PM

    I am 65 and I still get breakouts on my chin! I never had acne as a teenager but here I am as a golden oldie with breakouts! Go figure. emoticon

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