My face will not stop breaking out. Seriously, it’s out of control.
You may hate me for saying this, but for most of my life I’ve been lucky to have excellent skin. I’ve never really had bad breakouts. On the rare occasions when I did have a breakout, it would usually consist of a single pimple right on the end of my nose. That’s God saying “ha,” right there. I’ve been through phases where I wore tons of makeup, and I’ve been through phases where I wore none at all. Sometimes I was diligent about washing my face every day, and sometimes I just wasn’t. I never went to a dermatologist. I never had to use anything more serious than a basic everyday facial cleanser.
Over the last several years, through makeup and allergic reactions and weird medications and climate changes and stress and grief and love and all kinds of things, I’ve never had a phase of breakouts like I’ve had for the last few weeks.
Currently, in addition to the blotchiness, itchy red spots, dry flaky spots, and other general plague theme props, I have a herd of pimples near the corner of my mouth. They’re the kind of pimples that made both my mother and my grandmother ask me “what was all over my face,” which instantly transformed me into a thirteen-year-old all, “GOD, they’re PIMPLES, do you have to TELL THE WHOLE WORLD ABOUT THEM?”
I’ve even gotten fever blisters. What the hell? I never get fever blisters. My face is quite seriously pissed off about something.
I’d been alternating Cetaphil’s normal-to-oily and Aveeno Calming something-or-other and that just isn’t working. The Aveeno, which I liked for about a day, says it contains something called “feverfew” for calming properties. I’ve heard, though, that feverfew is related to ragweed, to which I am hellaciously allergic, so this may explain the blotchiness. I don’t know.
I’m wearing almost no makeup in an attempt to help my face clear up faster, but I look like hell and I’m too damn old to be going to work looking like I just hit puberty. So what now? Do I go to a dermatologist? Do I wait it out? What do dermatologists do, anyway? This sucks.