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Skin Picking - A Cautionary Tale

12 August 2014 - 07:31 PM

I've been a picker since I was a teenager.  Somehow, as much as I try to remind myself that they might not get all noticeable, I still pick.  This week, I think I finally had a scare that really made me think about what I'm doing.


I had a spot on my elbow that's been lingering.  It may have been a zit, but it would get swollen, and sometimes I'd pick and squeeze some pus out.  It was actually doing reasonably well until Sunday, when I went after it and picked at it.  Big mistake.


Monday morning, while I was still half asleep, I was vaguely aware that my elbow was quite sore.  When I woke up, I saw that I had a cyst the size of a ping pong ball that wasn't there before.  Uh oh.  I had a very bad feeling it could be an abscess, and something told me I really need to see a doctor.  My doctor saw me, took one look and said it doesn't look good, and could be infected.  He sent me straight from his office to an orthopedic surgeon, who was better equipped to relieve it.  He didn't think it looked good either, and said if it's an abscess I might have to go to the ER.  Oh boy, now I'm getting scared, and kicking myself because I should have left it alone.


Fortunately, it turned out to be full of blood, not pus.  He sent what he drained off to the lab to make sure it wasn't an infection, but what came out was not pus.  He gave me antibotics to be on the safe side, but he's pretty sure it was more like a giant blood blister.  It's still a noticeable bump, but it's getting smaller and not nearly as sore.


So, after a bit of a scare, now I'm catching myself picking at my other bumps.  All I can say is I hope others learn from my mistake, and don't pick!

Wet Shaving Better Than Electric?

14 November 2013 - 03:21 PM

I've gone back and forth between wet shaving and electric shaving.  I went back to wet shaving a few weeks ago, but instead of canned shave gel and a Gillette disposable (Fusion or Mach 3), I went old school.  I got a double edged safety razor, Proraso shave soap (contains eucalyptus and menthol) and a badger brush.  I slap some witch hazel on as an aftershave.


I'm starting to wonder if my electric was causing me more irritation, because my skin has been doing well since I went back to wet shaving.  I'm still mastering the double edged blade and I still get the occasional nick, but a dab from the styptic pencil takes care of them.  Certainly the quality of the shave is much better and closer than the electric razor.

Can't Change Password

22 July 2013 - 02:39 PM

Some time ago, I forgot my password.  I still have the e-mail with the new high-security password, but whenever I try to change it, it just says it failed.  I've tried logging out and logging back in.  It would be nice to use one I can remember.

Too Much Caffeine?

21 March 2013 - 01:22 PM

I think I was getting too much caffeine lately, I would often have 4-5 cups of coffee a day.  Noticed I could still be wide awake at 2 AM, then finally crash and be really slow to get up in the morning.  On top of that, my left eye would get spasms several times a day.


So, starting this weekend I limited myself to one cup of regular coffee in the morning, and if I get to craving some in the afternoon I'll get decaf.  I can certainly get to sleep easier, my twitchy eye isn't twitching, and my pimples aren't as irritated.


So was the caffeine really messing with my skin, or is it coincidental?  Or was it indirectly related because I wasn't sleeping well?

Are Constipation And Acne Related?

31 December 2012 - 02:04 PM

While I managed to change my diet, increased fruits and veggies, and I'm reducing refined sugar, I had a little bout with the plumbing not working right, apparently not getting enough fiber.  Suffice to say, things got stopped up in an unpleasant way.  I started taking some psyllium seed fiber (generic Metamucil), and things are much happier now.  Would that have affected my skin?