I found out two weeks ago that I have been living with low-grade to mild perioral dermatitis. What always appeared to just be nostril and chin redness (perhaps, due to years of sun damage or smoking I wrongly presumed) was in fact the dreaded PD. Thankfully, as fate would have it I met up with my aesthetician girlfriend for hot yoga one morning. As we were walking out of the ninety-eight degree torture chamber (I only go to these types of things at the behest of friends), I could feel the skin around my face begin to itch. It felt tight, inflamed and…

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While visiting my older sister a few months ago, she held up my archaic ‘Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday etc’ daily pharmacy plastic pill case one morning, shook it, looked at me and asked in mocked horror, “Um, how old are you?” I grabbed my giant case back and explained, yes, I take a lot of supplements, but for good reason – I turned thirty this year.

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