Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Periodic Pesky Pimples



Some sneak up on you in the middle of the night, while others throb invisibly on your chins for days. The result is the same, and just when you were finally feeling comfortable in your own skin, you turn into an awkward adolescent with globs of Clearasil spread unevenly over your face.

Memories come flooding in from you past. Days spent lying in the sun with tinfoil reflectors to broil the pimples away. Only pimples would turn into sun blisters.  These blisters were crater like formations that multiplied over sections of your  epidermis. You felt fine as long as you didn't laugh, cry or brush your teeth. After you cleared up, you did it all over again. Only you set the cooking timer for a shorter period, and adjusted the setting to bake instead of broil. Of course there were no worries, because we didn't know about skin cancer back then.

There's no rhyme or reason why adult acne flairs up when your skin's too dry, you're under stress, or  you're gorging on greasy food. It can happen for any or none of those reasons due to hormonal imbalances or lack of estrogen. Consequently, they take on a whole new look in middle age which is likened to warts on witches or goiters on goblins. Though it's preferable to part your chin hair on the other side to tone it down. 

Old age acne is the next phase to look forward to. They do not produce puss, have a shorter lifespan, and come with a guarantee not to sprout black hairs. The odds are that you won't be able to see the white or gray ones. Prevalent halitosis will ward off potential onlookers.


  1. Ah how I remember pimples especially as a teen,
    A good and unusual word but enjoyable to read as ever.


  2. This word is something really different to write but neverthless well written
    I am glad never in my life I got pimples ....If I could remember it hardly so just 5 to 6 times that's it

  3. Ah - the wonders of ageing!

    I'm really looking forward to all the 'air-brushed' beauties that grace our magazines joining the rest of the sisterhood as time catches up with them, with crows-feet wrinkles under their eyes, crepey neck skin, and age spots on their hands!

    Thankfully I didn't suffer with teenage acne and only get the odd blemish (usually after a period of bad eating habits!)

    BTW - thanks for dropping by my blog earlier! Happy A-Z'ing!

    SueH I refuse to go quietly!
    Twitter - @Librarymaid

  4. I did get the odd pimple growing up....not many.....I can't remember ever getting bent out of shape over them. Interesting note: did you know that cats can get acne? I didn't know until our old Nick got it. Apparently caused by eating out of plastic dishes.

  5. Lol! The minute I turned 40...I started getting the black hairs growing out of the worst places. It is frightening when I don't catch the one on my chin. I could poke an eye out. :-)

  6. OMG I hate pimples. I had acne horribly as a kid, and if I'm anything like my mother...I'm never going to stop getting zits. Ugh!

  7. Yvonne - Yes the teenage years were the worst!

    Youmna - Glad you were blessed with good skin!

    Sue - The "air-brushed beauties" will probably stay well maintained!

    Delores - No wonder they're so moody!

    Tracy Jo - Rearview mirrors in the light of day are the best, but I still miss many too!

    Valerie - I think the worst part is behind you, so check your back too! I'm just kidding Valerie!

  8. i just started eating when i got to your post haha---i am taking apple cider vinegar--for blood sugar lowering--and i swear i think it is making my hair oilier--haven't had the acne thing though

  9. I do not miss the pimples of puberty! My daughter is going through it now.

    I wanted to let you know, that I nominated you for the Sunshine Award. I know you're busy with the A-Z challenge, but maybe in May you can do it. If you'd like it, you can pick it up at my blog, Mama Diaries.

  10. Don't you just hate those painful ones that pop up in the corner of your nose?

  11. Traveling through the A-Z challenge and stopping here to say hi :)Happy alphabet!

  12. Lynn - I would check with your doctor about possibly changing the quantity of apple cider vinegar. I hope it's helping with your cholesterol though, which is more important!

    Sherry - Hope your daughter just has a mild case. Thanks so much for the award nomination Sherry! I'll stop by later to read all about it!

    Jen - Those are not pleasant, but now I'm starting to get these hidden treasures on my chin that hurt for days before they surface! Hope yours settle down for the summer!

    Siv Maria - Happy alphabet to you and thanks for following me! I just met your A to Z spokesmodel, and I'm a fan! Julie

  13. Oh my, with that first sentence, I was wondering where this article was going. You will have to forgive my um 'dirty' mind which may indeed need some mental Clearasil.
    Ah yes, thanks for the insight on what I may have to face up to next. And not like my breath is bad, but yes, even Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet star is jealous of my halitosis. I guess I need to um brush up on the problem.
    Nice alliteration, by the way. It think zits about time I ended this comment.
    Have fun with the challenge that brings further awareness of the alphabet.
    In kindness and with my mouth away from the screen, Gary :)

    1. Gary, I re-read that first sentence and scared myself a little! Maybe I missed my calling. While you're "brushing up" on your halitosis problem, I'll have to keep my " zits" about me, so that I don't make that mistake again! Thanks Gary and hugs to Penny!

  14. ROTFL.
    Julie, you are a scream!! This is hilarious... especially the "warts on witches and goiters on goblins" bit... conjures frightening images... *still laughing*

    1. Thanks so much Michelle! I just read your Prima Donna post, and thought you painted a wonderful picture of someone that you'd love to hate! Julie