Tuesday, March 27, 2007


This funny post at Big Mama's blog reminded me of a similar experience of my own. I suppose we've all had them. I don't usually post pictures of myself, but this is about what my expression looked like after this episode. (I'm wearing make-up in the picture. I'd say that's the only surefire cure for my problem, but I hate it. If I'd been wearing it this day. . .)

When hubby and I were still in college, we were roaming around the Super-Walmart not spending money, because we didn't have any. A "very nice" little older lady caught me in the main aisle and led me to one of the empty car-care aisles. She said,

"I just wanted to tell you some of the things that I remember worked for my acne when I was young."

Yeah, no kidding. She proceeded to tell me several different home remedies for acne, like Dawn dish detergent, and a paste made of salt and water. She also berated me for the things she could tell I had been doing to take care of it.

Ummm. Thanks, really. Then she said she had to talk to me about it, because she could tell I was a pretty girl underneath those blemishes. I think at that point she could've told me I was the spit and image of Princess Diana, Jacqueline Onassis Kennedy, or Audrey Hepburn, and I wouldn't have felt complimented.

I'm enough removed from the event now that all I feel is a mild pity for her family and friends. Oh yeah, and I still fight acne at age 27. Of course, I never did try her ideas. . .

5 comments:

JennaG said...

Well, I'm still fighting acne at 38! Will it ever go away? I've never heard of the Dawn dish detergent or salt and water. Did you try them? Some people just don't think, do they?

Myrna said...

Well, I think the salt and water would soon have turned your face into a wrinkled prune-like state... but it would be well preserved anyway. Hey, maybe she was really young but just LOOKED old because of what she did to her face!!! I can't believe this really happened!

Kili @ Live Each Moment said...

Yes I still battle it too, and yes even my grandma is one of those ladies...

JR's Thumbprints said...

Every now and then I'll have an inmate focus in on a zit on my forehead and say (in a real loud voice): What's that thing on your forehead? My reply: It's called a zit and it's going home with me tonight.

It shuts them up every time.

tAnYeTTa said...

i'm almost 40 and i still have acne. geez, did you tell her the mothball smell is outdated? ok that was mean. nevermind :)