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Adventures in Rosacea

(Full disclosure: I have not had an official medical diagnosis and everything below is based on personal experience, individual research, and ol’ fashioned guess-work.) For most my life I had ‘normal’ skin. Sure, there was the occasional break-out due to stress or a product my face didn’t agree with. Over the past couple years, however, […]

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Pinteresting Projects: DIY Acne Mask

I have a zit. FYI for those of you under 30: zits don’t stop after your 20s. They keep coming. Maybe vaguely less frequently than before, but they’ll pop up even after two decades of awesome zit strategies.

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Bodies

The Smart Way to Deal with Zits

Zits and acne used to be a malady of the teenage years. Unfortunately, more and more adults –  male and female – now find themselves dealing with pimples on a daily basis. The truth is that the average age of patients who see dermatologists for acne ranges from 20-26 years, and the anti-zit business brings in more […]

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Life

On The Edge Of Thirty

My granddad had novelty drinking glasses that were etched with a fake newspaper headline: Wilson Furious Turns 29 Again.  If you asked him his age, he would say he was still 29.  To hear my granddad tell it, 29 was the age to be. The salad days. The real golden years. I’ve been 29 for […]

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We Try It: Mineral Make-up

I recently put out a plea for recommendations for foundation for my oily, acne-prone skin and received several for Everyday Minerals intensive base.  They have the option to buy four different colors and styles of base to find what fits you, and for only $5 for the trial set it seemed like it was worth […]

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The most disappointing skin-care product

I haven’t been this disappointed with a purchase since I mistakenly bought a bag of decaf coffee and spent a week and a half thinking I had developed a superhuman tolerance for caffeine.   The product in question is the Neutrogena Wave.  OK, it’s the CVS knock-off, but it said “compare to the Wave!” so I […]

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We Try It: Acne.org Regimen

Let’s talk about zits! No, really, everyone gets them and it’s nothing to be ashamed of (that’s right, I’m employing the gently, soothing voice of your mother). I’ve struggled off and on with acne since I was 15 (so for over seven years) and I’ve tried Retina, doxycycline (oral antibiotics), Proactiv, benzoyl peroxide, witch hazel, […]

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We Try It: Vitamin E

Now that my acne is finally starting to clear up (Thank you jeebus!) I am left with a significant amount of red marks.  They are difficult to conceal even with make-up and in some ways even more frustrating than pimples because they are unattractive without the benefit of being poppable.  Obviously I am interested in […]

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We Try It: Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay

The Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay website lists a whole host of ancient VIPs who used clay masks, including Cleopatra and Pliney the Elder. Pliney the Elder?! Well, I have got to try this. The clay in this mask comes from Death Valley, Calif.