At the Intersection of Puberty and Old Age

Written by Emily

I am at a crossroads.

Last night, as I prepared to go to a fundraiser, I examined my face and my make-up routine a bit closer than I would have liked. It happened unexpectedly, really.

I rubbed anti-wrinkle serum on my face–a primer and new addition to my limited repertoire, a practice I started after reading that women in their thirties should use products with retinol. Nevermind that I’ve tried before and felt as though I was giving myself a chemical peel. As with heels, no pain, no gain. Right? Right?! As instructed, I massaged the gel in small circles about my face and neck.

I paused and waited for the face “tingle.” And then I noticed.

There, on my forehead, staring back at me were two lovely pimples. I can only imagine they were too excited to miss the fundraiser, so they pushed to the surface like overzealous teens at a Justin Bieber concert.


So here I am, at a strange intersection between puberty and old age.

I am no longer playing the role of adult; I am one. Well, the three children screaming with my beloved sitter suggest that I am. The anti-wrinkle serum rudely announces that I am.

These pimples, though–of all the things I might want to cling to from my youth, these are not it. And, yet, these are the things that remain. A bit unfair, don’t you think?

I can only hope the retinol from my anti-wrinkle serum will burn those suckers into oblivion. Take that.

Why am I cringing?

6 comments for “At the Intersection of Puberty and Old Age

  1. Mary
    November 30, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Unfortunately there are even pimples with menopause!! So not right.

  2. Debbie
    November 30, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    I didn’t even have bad skin as a teenager. As an adult, I have teenage skin. And crow’s feet. My teenagers and I compare blemishes on our faces. THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE!!!!

    • November 30, 2012 at 11:27 pm

      My skin took a turn for the worse in college. Then it fixed itself. And now we are back at this weird place. Yuck!

  3. Tamara
    November 30, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Not only pimples and wrinkles, but what is with the mass onslaught of gray hair that insists on multiplying between every hair appointment???

  4. November 30, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    Ahhh, Tamara, I forgot about that gift. I color my hair so much, I don’t even know what color it is under there. It’s probably better that way 🙂

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