So, today after I washed my face, I noticed I have, like, a hole in my cheek. Well, not a hole exactly, just a deep indentation that was not there before, only on one side of my face (asymmetrical, nice!). Every year or so, it seems I get a new permanent Thing I Do Not Want on my face. A couple of years ago it was a tiny but very bright red spot on my forehead (not a broken blood vessel, not a pimple, more like a fleck of red crayon just under the surface). It is easy to conceal, but I don’t want to have to do this every day. Then about a year later, I got a bump, out of the blue, between my lip and chin (see above). This thing is unconcealable. It is now a part of me, which is to say I have gotten used to it (but still resent it when I see it casting its long shadow in photographs). Next, I got a little cluster of teensy tinsy bumps (it looks like a rash, but isn’t) on the real estate right next to the aforementioned tiny bright red spot. These also refuse to go away; they’re like a small committee of skin tags, meeting to discuss whether they’ll stay tiny and sandpapery, or whether they will grow in strength and number and take over the rest of my face.
Ok, cosmetics industry (constantly targeting us older women to spend money on magical face creams) where is your solution for any of these issues? My issues! I was expecting wrinkles and pigmentation as I age; I’m well informed about how to deal with those, but what about these completely random things just cropping up on my face? Is this just going to keep happening every year until I look less and less like the old me, and more and more like Older Me (which if I think about it, is actually the New Me)? Most days I’m really ok with the whole ageing thing, but I’m losing my sense of humour about random new potholes in my face, or additional protuberances like the one on my chin… and I’m especially nervous of that rashy bumps committee on my forehead. What are they planning? What is their next move? Do they have a strategy? What must I do to make them go away?
Please tell me I am not the only one this is happening to. Your face is falling in too, right? Or you’ve also got some weird thing that just swans in one day and makes its home on your face?