Thursday, March 31, 2005

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I have relatively clear skin. I get zits, just like the normal girl that I be, but I don't freak out about them, because they aren't nearly the horrible little suckers I used to get when I was a pre-teen/teen-ager prior to my discovery of the fact that what you eat DOES make a difference, and I cut out all dairy.

I developed a lovely case of melasma (discoloration of the skin that makes it darken a bit abnormally) a couple of years ago due to a switch in birth control. I have since switched back to my old kind of birth control pills, but it hasn't helped the melasma much, to be honest. I haven't developed any additional spots, though, so that's good. And the spots I do have are in places where it just looks natural, really...across the top of my cheekbones under my eyes, and that sort of thing. Looks sort of like discoloration due to freckles after I put make-up on. So it's not so bad.

But today, I noticed that my "liver spots" are growing in number and are becoming more obvious to me when I glance in the mirror. I used to have just the one up by my right eye. It's been there for years, and was one of the reasons I quit tanning on purpose, and started wearing a minimum 25 SPF at all times on my face. Since the melasma occurrence, I have started using an even stronger 25 SPF on my face. First I used one that they sell at my dermatologists office for $100 a tube. But that's just not realistic, people. It's a cool formula, yeah, because even though it's zinc-oxide based, it doesn't make me look whiter than I am. It had a nifty way of sinking in on my skin that wasn't greasy feeling, or mask-ish, or anything. But I can't afford to keep using that stuff, so I found an alternative when I was at Sephora last year that does the job. It does make me a bit "white", but my foundation helps that problem, and I'm more concerned about the health of my skin than I am about whether I look a bit paler than I should.

Anyway, I now have another liver spot on my right cheek, another one right below that which is a bit larger, but not too dark, and then two on my left cheek, both of which are relatively new, and are pretty pale at this point.

I call them "liver spots" because they aren't birth marks. My mom always had skin abnormalities like this, too. And we called them "liver spots" so that's what I call mine. I don't know why we call them that. Because they're the same color as liver? No, that doesn't make sense. I don't know. They aren't birth marks, though. I guess they must be moles. The one next to me right eye worries me the most, if that's the case, because it seems to be getting darker, and it has one very dark, but teeny-tiny, spot on it's upper edge.

None of them are raised or getting larger in size, though. They've pretty much stayed the same as they always have been since they originally showed up. Except for their deepening in color, as of late.

Why are they so much more obvious to me all of a sudden? Should I worry about them? There's not much I can do to help, as I already take call the precautions in the world when it comes to being in the sun for even a 15 minute period of time.

Anyway, just thought I'd share my liver spot horrors with you. I'm still pretty as hell, dammit, so it's not like it's making me all self-conscious and making me think I'll never get laid again because of my spotty face. Huh-uh...but I do probably need to visit my dermatologist again soon. Dammit.

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