I like to talk about stuff. I also like to complain about stuff. So, this is my stuff.

Thursday, October 13, 2005


Guys, you may want to sit this one out.


No, don't look at my eyebrows (I know, I'm going to pluck them soon, girls).

Look at my zits! I've never had so much coverage! What the hell is going on here? Why now? Should I just go out and get braces and get it over with? Should I get some new tourtouise shell glasses? Do I NOT LOOK YOUNG ENOUGH, that I have to divert back ever further?

I used to just put a steaming hot washcloth on my face. No zits. Then I started getting some, so I've tried Cetaphil. Guess what? It's not working for me. So now I'm going to try St. Ives Apricot Scrub.

Which brand of face wash is for Barb? I'm going to find out. Won't it be a fun journey? Will you take it with me? I need all the help I can get.


  • At Friday, October 14, 2005 3:21:00 AM, Blogger Rebecca said…

    Do you have insurance, barb? I think you need to see a dermatologist. I started getting lots of zits a few years ago, and I got some anti-biotics perscribed and they got better. They're finding now, I guess, that tons of zits like that are caused by an infection under the skin which can be killed - sometimes permanantly.

    or you could have some kind of disease I don't know about.

  • At Friday, October 14, 2005 7:58:00 AM, Blogger Barb said…

    Oh, lovely, I could have a disease.

    I would see a dermatologist if I had insurance. Maybe in the next few months. But for now let's just hope I can find a product to balance this out.

  • At Friday, October 14, 2005 8:47:00 AM, Blogger Bonnie said…

    Hey Barb:)
    That sucks about the zits...
    It could also be caused by hormone levels changing in your body. You're not pregnant, are you? Have you changed your birth control method in recent days? When I went off the Depo my face was covered with huge zits all the time for about a year.
    I've gone through a ton of products for the face in my days. The Cetaphil is the one that I have found to work the best. How long have you been using it?
    When you switch face cleansers your face will react to it by breaking out (most likely) so you need to give it at least a week or two time to see how it will really work. I know, that really sucks.
    One product that you might want to try is the Neutragena (sp?) plain orange bar of soap. That one is really good too. I think there is another good Neutragena one too but I can't remember the name of it... foaming face cleanser, maybe? You might want to try going for gentle or sensative skin cleansers too... considering the fact that your skin doesn't already have years of experience with suds drying it out.
    Anyhow, I hope that helped. Let me know if any of it helped. Love you.

  • At Friday, October 14, 2005 10:15:00 AM, Blogger Barb said…

    Hey Bonnie~
    I used Cetaphil for over a month. I didn't see an improvement; if anything it kept getting worse.
    New plan: I'm going to try Neutrogena's foaming face cleanser after work and then again before I go to bed. In my morning shower I will exfoliate with the apricot scrub.
    I don't think I'm having hormonal changes... deff not preggers... Just UGLY.

  • At Friday, October 14, 2005 10:16:00 AM, Blogger Barb said…

    Come to think of it, my zits are probably mostly related to city water. I wonder if there's anything for that...

  • At Friday, October 14, 2005 11:57:00 AM, Blogger Lynsey Auger said…


    Why don't you try proactive? When I can't sleep I tune into that infomercial about proactive and it actually seems to work on people. Erica, the girl I used to nanny for, uses it and she loves it. Order some online and try it for a month. It could just have to do with your age, I didn't have one single zit for account for in high school then the second I turned 21, BOOM. Pizza face. I am voting that you try the proactive. "It's 100% or your money back!"

  • At Friday, October 14, 2005 12:19:00 PM, Blogger Barb said…

    Hey Lynsey~
    Yeah I have watched the infomercials about proactive too. I didn't realize you could get it online, duh!
    I will see how much it costs, thanks

  • At Friday, October 14, 2005 5:22:00 PM, Blogger Rebecca said…

    I really like the Bioré "warming anti-blackhead cream cleanser". It heats up on your face, which feels really neat, and I think it works well, too.

  • At Saturday, October 15, 2005 9:20:00 AM, Blogger JessieE said…

    Don't necessarily go for the Apricot Scrub. Believe it or not, lots of times those scrubs just irritate the skin and make it worse.

    Butchie's sister (or, the 41 year old whose face has been breaking out for years)

  • At Saturday, October 15, 2005 9:44:00 PM, Blogger Bonnie said…

    I agree with Jessiee about the Apricot Scrub. I do use the stuff but only when my face is already clear. Or at least I avoid any problem areas.

  • At Sunday, October 16, 2005 9:14:00 AM, Blogger JessieE said…

    actually...i suppose i could have been even more helpful by suggesting something. I love the Aveeno line. Great stuff, especially if you think your issues aren't hormonal. I never got much relief from over-the-counter stuff, but I'm hooked. I use the body stuff, and the face stuff. Even the lotion. It's fab.

  • At Sunday, October 16, 2005 11:33:00 PM, Anonymous MOM said…

    If you cover your mirror over, you will not see the zits...and therefore will not be worried tht you may have them and then wont because you will be chillin.

    thats what I think. you can quote me if you care to.

  • At Monday, October 17, 2005 12:24:00 PM, Blogger Barb said…

    Thanks Mom. I would be happy to not look at myself, but other people still have to, so I don't think that would be fair.

    I like the apricot scrub because it's fairly natural and I think my skin appreciates that. I'm being very careful not to press too hard when I use it, and it makes my face feel fresher so I think it's working for me. It's too early to tell, but if it feels good, I feel good about it.

    I am still using the Cetaphil, though. I figured I'd transition as subtly as possible. If I don't see some changes soon, I think I'll unscrew the bottles of both Aveeno and Neutrogena in the store and smell them. Whichever one smells better to me will probably be what I need. My body will tell me.


  • At Tuesday, October 18, 2005 8:19:00 AM, Blogger Lynsey Auger said…

    Hey Barb, was just thinking...are you under a lot of stress? More than usual? Stress will most definitely cause quite a breakout, as I learned by planning my wedding. And there is really nothing you can do wash-wise when that happens, you actually just have to drink loads of water.

    Just thought I would throw that your way.

  • At Tuesday, October 18, 2005 10:40:00 AM, Blogger Barb said…

    Stressed? Yeah. But I'm in denial about it. I don't know if that keeps my mind off of it or if it makes me internalize it too much.

    I will drink more water anyway. It's free, so why not? :P

    Thanks, I probably needed a reality check...


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