Pain as a Function of Building Character

Welcome to Part 2. If you somehow missed Part 1, who cares. Just know that I had acne for awhile and that I think it made me more likable. Pain is one of those things that grows sweeter with time, like bananas and the old. It feels good to talk about the shitty days we’ve not only…

Productphobia

Welcome to Part 3. To recap: a boy was mean to me, and I’m still discussing that. We’ve talked a lot about the kid who asked me “Why don’t you wash your face?” and we’re going to stop now, because he doesn’t matter. You see it wasn’t his coarseness that upset me. It wasn’t even him that upset me. What upset…

Mouthwash and Shame-Marketing: Proactiv be Damned

Welcome to Part 4. This post is the conclusion of a running story about my childhood with acne, and it is the strongest of all four parts. If you somehow got to this one first, just stay here. Previously on “This Blog”, I compared watching Proactiv ads, as a kid with acne, to seeing the Hindenburg burn from…