On Monday we talked about uncomfortable situation that is pelvic floor disorder. I hope it was educational and useful for some of you. And I hope you don’t mind if I take a minute to talk about acne. Yeah, not quite as uncomfortable as peeing when you sneeze, but it does mean that I have to own up to the fact that I still breakout like a teenager and basically don’t know how to take care of my skin.
For nearly two decades I’ve been experimenting with various regimes, cleansers, masks, methods, etc. to try to conquer the acne problem that has plagued me since my pre-teen years. All of my efforts have only taken me so far. I still get breakouts, I still get whiteheads, and I had basically thrown up my hands and said, “Well, it could be worse!” See, I can go outside without wearing make-up and still be happy about it (as long as I don’t know a picture is being taken):
However, my friend Kathleen was kind enough to treat me to a free mini-facial at a fancy spa in SoHo a few weeks ago. I was a little self-conscious about having a “beauty professional” that close to my face since I knew what was coming: comments about the acne, questions about what I use on my face, suggestions on how to clear it up — which would probably cost a bundle of money. I was right on all three accounts, but the mini-facial was so relaxing and I felt so good afterward that I didn’t mind a bit. And the lady did give me a gem of a tip, and it doesn’t cost me a penny: I should wash my face with warm water to open and clear out my pores, but then I should splash some cold water on my face after I rinse the cleanser off to close the pores back up. So that’s what I’ve been doing for the past two and a half weeks and, honest and true, my face has only been this clear when I’ve been pregnant or breastfeeding, only I’m not pregnant or breastfeeding. I’ve also tried to be a little bit more gentle when I dry my face, and between the cold water splash and the gentle drying, my skin is feeling better and smoother than it has in ages. Go figure.
This may be old news to many of you, and I’m sure I’ve heard it before as well, but since I’d never been consistent with it until now, I’d never seen results. Nice to know it works, at least a little bit, at least for me. Maybe it will be helpful for some of you who are reliving your adolescent years with astonishing (and unpleasant) frequency and wondering if you are single-handedly keeping Clearasil in business. If you have an acne-clearing tip, please share.