Of all the social media platforms I have, I could go the longest without Facebook. It’s not as quick as Twitter, not as insanely pleasing as Tumblr. It’s, as the kids say – basic. However, without it I would have never scrolled along and stumbled upon Dinuki Suraweera’s Huffington Post article, “How Having Adult Acne Made Me More Accepting of Other Women.” In it she detailed her struggle with facial imperfections after moving to New York City, which she told me of the move and the outbreak, “I think your skin takes a toll when your life is thrown off balance like that.”
At first I wanted to talk to a dermatologist about this topic, but after contacting a few and not hearing back – it was fate this article popped up in my feed. A doctor can tell you this and that, but when it comes to living with it, who better than someone like Dinuki? So we’ll find out more about this 31-year-old copywriter’s struggle with acne as an adult and how she got through it all.
Pimples, zits, acne – whatever you call it, it’s a commonality of life. There is no one on earth who’s gone through puberty who hasn’t had at least one or two or three breakouts that have left them freaking out. I mean, just one pimple on prom night has been the plot line of at least 300 teen-related TV shows and movies, right? That’s teenagers though. When you’re that age, looks are weighed ten times heavier than any other era of your life…or so we think. According to Richard Fried’s Healing Adult Acne: Your Guide to Clear Skin & Self-Confidence, “Recent studies suggest that adult acne is becoming increasingly common,” adding, “…many will have their acne worsen substantially as they enter their twenties with more extensive and inflamed lesions.” He says it’s because “Adult acne lesions tend to be deeper, more cystic and more localized” than the kind of acne that comes about in your teens.
This week we scratched the surface of plastic and cosmetic surgery. Candice let us know it was her time in retail that influenced her, Botched proved that doing your homework is key and I, well I’m only for it if you were born looking like Disney’s Quasimodo. With all that said, let’s look at the most popular procedures according to the almighty “you probably have cancer” site, WebMD. (more…)
There are a lot of people who walk away from their plastic surgery procedures without much pain or scarring. Candice didn’t have too much trouble with hers and she’s lucky for that because for those who decide to go the cheap route or just get the short end of the stick with theirs – it’s not so great dealing with. On top of health problems that could lead to death, we’ve seen a number of oddities come through Botched on E! From one breast winding up bigger than the other to horrendous scarring to well, most recently a man who went in to get his breast implants taken out…implants he got as part of a bet almost two decades ago. See, that’s a case of too much money and not enough sense.
…not many do it, and it’s fake when they do. This has been a sentiment of mine since I was in high school, or perhaps it was college. I can’t remember if it was something scribbled on my wall as a teen or on my MySpace come early adulthood. Nevertheless, the idea of looking a certain way has always been a concern. I’m human of course. To find someone 100% okay with the way they look would be harder to find than a unicorn. While I struggled with my own look for years, be it wishing for less pigment, wanting the scale to play a lighter tune or cursing my curly hair – I never once thought plastic surgery was something that’d change how I felt about my outward appearance. Maybe the fat sacks I swear mock the upper part of my arms, but in reality – nah, plastic surgery, in my opinion, should be reserved for those who are by all means…disfigured past “normal.”