That means I think it is UNFAIR, people.
I'm 43 years old. I still get pimples. Zits. Acne. Call it what you want. Not only do I still get pimples, I also get these foul, painful, deep cysts on my face brought on totally by hormones. Without too much detail, they are completely hormonal and have nothing to do with cleaning your face or having acne. They are a pain in the ass to get rid of unless I can get into the dermatologist for him to inject them. They last for weeks and leave a lump and occasionally a temporary scar. (Despite that, I don't look like scar face. My picture is right up there.)
My sweet friend Lela gets these, too. Just one more reason we are friends for life.
So in my opinion, that's enough of the ugly humiliations of skin disorders.
BUT NO. Tuesday was the day my body threw me another curve ball. For the first time in my life, I got a cold sore. WHAT THE HECK?? I thought it was an infection because it was right in the corner of my mouth and it had split right there. I've had a split there in the past that wouldn't heal for months and it finally took a regimen of tea tree oil to get it healed. So I thought it was coming back. I put some tea tree oil on it, but then it started blistering. I was sure I had some funky infection, spreading minute by minute. Of course since I didn't know what it was I kept touching it and spreading it around. Until I started reading about cold sores. Oh yeah, the descriptions fit to a tee:
It was sore a day before it split.
Triggers? Let's see: stress, hormones, lowered immune function. I had all of these VERY recently. There's all kinds of stress happening right now, I'm about to start my period (hence the cyst on my forehead) and I just finished a prednisone dose pack... which can lower your immune system function. I call that a triple whammy.
Sigh. Did you know that they think approximately 70% of adults carry the dormant herpes virus that causes cold sores? Only 30% actually get the sores. Yay me! (This is the herpes simplex 1, often spread by saliva or direct contact, that causes facial cold sores, not the herpes simplex 2, that causes genital sores) Most adults actually contracted the virus as children. Isn't that a special kind of present to give a kid!
Well, I'm not thrilled. Just sayin'. I did some reading and am trying some natural home remedies. Not just one, but several. I don't care if I don't know which one works, as long as one does. Because short of that, there's Abreva, which gets pretty poor reviews. And not only does it look bad, but it hurts like a bugger, too.
8-10 days. That's the average for healing. So if any of ya'll are blessed with this little gift, and you don't mind sharing what works for you, I'm all ears.
I promise I can't pass it to you through the internet. Hey, at least I didn't post a picture.