Cheek Madness

April 11, 2008

Today, I declared WAR! — on my skin. For the past two years, I’ve experienced everything from your normal flair ups, ‘connect the dots’ break outs, to the dreaded stress whelps. I decided to stop the insanity….doing the same thing, expecting different results — and seek professional help. So, I had my first visit to a dermatologist, and the verdict is in – adult acne. Boo! lol

The problem is concentrated on my cheeks only…thankful. I’ve never experienced totally flawless skin (who has?), but things have taken a prominent turn over the past couple of years, riding a pretty stressful season of life. I always joke that if I could duplicate the skin on my forehead to my cheeks, I’d be really good to go! But that’s not my story. So, I’m starting a skin program that starts at the root of issues — bacteria and stress.

Here’s a few reminders for myself (maybe you too) on this mission:

Clean Your Cell/phone

Now, when I’m on the cell or phone, I usually don’t press the phone against my cheeks, but I guess even a quick “brush against” is all dirt and germs need to attack the skin. So, be sure to clean the face of the phone with regular, drugstore alcohol (clear). Not in the cleaning business? Try using an earpiece for the cell. Those cordless house phones….I really need to get around to cleaning those.

Hands off!

Ok, when you live on-line at work and home like I do, it’s easy to lean your chin on your hands, put your cheek in your palm — you get the picture, too much contact. These are no-no’s….no matter how much you wash your hands. Keep your hands (and other people’s hands for that matter) off your face. Just thought about it….how often do you clean your keyboard? Me? Not hardly enough…esp. for someone who hates someone else using it (I don’t know where your hands have been lol). So when my fresh fingertips start tapping on toxic keys, and I touch my eyes, face, whatever…there ya have it.

Drink Water

The doc put me on an antibiotic and a creme/gel for my cheeks. As I’m taking these meds, the last thing I want to do is have the toxins floating around in my body. Girl…ya gotta flush it!! Funny, I joined the water club at work ’bout a month ago, bought a large cup for refills, and have been drinking tons of water (compared to my old ways — water intake through sweet tea with lemon lol). So I’m on the right track with this one…gotta keep it going tho. I’d like to get up to 75 oz per day (my recommended intake)….hmm, if I don’t drown first lol…that’s a lot of daggone water…how bad do I want it, right?

Change Your Lifestyle

Stress is a trip, folks. And how we deal with and process it is an even bigger trip. Why? I’ll speak for me. I don’t always handle stress from a lifestyle perspective. Sometimes, I respond to stress on a case-by-case basis. Whatcha mean?

Well, when you deal with stress on a case-by-case basis, you put yourself on the defensive. Something happens, catches you off guard, you respond. Most times, you’re unprepared as you try to flip the switch to “react” mode.

When you deal with stress from a lifestyle perspective, you put into practice those things that combat stress, whether you’re currently fighting a stressful situation or not. Prayer, meditation (silence works wonders), deep breathing, trust in God (for real), eating His words…..when these things are a part of our ‘lifestyle’, when they’re a “pattern on repeat” in our lives, the impact of stress (can’t get away from it…life=stress) would be less detrimental to our health, mental well-being — even our skin!

I hear you, self. I will make prayer and meditation more than just a onesie, twosie when things get haywire — I’ve gotta make it more of a lifestyle. It takes effort that I will pleasure in and benefit from. Ashe.Selah

Will keep you all posted on my progress. It’s time to take GOOD care of ourselves…inside and out :)!


4 Responses to “Cheek Madness”

  1. orneryswife Says:

    Your plan of attack sounds very wise. Stress is such a killer, on more levels than one. When we see the results, we are way in over our heads. Blessings to you as you move forward!

  2. ashe.selah Says:

    Thx TM! I’m past ready for a change, and can’t wait to post some successful ‘after’ pics (fingers and toes crossed lol). Keep ya posted lady…bless u :)!

  3. Jewells Says:

    I am battling a skin issue myself. I am in school (Monday is my last day…praise the Lord) for esthetics. Performing facial treatments on each other daily and using a product line that doesn’t quite well work with my skin has left it in pretty bad condition.

    Now that it is back smooth, I have the issues of hyperpigmentation to deal with. How am I supposed to apply for a job in the skin care industry with all of these dark spots on my face?

    Your plan sounds very wise. I’m going to clean my cell.

    Another thing to think about also changing your pillowcase daily.

    What are you washing your face with; hands, wash cloth? Are you using hot or cold water? Are you using a product with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide? Are you on a form of birth control? Could be a hormonal thing.

    You don’t have to answer those questions here. Just giving you some things to think about if you haven’t already.

    Best wishes!

  4. ashe.selah Says:

    OK…why did another friend just today tell me the same thing about pillowcases….hmmmm lol. She was explaining how she changes hers everyday…wow. The creme they have me on is benzoyl peroxide-based, but I was trying Murad (salicylic) before that. Feel free to share more thoughts/expertise here or drop me a line…preciate cha!

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