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So…this is what I’m dealing with right now

November 15th, 2011 9 Comments

I have no idea what the H is going on with my face right now.  I mean, I have clear skin 99.9% of the time.  My best guess is that the quick onset of humidity in Houston and work stress did this to me.

Now I’m dealing with a breakout of epic proportions.  That red spot on the side of my nose is actually a knot the size of my pinky.  And it huuuuuurrrrts.

Yesterday I went to a random med spa in a panic.  The dermatologist (an actual doctor) sold me “prescription” products by Glycone:  a night cream to mix with a benzoyl peroxide gel and a bleach to take away the redness and keep the spots from turning brown.  I also have an antibiotic to fill today that she claims will clear my skin up in a day.  Total cost: $160.  I also need to buy a salicylic acid wash.  Thinking either Skin Ceuticals or PTR.  I really want the Rodan + Fields system, but I’m holding out for the Anti-aging regimen, not the Blemish line.

We’ll see what happens.  Make up is no match for these guys so I’ll be staying home as long as possible.

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  • Jose Grinan

    Mary,
    Please check the bath and shower products you use. Have you tried anything new lately? If so, check to see if it has quaternium or polyquaternium in them. I had a similar episode with my face several years ago. But I had open lesions under both eyes and rashes/spots on eyelids and forehead. Now, I check all new products… cause a Baylor skin allergy test came up positive for quaternium. Now my face, and other parts I will not name are okay.
    I just wanted to pass this on… ’cause I didn’t know anything about it until I had the allergy test.
    Hope all turns out well with your skin.

    • Thanks for the input Jose.

      The herbal oils in Aveda products make me break out, but I haven’t been using anything new recently.

  • Rober Kalati

    URGENT ADVICE NEEDED :))
    Hello Mary, I am going to a real estate seminar at the avery fisher hall in the lincoln center. I want to take photographs of the event and the people there for my new web site. What is your advise ? What is good etiquet .. do I ask for permission befor taking photos is it rude to just show up at an event and take pictures ? Please advise .. with Gratitude .. Robert Kalati

  • Sarah

    OMG Mary! So sorry! This happened to me awhile back (pre-accutane) and I used Mario Badescu healing stuff (the pink bottle) on the cystic bumps I had. It is only $19 bucks and a total dream. It cleared those puppies up in a day.

    Fingers crossed they go away soon.

    Ps- COME TO NYC! WE MISS YOU!

  • Mary, Did your fave get better in a day as promised? Did you end up liking the products? What ended up working? I am dealing with my own breakout at the moment and can completely understand wanting to stay at home! I rushed and got a vitalize peel yesterday…waiting for my skin to start falling off now :)

    • Ouch Jennifer!

      The products prescribed by the Dermotologist worked, but as I continued to use them, they seem to have lost their power.

      I think I just need a good old fashioned facial….which we should really get once a month.

      My next skin investment will be a Botox refill and Restylane under my eyes along with the new Rodan + Fields products I’ll buy from my friend Andrea. They’re pretty amazing in terms of smoothing skin texture.

  • Marlene

    I have NO idea how you became a model. You have the ugliest knees I have ever seen. Your undereyes tell me your oh…about 45, 50?
    AND No. The Clarisonic does not cause wrinkles. If you can blow 200 bucks on a facial brush and then just “ditch” it you are a dumb, rich bitch.
    Act your fuckin age, stop dressing in teenagers clothes.

  • Hi Mary,
    Have you tried SkinMedica? I’m on week two after having the vitalize peel using strictly the products. And I’m loving the results. I did spend way too much and some of the products are made with baby foreskin. But I’m almost sold that its the way to go – I’ve wasted mad cash on tons and tons of different creams – that accumulate under my sink.

    PS I love your blog, I’m a misplaced Houston girl who misses home. And I think your knees are lovely.