Friday, May 17, 2013

The Time I Lost More Than Extra Hair

When it comes to skin, I have the worse. If I'm not breaking out like a 14 year old boy in the throws of puberty, I have large areas of dry skin. 

As a teenager, I had acne EVERYWHERE so I did my best to cover it up. I wore thick heavy makeup and wore tops to cover my chest and back to hide the blemishes. I tried every medicine on the market, including once a day antibiotics. I even tanned on a regular basis hoping that would help but nothing worked.

When I turned 22, I found an amazing dermatologist who would give me what I wanted. Accutane. Accutane is a form of vitamin A. It reduces the amount of oil released by oil glands in your skin, and helps your skin renew itself more quickly. I'm sure you've heard about all the horrible side effects from this medication. For example, Accutane can cause severe, life-threatening birth defects. Because of these risk, I had to use two specific forms of birth control and have regular pregnancy tests before, during, and after taking the medication.

At the time, the birth control and pregnancy tests were more than worth it. I just had to get this skin under control.

In six months, my skin went from broke out and oily, to smooth and (nearly) flawless. I couldn't be happier. For the first time, for long as I could remember, I had great skin! I was overjoyed.

The happiness I felt was soon replaced by "You have got to be friggin' kidding me?" when I got my eyebrows waxed for the first time.

Photo was taken 5 days after the waxing appointment.
See those arrows? That's to help you notice the skin that is missing and been replaced with red scabs. Nothing says I feel pretty like red, scabby, flaky eyebrows.

I couldn't believe it. I might have flawless (to me) skin but now I look like some weirdo with burnt flesh. Okay, I might be overreacting but the picture doesn't even do the pain I was in justice. I had raw skin and it hurt to wash my face. And when I applied make-up, well, damn if that didn't burn.

No, I'm back to trying to find a solution to help shape my eyebrows without wax because apparently, a side effect that was NEVER mention to me, is that Accutane can make your skin thinner and more substitutable to burns.

Oy! Any suggestions?

2 comments:

  1. What about "thredding"? Where they use a piece of thred to get the hair out. I've never done it personally but have seen it done at the mall kiosks before. My coworker knows how to do it. Or go to someone to professionally shape them using tweezers?

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  2. OUCH!! So sorry girl. I tweeze and am pretty obsessive about it... Sorry I don't have better advice!

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