Friday, September 08, 2006

Embarrassing Personal Tidbit #1

[OK. I'm going to start putting myself out there. Like as in, I'm going to start a little "feature" on my blog where every so often I share a terribly embarrasing secret about myself. Why would I do such a thing? Maybe I'm bored or out of post ideas or maybe I just like making fun of myself. But more probably, I'm starting to feel more comfortable with you guys. And maybe I just want to share random, embarrasing facts about myself so you can get to know me a little bit better. Just don't make me regret this..... And if you want to keep me company, post an embarrasing secret on your own blog, leave me the link, and I'll stop by to read all about it.]


Zits. They have plagued me since puberty. Plagued me. I thought that once I entered my 20s, they would magically disappear. But noooooo. They're still here. Even after taking that vile poison Accutane for six months as a teenager. (For anyone unfamiliar with this Roche product, it's the stuff they give the people who just can't bear to be seen in public anymore cuz it's that bad.)

The thing is that I eat well, drink water, and keep my skin clean. Yeah, all that stuff. But it's genetic. And it's not fair. *stamps feet*

Over my lifetime, I've had them on my face.
On my neck.
On my chest.
On my back.
I've even had some on my upper arms.

But I've never had one in my ear before. Until today.

Stupid, fucking, stressful-ass government job. You're ruining my complexion! Damn you.

I would take a picture of my zit and post it here just to completely gross you out, but I can't because it's inside my fucking ear. WTF?


Blogger carrie said...

Confucious says:

There are no 2 worse places to get a pimple than 1) your ear and 2) your nose.

May you never have the later and may the former disappear soon! Burt's Bees Blemish Stick with tea tree oil may help!


1:04 AM  
Anonymous Supermom said...

OMG, too funny. I laugh only because I've been there, done that. I had perfect complexion all my life, until I turned 30... I was done having kids, and all of a sudden, I started breaking out all the time..

So unfair. For the one in your ear, I've heard you can try putting Visine on it (yeah, the red-eye stuff) Good luck, and nice blog!

3:58 AM  
Blogger monica said...

LMAO. Ok. I hear ya. I actually NEVER had them till I had my first son?! And I started to get these HUGE INSANE zits. Painful. Oh yeah, I was going through a divorce at the same time. Whether it was hormones or stress, I'm not sure but they were awful. It's a lot better now but every once and awhile... BOOM.

4:17 AM  
Blogger metro mama said...

Carrie...worse place - your ass.

4:24 AM  
Blogger Self-Proclaimed Supermom said...

I agree with Carrie. Tea tree oil could most definitely help.

And clear your sinuses LOL!

5:25 AM  
Blogger Mrs. Chicky said...

Ugh, the adult pimples are the worst. And in your ear? I am so sorry.

But I thank Carrie for that recommendation of the BB blemish stick. My jawline could use some help!

6:32 AM  
Anonymous mamatulip said...

I dated a guy for a long time in high school who had *terrible* acne and took Accutane. The side effects were awful, and just as his complexion started to clear up and it was proven that he did indeed have beautiful, milky white skin underneath the rocky white-headed mountains, we broke up.


I sympathyse with your ear zit -- they are the worst (I've had one in my ear before). Nose zits are awful too, and I've had a few on my neck before, too. NOT the place I want to get a zit, thankyouverymuch.

6:35 AM  
Blogger Amber said...

Ahhh, Acutane. I went on it THREE TIMES. Yes, count 'em, three times I had to endure my skin that dried off in flakes and lips so chapped they felt like they were going to fall off. No wonder I was such a babe in high school.

But I am proud to say that I no longer have acne. Only problem is I LIKE pinching zits, so just attack Hunky Hubby's....

6:55 AM  
Blogger Chantal said...

Oh god those hurt! Oh they hurt.

I'm not gonna be sharing my secrets. No one (and I mean that) would be friends with me if they knew some of things going on in my head. You're brave.

I do have one nasty looking excema plagued foot though. Does that help?

8:19 AM  
Blogger Nikkie said...

Okay, how the hell do you get a zit inside your ear? Thats just wrong! I still get them from time to time.

8:30 AM  
Blogger Catch said...

I knew a girl who took that accutane, I have to say it did a great job on here. I remember when I was going through puberty and I would get a pimple on my nose.....I didnt even want to go to school! lol

8:31 AM  
Blogger Andrea said...

And ONE MORE THING you and I have in common: Accutane as a teen. Vile stuff. I hated the peeling lips and palms, but I did get a kick out of the picture of the pregnant shilouette woman with the big red gash through the middle on the pill bubble package. That shilouette just looked off.

I've had the pimple in my ear. It sucks monkey butt. Right now, I have one just above my ear where my glasses rest. Those hurt like a sunofabitch.

8:44 AM  
Blogger Mary-LUE said...

I will not post this on my blog but I will share it here:

I have hemorrhoids. (Blushing)

That is the reason I had to have the colonoscopy, in addition to the endoscopy, to make sure it was just that and nothing more.

I don't mind posting about my sleep apnea. I will post a picture of me wired up for my sleep study.

I will disclose diverticulosis and GERD (really bad relux) but when it came time, I wrote mumble-mumble instead of fessing up to the 'rhoids.

It is just too embarrassing. (Still blushing.)

P.S. It's me, A Severe Mary, I changed my Blogger id.

8:52 AM  
Blogger Mommy off the Record said...

Carrie: Burt's Bees. I like that line, but have never tried the tea tree oil. Thanks for the tip! I wonder if it's OK to use in the ear canal...:)

Supermom: thanks for visiting. I've never heard of Visine, but I'll try anything!

Dubs: yeah, it's often the stress that brings them out for me too

Metro Mama: oh yeah, how could I forget the ass. I HAVE had one there, but that was rare. Wow--I'm REALLY letting it all there now.

SPS: something that helps with zits AND clears sinuses? Sign me up.

Mrs. Chicky: yes, there is something fundamentally wrong with acne in adulthood. Wrong, I say!

MamaTulip: at least his zits weren't what drove you away. You're a good person. :)

Amber: THREE times? Oh man. But look at your beautiful face. I would never have known!

Chantal: lol--I'm sorry about the excema. You'd think it'd make me feel better, but now I just feel bad for both of us. :)

Nikki: good question.

Catch: yeah, going to school with zits. is. the. worst.

Andrea: no SHIT! You were on it too? These coincidences are starting to get scary!

mary-lue (aka severemary): don't be embarrased! I bet if you polled a bunch of us, there'd be a high percentage who've had them. Thanks for sharing an embarrasing "secret". You rock.

9:05 AM  
Blogger soleclaw said...

I have had a couple in my ear, and those are the WORST. So painful!

I used to have fairly clear skin until I got pregnant. Now I have HORRIBLE skin. And I clean my face twice a day, moisturize, tone, etc. Stupid hormonal shift.

Thanks for the visine tip, supermom!

9:29 AM  
Blogger Zephra said...

I had em in my ear before. Very painful.

10:14 AM  
Blogger jennster said...

proactive? LOL
i think you're beautiful.. and didn't even notice anything but flawless skin when i saw you!

10:31 AM  
Anonymous slackermommy said...

I did Accutane too. Pimples improved but now I have terribly dry skin. There is nothing worse than having wrinkles and pimples. I get them in all the same places as you and Metro-mama, I've gotten the little fuckers on my ass too!

11:29 AM  
Blogger Mommy off the Record said...

Why thank you, Jennster. I owe it all to Mac Studio Fix. Good stuff.

Oh, and I'm totally heart-ing each of you who has admitted to having a zit on your ass. Bless you.

11:44 AM  
Anonymous O Mama Mia said...

NOT ProActiv, if your'e trying to get the belly bump!! So I was told by my Ob-Gyn... But I will always sing praises to the Burts Bees goodness, oh yeah!
ANd did you notice the coicidence that if you abbreeviated you Embarasing Personal Tidbits, its EPT... hhhmmmm... anything to do with humping for the bump?

12:20 PM  
Blogger Mona said...

I had the worst skin in high school. It was so bad that I cut up all copies of my senior portrait. I felt like such a facial leper. So I feel for you.

12:26 PM  
Blogger Mommy off the Record said...

o mama mia: humping for the bump? you crack me up.

12:46 PM  
Blogger lildb said...

oh, man, me TOO. and dude, I'm not happy about it. nevermind the twenties. breezed through those with the pimples happily riding along.

it's the mid-thirties creeping up that have me saying a very, very serious and accusatory "WHAT THE FUCK?" to those little, pussy red devils.


1:21 PM  
Blogger lildb said...

somehow, re-reading my comment, I'm seeing a triple-x word where there's supposed to be an allusion to pus. huh. did I misspell?


1:24 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

I've had them in my ear too. Apparently for men, there's a worse place to get it... And I think you know where I mean...

Oh and thanks for clicking... I think what counts is clicking on the ads that are on the site. Don't think you have to buy anything.... Just click away... THANKS!

1:29 PM  
Blogger Mamacita Tina said...

Zits, yea, had them for about 25 years, and still going strong. I don't think it's fair that I'm beginning to wrinkle and have zits at the same time. THIS SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED!

1:40 PM  
Blogger carrie said...

I tagged you for a Meme, so you can get your mind off that painful zit for a moment!

Hope you don't mind. :)


1:54 PM  
Blogger Babaloo said...

Great idea for a regular feature. I love it! I still break out too (I just turned 40), but fortunately it is just one a time and far and few between. Never had one in my ear, though. Sounds pretty sucky.

2:59 PM  
Blogger radioactive girl said...

I got my first breakouts when I was pregnant with my last baby. It was bad. So bad that I cried about it. It's better now, but still not perfect like it used to be. I can not figure out why my teenage years were totally fine and now I would have trouble. I agree with the foot just isn't fair!

3:23 PM  
Blogger Oh, The Joys said...

Two pieces of internet solidarity for you, from me, whilst I am in Seattle on vacation...

1.) I have had them on my butt.

2.) I once went to the school nurse in high school and ANNOUNCED in front of 40,000 other teens in the nurses office that I had a heinous cyst on my face. She YELLED, "HONEY, IT'S A ZIT (ZIT, ZIT, ZIT - that's the echo!)

Can you feel my shame?

3:35 PM  
Anonymous Moobs said...

I had acne at school. I was given a "topical ointment" that was supposed to be applied once a day. I applied it once evry 5 minutes and ended up looking like Roddy McDowell in Planet of the Apes

4:49 PM  
Blogger The Flip Flop Mamma! said...

I've had ear zits before...THEY ARE SOO PAINFUL!! I hate them. Really, really hate them...I've had them about 3 times and each time I thought I was getting an ear infection and then realized "oh no, it's just a freakin' zit!" How gross!!!!!!

6:36 PM  
Anonymous wendy boucher said...

Glad there wasn't a picture. You have my compassion without it. Zits are a scourge.

7:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apparently your skin, like mine, has not gotten the memo that we are adults and are therefore too old for acne. Blecch. Yeah, ear zits suck. I got them in high school from talking on the phone too much. Of course, I had pretty clear skin otherwise until I was seventeen. I had enough other preteen angst, though.
For lildb, the adjective form of "pus" is "purulent." -Ohio Mama

7:28 PM  
Blogger Tracie said...

I have the same problem....except mine didn't get bad until my 20's...and it always makes me feel like "hey, didn't I get out of this stage already!"

I've had the zit in the ear hurts.

9:50 PM  
Blogger Great Day said...

my hubby is going to kill me for this, but once he got one on his penis!

It could be worse, it could always be worse!

11:28 PM  
Blogger Emma Kaufmann said...

I used to have terrible pus heads as a teenager. I even had one inside a nostril once...which beats getting one in your ear. Plus, it's harder to squeeze.

3:23 AM  
Blogger EC said...

I have 2 zits in my nose RIGHT NOW!!

Hope that makes you feel a bit better ;)

6:28 AM  
Blogger beth said...

Last night I found a zit on my boob. My boob. The boob I feed my son with. Awful.

Adult acne is truly horrible. I had really bad skin for a lot of high school and I always feel like I already paid my dues so I shouldn't have to deal with it anymore...and yet I do. Hey, at least no one can see it inside your ear!

Thanks for your last comment. I'm sure I'll write more about Waldorf as I experience more of it.

9:57 AM  
Blogger gingajoy said...

ME FUCKING TOO! and I HAVE had at least one in my ear, and painful below the skin throbbing one's too--and how can you bust one of those buggers when it's in your freaking ear??? (believe me, I have tried)

yes, i am wondering when puberty will end. you know it's sad when you are buying neutrogena's "antiWrinkle/Anti Blemish" combo cleanser...

actually, i need to buy some more proactiv. i hate to say it and give jessica simpson some props, but that shit works. i just wish you could buy it at the m.f. store, and not get into some triangle scheme when you buy online. and did one of your commenters say it was bad for reproduction? yikes! must look into that one.


11:38 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

Wow. I have never had a zit on my face. But, before you stone me...know that I have the ugliest, most cavity prone teeth on the planet. BOTH of my parents had dentures before they were 30. I have to go to the dentist every 3 months because I have plaque build- up that is so bad that I have to get it chiseled off.

Like Roseanne Roseannadanna says, "IT IS ALWAYS SOMETHING!"

2:45 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Inside your nose? That was my WORST.

I went for Proactiv a year or so ago. I like it. I also like Burts bees stuff, as it doesn't make me break out.

But I ain't having no mo babies.

5:02 PM  
Anonymous chelle said...

You know I was so mad that "they" lied and said I would grow out the pimple stage. I so totally still have pimples...after kids I am so trying proactive! It worked for Jessica! And P-Diddy!

7:32 PM  
Anonymous Izzy said...

I've been mildly acne prone since my mid twenties (NONE during my teen years) but it got pretty bad after my daughter was born. I was getting back acne and crap like that.

Are you on birth control? If you are, you might switching to Yasmin. It minimizes the androgenic hormones that we all have (some have more than others) that are largely responsible for acne. It worked pretty well for me when I used to take it. I'm getting ready to start back on it.

9:42 PM  
Blogger Jodi said...

Lovely mental image. Thank you MOTR. :)

I have had zits in my ears too, hurt like a *K%*%&^!

And the WORST acne I have had is when I was pregnant. I looked like a teenager, only I never had acne as a teenager. Goodness. it wasn't pretty, trust me.

10:01 PM  
Anonymous Guinevere Meadow said...

Hi, I just clicked over here from "Growing A Life" and I would love to share a virtual margarita with you, being that I am 6 months preggo and I DREAM about the day I can have another margarita. Sigh.

So what embarassing secret can I share with you, since you shared one with me on my very first visit? Oh! I got one! I can't burp. It's very sad. Everyone tries to "teach" me but to no avail. Instead, I get these awful gas bubbles that build up in my chest and come out as really loud, slow, rumbles. It sounds like a big garbage truck driving over a bridge or something. LOL!

12:06 AM  
Blogger crazymumma said...

I used to not go to school some days because my skin was so bad.

Have you tried facials? Don't do it mself, but heard it works. Also i think there is some sort of electric zit zapper that you can pay for at spa type places....

5:40 PM  
Blogger virtualsprite said...

Oh, I am so glad I stopped by here today! Now I know that I am truly not alone with the zits in the ear and up the nose, on the butt or on your back where you can't reach but it hurts like a son-of-a-bitch when you lean back against your chair...

Now I will have to try the Proactiv stuff. My mom's been cutting out the ads for years (she's got beautifully clear skin and has been embarassed by my acne for 30 years.)

Good luck Mommy off the record! We're pulling for you!

6:50 PM  
Blogger Catherine said...

Yes, government work-induced physical ailments bite the big one! And I could have SWORN I posted a comment here already. I'm thinkin' I forgot to hit the publish button? Anyway, hang in there, Sweetie. And take comfort in the fact that you are SO not alone on this one. :)

5:09 AM  
Blogger Karla said...

OUCH. That sounds like it hurts.

9:54 AM  
Blogger Lawyer Mama said...

Ouch!! I hear ya. It's completely unfair that we have to endure zits afert puberty.

I once had one under one of my ta tas, right where the strap of my bra hit - OWWIE!

12:35 PM  
Blogger kittenpie said...

ugh, I thought I had gotten away with it, a life without acne, and then I turned 18. Adn it started. STARTED AT 18! WTF was that? And yeah, now it goes with my cycle. Spotty T-zone half the month, lovely the other half. Fack.

12:54 PM  
Blogger Dirty Birdie Duex said...

I used to have horrible break outs too until I tried a Benzoil Peroxide regimen. I didn't think it would work but I figured I would give it a try and after a couple weeks, I had clear skin.

If you are interested in knowing how the regimen works e-mail me and I'll lay it all out for you

3:30 PM  
Blogger Dirty Birdie Duex said...

p.s. I know that sounded a lot like a spammer LOL but I'm serious and it's a cheap fix really it is. I'm not trying to sell products from my home, you can get the stuff at any drugstore.

3:32 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Yup, those can hurt!
Burt's Bees products are the best, I am going to try that Blemish stick that Carrie suggested!
Thanks for having the guts for sharing these tidbits with us....we all have embarassing things, that is what we have to always remember.

4:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

for all those who the zits keep on comming in ur ears well use a qtip to pop it i get them from time to time so far thats the best way i found to get rid of em quick. and if u talk on the phone a lot try to clean at least once a day like your face.

9:08 AM  
Anonymous Katie said...

I have found the best way to get rid of ear zits is to have someone else pop them. I get them fairly often because of my headphone usage.

There is this little metal tool I found at walgreen's called a "Zit Zapper." It has a rounded tip like the end of a bobby pin, and a flatter tip. In jr. high I used to have my mom pop them for me, but now I have to do it myself. Its crazy hard when you can't see it.

2:13 PM  
Anonymous katie said...

So it turns out its not called a zit zapper. Its called a pore extractor.


2:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been getting ear zits like no tomorrow. I've always had great skin. It's so disgusting (especially when it scabs) that I cancelled an ear-piercing. :(

1:41 PM  

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