Thursday, January 13, 2011

Fibromyalgia & Skin Sensitivities... Also Known As Waxing

The day I got my hair cut & colored at my sister-in-law's {New Year's Eve Day}, I also had the brilliant idea to get a wax.

And oh, not just any wax. You ladies out there know the eyebrow wax well, and many know the upper lip wax too.

I did not do just those. Oh no, I was at my sister-in-laws and getting a great deal, so why stop there?! I had to also go for my chin/neck.

I'm sure you can guess where this is going. But first, a little background....

You see, I went off the birth control pill in August of 2009. Ever since then, I've noticed some changes. As I'm sure you can guess by now, one of them has been facial hair.

I don't even like it on guys, much less myself! Blech.

Oh man, it's soooo annoying. Don't leave me hanging here ladies, I know I'm not alone in this! The plucking, tweezing...oh good grief, the lengths we go to because we can't stand the way we look!

Suffice it to say, I believe I have learned my lesson. Or at least freaked out my body.

I can't even begin to describe the horrific pain I was in all of last week as I dredged through the repercussions. It was mind-numbingly frustrating and discouraging.

It's embarrassing and I looked like a total freak for a couple days.

Oh yes indeedy.

I should have known better.

For me, Fibromyalgia meant becoming freakishly skin sensitive. Getting acupuncture, I sometimes have a reaction and swell up. Getting facials, my face freaks out. My skin is very sensitive to the temperature swings of the Midwest. I always react a little bit to waxing but usually not too bad.

This time was brutal. I'm so glad I was at my sister-in-laws where she could easily talk me down from the quickly escalating anxiety caused by seeing my bright red, total-skin-irritation reaction. {And help me with face wash, lotion, foundation, and coverup as I was heading out to hang out with more family that night for New Year's. Oh yes, I'm brilliant!}

But then, oh the pain when I woke up the next day! Trying to sleep the first several nights was not possible. I just wanted to scratch my face off. I nearly did. It burned. It itched. I also broke out. A lot. I tried hard to hide behind extra makeup all week at work.

Boy oh boy was I glad when this weekend came and slowly it finally seemed to fade. 

You ever do one of those things you are just certain is a great idea, only to realize a little too late it could be the dumbest thing you ever did?!?!


blueviolet said...

Yep, I've done some dumb stuff too, but thankfully, I can handle waxing!

Christina T said...

Oh, how awful! I have the same hair problems. I usually end up tweezing even though it makes it grow back faster and darker because waxing gives me scars like minor burns. I usually have to use aloe on it and it itches. By the time the skin is back to normal the hair starts to grow's like a never ending cycle. Threading works better but some of the practitioners don't know what they are doing and then I get skin irritation again.

I know that what you are feeling is probably much worse because of the fibromyalgia but I do understand where you are coming from with the unwanted facial hair and the sensitive skin. There really is no easy way to get rid of it. I wonder what women did in the old days. Maybe I don't want to know considering they used to put white lead based cosmetics on their faces...

Kimberly said...

Hey there,
I can't imagine how painful that would be! My skin is very sensitive too. I have a VERY hard time finding face products that don't wreak havoc on my skin. I'm glad it is fading for you now:) My brother decided to have his WHOLE back waxed one time and it was hilarious hearing him tell about how bad it hurt!