I was one of those annoying teenagers who cruised through high school with only the very occasional pimple. I made it through my twenties with hardly a blemish. My thirties rolled around and all of a sudden, my skin rebelled. I’m not sure why, but for the longest time it’s been just a chin issue. Getting acne in this area is hormonal and sure enough, when it’s about to be that time of the month (you know ladies, when Mother Nature is giving you your monthly gift – the one you’d like to return) out pops a little something special. I go through times when it gets better, and times when it takes all of my guts to leave the house. Just this winter, I’ve been enjoying (insert sarcastic voice here) some breakouts on my forehead and one or two near my nose. It’s frustrating because no matter what I do, they just don’t go away. I go to an acne clinic where I get my faced rubbed with dry ice and searingly painful cortisone injections, I take antibiotics, use prescription skin cream, nothing scented touches my face, I get regular facials and nothing seems to work for any great length of time.
I decided to see what Dr. Oz and his “You Being Beautiful” sidekick, Dr. Roizen recommend. According to them, 40% of US adults suffer from acne. Even though misery loves company, that doesn’t make me feel better about my skin problems. Apparently, in Papua, New Guinea the number is close to 0. Rather than move so far away, I decided to take a look at some of the “Whiz-ard’s” suggestions. Apparently a lack of omega 3 fatty acids may be the culprit. Some good sources are walnuts, avacados, ground flaxseed, canola and fish oils. I used to eat more walnuts, but between all of the nuts that I have been having, I think I need to have some more variety so flaxseed it is! I’ll pick up some over the weekend and try it. I have a feeling, that like everything, it will take several weeks to make a difference so I’ll keep you posted.
Since I’m affected by acne, you will be hearing much more about this. It has made me more sensitive to others – when I see a teenager with terrible cystic acne, it breaks my heart because you know that in addition to dealing with this painful skin condition, they are probably bullied by their peers. Heartbreaking – truly!
This is the end of another week in my year of living Oz-ily. I haven’t spent any money this week on Oz related merchandise. I can’t even really count You Being Beautiful – I bought it about four years ago. It was $9.99 at the time so if you are interested in it, it’s likely on a sale table near you. The perfect night sleep is still eluding me but I’m keeping up with most of what I learned last month. I still have to try meditation though. When I finally get to it, I’ll write about it.