clean & clear

Tuesday, March 24, 2009
...and not under control.

As I get older, I thought that one aspect of my teen life would go away forever. Well, it hasn't.

Why the hell do I still have acne? Why? Why? Why?

This stuff should be over by now. I suffered through the mild breakouts as a teen, testing every acne cream including the white and tinted Clearasil. I tested every color of concealer under the sun my mom would let me buy at Drug Mart from CoverGirl to Maybelline. It never worked and probably looked terrible with a multicolor face! Good thing we didn't carry cell phones like kids do these days. There would be sooooo many more bad pictures available to haunt me.

I'm 26 yet I still have remnants of my teen years. Every three months without fail, I feel a bump start to develop in what is commonly known as the "T zone."

Boys, make a "T" on your face and that's what's known as the T zone. It's typically known as greasiest zone on your face.

Anyway, I still get these monstrous bumps near my chin every three months. The rest of my face will be completely clear minus the bump. The only thing that ever "cures" them is a shot in my face from the dermatologist.

Don't cringe, it's not painful and just costs a doctor's visit to fix it.

It's like botox for middle aged women. Botox reduces lines and my shot reduces zits.

I pop over to his office on my lunch hour and come back, knowing that my face will clear up in a few days versus the week and a half it would normally take. Sometimes I even leave tiny bandage on my face to hide the icky redness.

I just experienced my three month itch and definitely not awaiting my next spot that will appear in June like clockwork. Damn you, t-zone!


Ashley said...

Wow, I had no idea there were shots for this. Though I'm not so sure my needle-phobic brain could handle it. I'll take the occasional bump I suppose...

Lil' Woman said...

Ugh..I hate getting acne, it drives me insane and it just seems to get worse the older I get.

Allison M. said...

Ashley - it takes 3 seconds. Just a pinch.

Lil' Woman - very annoying.

Barb said...

My doctor recommended a mega dose of B-6 vitamin everyday. Like 250 MG or whatever the largest you can find. It really does seem to help. I found Wal-Mart usually has the largest doseage available in one pill.

Angela said...

What shot is it? I'm also terrified of needles, but I've had face-melting acne forever and may be willing to suck it up for this!

alexa - cleveland's a plum said...

one every three months?!?!



Joanna M said...

Allison - take it from me - it never goes away completely - and that sucks. I am still fighting it at my advanced age.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

ANG* said...

oh yeah. apparently i've developed adult acne. not cool. at 27 you shouldnt have worse skin than a 15 yr old boy.

and i'm with ash - didnt know there were shots!

Anonymous said...

when did you get botox? -G2