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    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeJan 24th 2013
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    Oh man, Allana you would've had so much fun with my blotchy face a couple months back. Here's a "half made-up" photo I took back when my face what at about its worst, near the end of october. Note: it's not acne, I had to use a couple of creams my dermatologist gave me to fix up some issues and one in particular gave me this reaction (which is actually normal and expected, oi). Anyway, I'm glad that's over with. Shit was painful.


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      CommentAuthorallana
    • CommentTimeJan 24th 2013
     (10950.2)
    Normal and expected?! You mean your dermatologist fixed your minor issue by killing it with a major one? I don't know if that's sadistic or totally badass.
    Were you putting on covering makeup daily? I keep thinking if I cover it with goo it'll just irritate it further. (But I'll come up with any excuse to pass on makeup.)
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeJan 24th 2013
     (10950.3)
    Yeah, the cream is called imiquimod and it's an immune system responder, and as a result makes you temporarily look like that. So, for the short term you're worse, but in the long term you're better. it got better once I realized i could take breaks from it and still get results, sooo....maybe it was sadistic of him to tell me to just use it continuously :|

    I used very light makeup only if I went out. That photo I took was just kind of an experiment to see how different I could make my face look while it was like that. Luckily it didn't irritate too much but I did have to limit what I put on my face for the sake of it being able to heal alright.
    • CommentAuthorE-Ray
    • CommentTimeJan 24th 2013
     (10950.4)
    @Argos - Imiquimod is a devastating thing, props to you for realizing it was possible to achieve results without continuous use. Fuck my doctor.

    With that graceful segue - hello, again, Whitechapel! Here's my face nowadays. With the girl.

    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeJan 24th 2013
     (10950.5)
    @E-Ray!!! Hello and welcome back ^__^ You and the girl are both looking lovely.

    And yes, it was pretty devastating for a bit, but now I'm pretty much done with it it really has cleared me up, so I guess there's that. Sorry to hear you had to go through using it, too.
    • CommentAuthorE-Ray
    • CommentTimeJan 24th 2013
     (10950.6)
    @Argos - Thank you very much! I briefly returned at some point last year but didn't stick around for some reason. I've just re-registered. You still look fantastic!

    Yes, it was awful and thank fuck it's over but I'm glad I did it in hindsight.
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeJan 24th 2013
     (10950.7)
    Heh, that should be on every bottle of imiquimod.
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      CommentAuthortexture
    • CommentTimeJan 25th 2013
     (10950.8)
    E-Ray - The Garage, eh... you in Glasgow these days? Look me up some time! I drink in Sleazy's a lot... more than I should, in fact. Just across the road.
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeJan 25th 2013
     (10950.9)
    Imiquimod: "It was awful and thank fuck it's over, but I'm glad I did it in hindsight."
    • CommentAuthorE-Ray
    • CommentTimeJan 25th 2013
     (10950.10)
    @texture - Did you move from Edinburgh or am I remembering somebody else? Garage actually just opened a branch in Aberdeen which is where that was taken, but I do spend a lot of time in Glasgow. I ought to be in Sleazy's at some point over the next few days. I'll keep an eye out for you!
  1.  (10950.11)
    Pulled the muscles in my lower back running yesterday, hurts like a bitch

    Day 25: Pain
    Day 25 Pain
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      CommentAuthornelzbub
    • CommentTimeJan 25th 2013
     (10950.12)
    God I miss Sleazy's. In my mind it's everything a pub should be, or it certainly it was back in the nineties when I used to spend a good deal of my time and money there.
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      CommentAuthorMagnulus
    • CommentTimeJan 25th 2013
     (10950.13)
    Argos: Love the half made up shots. I never quite caught why you were on these medications. What is it that makes going through that worth it?

    Today hasn't been brilliant so far. I'm feeling kind of run down, bored, rejected and a bit lonely. I need to go out for a coffee and just sit and read a book for a while, methinkest.

    Meh Day
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeJan 25th 2013 edited
     (10950.14)
    I had some flat warts on my face, which, when I just had a couple, didn't bother me at all cos they weren't too noticeable and the only one that was just looked like a bit of scar tissue. Thing is, I went to the doctor back when I just had one on my forehead, he looked at it and said it wasn't a wart and I shouldn't worry about it. Then a year later I suddenly had them everywhere - all over my forehead, a cluster on my right jawline. Needless to say, my self-confidence plummeted, even though friends and family told me you couldn't notice them unless I pointed them out. But I knew they were there, and like I said, when I just had one, it wasn't bad, but out of nowhere I got more and I was worried that i was just going to keep getting more and more and more.

    Finally end of last year my new doctor referred me to a dermatologist, who said they they were in fact flat warts, and gave me imiquimod so that it would get my immune system to actually respond to them, along with a retinoid (tazorac) since vitamin A apparently disrupts wart virus growth. Tazorac is super drying to the skin while your skin is acclimating to it, so my skin had to deal with the retinoid side effects along with the intense immune system response from the imiquimod.

    Now, even then, I was probably still exaggerating how bad they looked. Flat warts aren't like the typical witch's nose wart - they're really small and pretty flat, so at worst they just looked like acne. But having them all across your forehead still sucks. I already have to deal with mild/moderate acne as it is, so I really just wasn't able to deal with this on top of it. But now that I've gone through the horror that is imiquimod, I'm back to normal. All the flat warts on my forehead are gone, all of them, the cluster on my jawline is mostly gone and what remains is hardly noticeable, and I think I've got the odd rogue one on my cheeks here and there but those aren't noticeable at all unless you know they're there.

    So yeah, flat warts. Not so bad on the back of your hands, horrible things to have on your face.

    edited to add: Not applicable to my case, but imiquimod also gets the immune system to respond to pre-cancerous cells, so dermatologists will prescribe it to folks who have sun damage spots that have the potential to become cancerous in the future.
  2.  (10950.15)
    at the MoMA:

    At the MoMA

    @ Allana - I'm with JP on that.
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      CommentAuthorStoto
    • CommentTimeJan 26th 2013
     (10950.16)
    *has the urge to hug everyone*
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      CommentAuthortexture
    • CommentTimeJan 26th 2013
     (10950.17)
    @ E-Ray and nelzbub: Yup, I'm a Glasgow guy now, moved through a year ago. Sleazy's is awesome, but not as good as it used to be I imagine. They still serve Buckfast at the bar. E-Ray - I will look out for ya :)
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    @Argos-Glad things are better, that sounds like quite the ordeal.

    I. like Stoto, feel the urge to hug everyone, 'cause I'm a hugger.

    Hope everyone has an excellent weekend.
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    Smile

    Smile and the world smiles with you. Yeah, right.
  5.  (10950.20)
    Day 26: Feelings
    Day 26 Feelings

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