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About Lexica

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    Quite likely older and crankier than you
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  1. You expect people to agree to try something without even knowing what it is? Why on earth would we do that? I certainly don't add anything to my skincare regimen without doing research on what it is, how it works, and what effects and side effects I can expect -- and that's when the recommendation is coming from someone whose opinion I've grown to respect. You're effectively a complete stranger. I repeat, why on earth would we agree to try this substance you're pushing without even knowing what
  2. Don't you just want to scream when someone says "So just stop, what's so hard about that?" Well, OBVIOUSLY, if it were that easy, we wouldn't be having problems with it!
  3. If you check out the Biggest Mistakes People Make to Treat Acne:, What Not to Do AND What You Can Do thread (all 44 pages of it ), The_Snow_Queen recommends the Dove Sensitive Essentials Daytime Lotion (no SPF) highly.
  4. Mindfulness practice has been helpful for me. If I let myself go unmindful when I'm in front of the mirror, I can pick-pick-pick until I've done damage. If I work on staying present and staying aware of what I'm doing as I'm doing it, it's a lot harder to keep picking, and a lot easier to walk away from the mirror. My favorite Zen writer, Cheri Huber, says (paraphrasing from memory), "It doesn't matter what you do or don't do; what matters is how you do it or don't do it."
  5. Whereas for me, when I'm not on my antidepressant, I get suicidal. (Haven't gotten as far as actually making an attempt, but during a darker time I worked out exactly how I'd do it if I did.) I wish I'd been put on antidepressants earlier. I was diagnosed at 17, at which point my doctor said, "Well, your mother and I have both been thinking for a while that you were depressed, but since you're still an adolescent we thought it was better not to put you on the drugs." Maybe he was right -- it wa
  6. That might help -- I've read things from people who report that by doing things like removing all but one lightbulb in the bathroom (so it's darker and you can't see as well) or hanging a dark sheer over the mirror (so you can see well enough to brush your teeth but can't see any details) they've managed to significantly cut down on picking. I'm sure it's easier to do things like this if you live alone. My husband is supportive, but I still think he might think it was odd if I hung a curtain ov
  7. Another possibility: women are more likely to use concealer and foundation as a matter of course. They don't hide acne completely, but they can make it look much less obvious. Maybe you're looking right past the women with mild to moderate acne because they're really skilled with the concealer brush.
  8. Slate ran an article a few years back that rated the various OTC tooth-whitening options. They liked the Crest Whitestrips best.
  9. Stop Picking On Me! is a really good resource if you're struggling with picking. I found that just reading through it made it easier for me to resist the urge to pick. Which reminds me that I should go read through it again -- sort of a mental tune-up.
  10. I'll be interested to hear what you think of the Age Perfect. It really didn't work for me -- inadequate coverage, and by about mid-afternoon it settled into my pores, so I had tiny light dots all over my face. Ugh.
  11. I've been thinking that I need to look up a good naturopath and get checked for the things that allopathic medicine thinks are unimportant -- mineral levels, food sensitivities, that kind of thing. I've found on my own that fish oil and supplementing iron make a huge difference for me. Luckily, finding one shouldn't be too tough. This is the SF Bay Area -- "earthy-crunchy" is our birthright! [edited to correct a typo because I'm mildly compulsive that way ]
  12. Lexica


    True. If you get a crushable hat, though (mine's soft felt, for instance) you could wear it to protect your skin while you're standing in line (or eating lunch, or whatever else you're doing at the park) and then take it off and shove it in a pocket (or even sit on it) when you go on a ride. I'm just hugely pro-hat. :wub: