It puts the lotion on it’s skin

Alright, I have a confession. I have no idea how to take care of my skin.

::watches all the men turn and run out the door::


Anyway, I don’t. I’m 32 years old and I wash my face with what I assume is meant for teenagers. That is, when I haven’t run out and just use whatever’s in the shower that will foam. Bar soap, liquid soap. I’ve been known to use shampoo on occasion. It’s the worst when I’ve run out of facial cleanser (that’s fancy grown up lady-person talk for face soap) AND I’ve run out of my regular soap and I have to use AH’s soap, so I spend the rest of the day smelling like I rubbed my face in a man’s armpit. A fresh, clean armpit, but a manly armpit, nonetheless.

I have that sort of skin that can’t decide whether it’s pubescently unruly or not. But mostly yes. I still get blemishes on a regular basis, I have a wickedly oily t-zone, and blackheads are embarrassingly rampant. In the past few months, it’s gotten worse, little by little, and so I started a treatment program to attempt to deal with the situation.

I got a foaming cleanser, a blackhead clearing mask, moisturizer, and a medicated topical cream and went at it. A week in and I can say that there are definitely fewer blemishes and blackheads, my pores are much smaller, my t-zone isn’t greasy anymore, and that right there is part of the problem. I’ve gone and dried out my face entirely. We’re talking raisin here, which, for a woman Of A Certain Age, is worrisome, given my proximity to the wrinkle-growing stage of my life.

Now, because I finally, for the first time in a very, very long time, seem to have skin which doesn’t break out at the mere suggestion of natural body oils, I’m at a loss. Obviously, I need to ease up, either I cut back on the frequency with which I combine any of my medicated cleansers et al, or use just one at a time, or something. And, obviously, I need to find a good moisturizer.

Wow. I am BORING myself right now. I’ve never cared about things like skin care before and the only reason I do right now is because my face is literally flaking off my skull and I can’t be sure, but I don’t think that’s supposed to happen. But whatever. This was a waste of a post and a waste of your time, if you’ve lasted this long. I apologize. I have a very small life and the things to talk about are few and far between.

But, if you’re still awake, if you have any suggestions for formerly oily, blemish-prone, currently dry-as-a-bag-of-hay, blemish-prone skin, I’d be grateful.

Thank you, come again.

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