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?

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6 replies

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

  2. 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!!!!

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

  4. 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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