I go tanning about once every two years, and this is what happens…

About once every two years, I decide it might be a good idea to go tanning. Don’t worry. I don’t want to look like Snooki or anything. It’s just that sometimes it helps clear up my zits.

Yes, I still have zits, and it is TOTALLY unfair. I started getting them when I was 12 or 13, and my mom told me they would probably clear up when I turned 16, because that’s when her’s went away. I am 34 now and I still have them, only now I am getting wrinkles and age spots, too. If anyone can recommend a single product that conquers zits, wrinkles, and age spots at the same time, I am all ears, because I am a little bit scared of the chemical reaction that would come with me using three separate products simultaneously on my face for these problems.

Anyway, I usually choose a 12-minute stand-up bed. Since I would be burnt to a crisp if I actually stayed in for 12 minutes, I ask them to only set it for eight. Sometimes I am still a bit crispy at eight minutes, but if I’m doing it, I want SOME results, right?

They have these little stickers that can be placed somewhere inconspicuous so I could see how dark and lovely my skin was after the session. Yeah, glad I did that so that I could see the awesomeness that is my stomach after eight minutes this weekend. (This is only a tiny portion of my stomach, because I fear my readers would be afraid to visit this blog again if I posted a picture of my whole stomach in all of its stretch-marked glory.)

My left side is even crispier. Apparently they had just changed those bulbs. As I said, awesomeness.

And? I still have pimples on my chin.

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13 thoughts on “I go tanning about once every two years, and this is what happens…

  1. Did you try the avon thing yet? did i send you the peel? I forget.

    I do NOT have zits. I can not understand what you are going through, but I LOVE TANNING. I do not do it often, but, I love the way it feels, I hate stand up bc I do it to RELAX 🙂 I do aerobics though so i dont miss certain spots.
    If i didnt send you the peel, LMK and I will send it to you.

  2. I’m 40, and I still get acne, too. I remember turning 18 and thinking, “This should all start clearning up any day now!” because that is what they told us in he 5th grade. Ha! Liars. I have found that the bioidentical hormones I’m on have made it better. As far as the wrinkles and age spots, try taking a low-dose DHEA supplement every morning. You can get it pretty much anywhere, and it can help with that.

  3. OOH, OOH! This is my area! I honestly know what I’m talking about when it comes to zits. I don’t know of just one product that can do all that, but I have found one line of products that has totally changed my skin.

    I used to think tanning helped my acne, too. You’ll be sorry later. You can’t see the damage right now, but you will in about ten years. It can even make acne worse because the sweat can clog your pores. STOP it. My chest skin looks a little leathery. Sorry if I made you gag.

    My acne problems got so much better once I started using Paula’s Choice products. This is great for preventing and drying up the zits, and also helps with preventing wrinkles: http://www.paulaschoice.com/product/two-percent-beta-hydroxy-acid-liquid/bha-aha-exfoliants You use it every day, whether you’re having a breakout or not

    This is the cleanser I use, which honestly changed my complexion:
    http://www.paulaschoice.com/product/skin-balancing-cleanser/cleansers-makeup-remover

    I love any of the products on this page: http://www.paulaschoice.com/category/antioxidant-serum for wrinkles/ dry patches. Makes your face feel like a baby’s butt.

    Her “Resist” line for anti-aging is awesome!

    She also has a skin bleaching cream that works, but it stings a tiny bit. I did notice some improvement, though, with some sun damage/discolorations on my face.

    I don’t sell these or anything so I have no reason to talk them up. They just work. I finally found out that I’m sensitive to any acne product that contains benzoyl peroxide (many people are), so those were actually making my skin worse. I changed to salicylic acid-containing products and it made a huge diff.

    I promise, Paula’s line totally changed my skin. I haven’t had a major breakout in years, since starting to use them. Just a random zit that heals quickly every one in a while. It seems expensive but it lasts forever, and if you sign up for emails, you get free shipping deals or sales a few times a year.

    I won’t use anything else on my face. I’ve also learned a ton from her website, books and articles about which cosmetic, skin and hair products are worth buying and which ones are a waste. Check her out.

  4. Lemon. Pure, siimple, cheap. Google it on-line : lemon cures acne or something like that. It cured my cystic acne, acne roscea, and regular acne. Been on EVERY drug possible (acutane, and all the regular) and simple old lemon cured it. Put some on a cotton ball (real squeezed lemon or even REAL LEMON in a bottle), rub on your face like astringent. Stings like crazy the first couple of times.

  5. I don’t have age spots, but I did have zits and some wrinkles. I used Philosophy and Love it! I use the “Makeup optional skin collection”. It works wonders.

    Btw.. Libby has a small heart like that on her back that doesn’t tan. The doctor said it was a birth mark 🙂

  6. I have said for years that it is unfair that I have to use wrinkle cream AND acne cream at the same time! I am still using Neutragena (sp?) saop for acne prone skin- for going on 17 years now. Really? Yes, really.
    My sister tans to get rid of acne and that works for her- sometimes. But I am allergic to the UV rays and I get this horrible uncontrollable itching that happens deep down under my skin. This even happens if I am in the “real” sun for too long but at a lesser degree.
    Needless to say I am a lovely specimen. I have wrinkles and acne AND I am pale as a ghost . Sexy.

  7. I’m going to try the lemon! I was thinking I was the only 34 yr old with zits. Drives me crazy when the kids ask, “Mommy, whats that on your face?”

  8. I’m 46 and still battle this too. And I too can’t use bp products as I am allergic. I use the salicylic acid products with decent results but not perfect. I’m going to try the lemon. I just hope that once I get to menopause, it will finally go away for once anf for all.

  9. You guys? Crest toothpaste also works wonders for the acne. I swear. I read it in a magazine and thought, “why not?” It works as good as that Neutragena 8 hour stuff. Just put it on at bedtime ’cause you get a white haze and you end up smelling a bit on the minty side!

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