Zit-free zone

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 Permalink

This post is brought to you by Clearasil and yours truly (aka, the squeezer!)

I don’t always count my blessings, but I do – in fact – appreciate the important stuff. Like my lack of pimples, for example.

When many of my friends were beleaguered by acne in our teens, I remained pretty much pimple-free. Indeed my own brother suffered from pesky pimples while I remained unscathed. I figured it was because the DNA gods had bestowed upon me a face full of freckles, they figured that adding pimply skin to the mix was a bit too cruel.

That’s not to say I haven’t had my fair share of zits. What they lack in quantity they generally make up for in quality (and by that I mean gruesomeness and size). And… I will confess, I’m a squeezer. I know it’s a cardinal sin but I. Cannot. Help. Myself: I squeeze. (And squeeze and squeeze and squeeze.)

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So, in my adult years I’m not only scarred (literally) from the 1970-80s sun (made worse by applying coconut oil as one *ahem* did back then!) but also from pimple scars.

It would be fine if I could wear makeup, but I actually can’t. (Not sure I’ve ever mentioned that before. I sweat too much when I put stuff on my face, so I can only wear moisturiser to bed – IF it’s cool; and for special occasions I wear lipstick to add a bit of colour and take the emphasis away from my freckles, blemishes and scars!)

I try to look after my skin, though now I’m not working can’t afford many of the expensive cleansers, toners, scrubs, masks and moisturisers I once bought. I’m also increasingly conscious of the need for added protection from the sun. (Particularly given that my father ultimately passed away as a result of a very aggressive type of skin cancer!)

I use an inexpensive facial cleanser (while lolling in the bath), which is cost-effective and – like all Clearasil products – easily available from supermarkets here in Oz.

I am – however – also continuing to use Clearasil Deep Cleansing Wipes on my face after exercise. When I was gymming every lunchtime I’d perspire A LOT and although I’d wash my face it never felt clean, so I’d use a cleansing wipe.

And nowadays, I often don’t shower straight after a Zumba or yoga class or walk. I’ll sit at my computer for a bit, or prepare dinner etc, but I hate the idea of sweat sticking to my skin, so use a cleansing wipe on my face, neck and decolletage so I feel ‘clean’. Although I have fairly dry skin I don’t find the wipes too drying. I just like that fresh clean feeling I get after using them – as if I’ve cleansed, scrubbed and toned.

Nowadays I’m mostly plagued by pimples on my chin around THAT time of the month (well, for a week or two around THAT time of the month!). I’ve had a few recently and I suspect some stress has contributed. I still squeeze them unfortunately. Like my dieting / bingeing behaviour, it’s something I know I shouldn’t do but CANNOT HELP MYSELF. I’ve tried all of the usual cures – toothpaste, to dry the pimple out; or antiseptic creams to avoid infection; or expensive creams to treat the area. But, I find myself going back to something I discovered my niece using: Clearasil Tinted Pimple Clearing Cream.

Basically it’s a pimple cream that treats the area AND covers it at the same time. As I can’t wear makeup I can’t cover the scary pimples (made worse by my squeezing) with primer or foundation; but I can dab some Tinted Pimple Clearing Cream on the offending spot and surrounds and it’s such a small area that my skin doesn’t get agitated and I don’t start sweating. Perfect.

Clearasil products have been around for yonks. They were around when I was a kid and I remember my acne-prone brother using them. There’s a reason for their longevity: the fact that they’re tried, true and trusted. The website also has an excellent and easy guide to the type of Clearasil skin care products would best suit your requirements.

Did you suffer from acne or the occasional pimple as a youngster? (Or – if I have any teenage readers – do you still?)
Do you still get zits, even though you’re old older?
Are you a Clearasil user? Or a squeezer?

Disclaimer:
 This is a sponsored post, however all opinions expressed in this space are mine, written with the objective of giving readers my personal opinion of the products discussed. It’s my pimple as well in case you’re wondering. Ahhh… the lengths I go to for my craft! 😉 

I’m linking up with Jess and her IBOT team today as well!

22 Comments
  • Yvette @ Little Bento Blog
    August 13, 2013

    ahh pimples.. I have had them since I was 10 and the are still with me.. like an annoying friend you just can’t get rid of!! My face is pimpled scared and blackheads bigger than the congo jungle.. I might hunt out the pimple tinting and try it!

    • Debbish
      August 13, 2013

      Yes Yvette, I like that I can use it when going out and about and it covers the pimple (while treating it at the same time!!!).

  • Char
    August 13, 2013

    I think it’s one of God’s cruellest jokes to be still giving me pimples occasionally when I’m on the cusp of menopause. I had pimples as a teenager and honestly thought by now I’d never have to endure another one. Not so. For my 49th birthday I sported a particularly fetching one on the end of my nose. Yes, I could have been mistaken for a witch.

    • Debbish
      August 13, 2013

      I hate the blind pimples which are common for me – esp on my chin. I can feel them pulsating under my skin and sometimes they never properly appear… which is naturally why I squeeze my skin to death hoping SOMETHING comes out and relieves the angry spot! (I do talk about the good stuff, don’t I?!)

      • Char
        August 13, 2013

        I don’t think that there’s enough blogs that talk about pus and pooing in the bushes.

        • Debbish
          August 13, 2013

          Oh absolutely. Plus I did the post recently about my period, although I tried not to be too graphic! 😉

  • Jess
    August 13, 2013

    I am definitely not a zit free zone! Love clearasil ultra for clearing up spots and their wipes for post sweat session!

    • Debbish
      August 14, 2013

      Yep… the wipes are great for that. My face just feels cleaner than from water alone and I can take them anywhere to use them (which is why they were great when I was gymming every lunchtime!).

  • Jody at Six Little Hearts
    August 13, 2013

    What is it about zits that makes you actually want to circle them with textas?! Somehow I feel better about them if I point the existence of them out to everyone I meet! Thankfully zit-free at present due to breastfeeding but dreading their return when the hormones are working again!

    • Debbish
      August 13, 2013

      Oh Jody, I’m the same. I feel obliged to comment on my pimples – JUST in case complete strangers didn’t notice them.

      I haven’t had kids so didn’t know that breastfeeding helped… guess it’s a hormonal thing?!

  • Mrs BC
    August 13, 2013

    I was pimple free as a teen too, although as a 45 year old woman I am getting the occasional zit – most annoying! Glad to hear you have found a solution.
    x

    • Debbish
      August 13, 2013

      I’m yet to work out how to prevent them (sadly) and given that mine are hormonal (although perhaps all are?!?!) they may not be preventable, but I figure getting them covered up and cleared as quickly as possible is the best I can do!

      PS. I’m 45 as well. I just asked my 69yr old mother if she still gets pimples and she said no. So I guess there are some benefits to getting ‘old’. (Sorry mum! You’re not THAT old! Really!)

  • Liz@LastChanceTraining
    August 13, 2013

    Hate them! Get big hormonal horrors!

    • Debbish
      August 13, 2013

      Yes. I asked a beautician about the ones on my chin and she said they’re hormonal. #alas

      I do occasionally get a small one appear elsewhere but I cover it with my tinted cream and it’s gone in no time.

  • EssentiallyJess
    August 13, 2013

    Yep I still get them (had a shocking week last week) and i’m a squeezer too. Can’t help myself; it’s way too much fun

    • Debbish
      August 14, 2013

      I know. I actually read something about ‘the need to squeeze pimples’ being some sort of disorder. I must google it and see if it’s true!

  • Emily @ Have a laugh on me
    August 13, 2013

    SHIT – they drive me mental, what is the point in ageing if we can’t escape ZITS – GRRR

    • Debbish
      August 14, 2013

      I know Emily, you’d think there’d be SOME benefit to getting older!

  • The Miss Cinders
    August 13, 2013

    I started getting pimples full on when I was 29 after having baby #5. Have to love thyroid issues *sigh*

    My teen boys have constant issues with pimples. They are both scarred and desperately hate looking in the mirror at them.

    MC x
    #teamIBOT

    • Debbish
      August 14, 2013

      Hi there and thanks for dropping by. Oh, I have thyroid issues as well but hadn’t realised it could be linked with my skin and pimples. Very interesting.

      I keep telling myself that one day – when I can afford it – I’ll have some laser surgery to get rid of my scarring and freckles etc. Perhaps that’s an option down the track for your boys – though I do think the scarring does fade a bit with time!

      Deb

  • Lou lou
    August 14, 2013

    I have such sensitive skin i can basically not use anything! Those cleansing wipes burn my face off!

    • Debbish
      August 14, 2013

      Eek! That would make life hard. I guess your beauty options are far more limited then… (and probably expensive!!!)

      Deb

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