Second Puberty

Before getting started, check out this hilarious cartoon video on second puberty by College Humor:

It’s legit. And it sucks.

I started noticing my second puberty maybe a year ago. It started with acne. Acne is pervasively common, but for me, I never really had to deal with it. Not even as a teenager did I have regular acne. Other than the occasional pimple whilst riding the crimson wave, I experienced almost totally unblemished skin.

Now? Pimple here, pimple there, pimple just about everywhere.

But hey, I like makeup. I’m pretty decent with the stuff so acne should be an easy coverup, right? In these past three months I started experiencing allergic reactions to makeup and face care products that I had been using for years – with NO reaction – and now, all of a sudden, I get bright red face welts on my cheeks and eyelids. I once woke up to eyes so swollen I couldn’t drive that day, my visibility was that bad.

A dermatologist would tell me the allergic reactions I’m having are natural, even to the stuff I’ve been using for years. What immunity I had towards the reactive ingredients in the makeup and skincare products was worn down over time and second puberty sealed the deal. Boom – I’m shelling out big bucks to replace my makeup and lotions with hypoallergenic equivalents.

I run and walk 9 – 12 miles a week in the park, and I do a combined two hours of weights, endurance, and flexibility weekly. I eat reasonably. If I’m lucky, I’ll maintain my weight, perhaps even knock off a pound or two per month – A MONTH. All that work, just to maintain. In my 20s, I could knock off 10 pounds in a month and not think twice about it. True, I have hypothyroidism. My thyroid didn’t completely go bust until I was 32. And although it’s corrected via medication, hypothyroidism will leave lifelong issues to perpetually battle, like weight that’s easy to gain and hard to lose. Second puberty doesn’t help though. My, well…everything, has slowed down.

Here’s a pic of some of the products I’ve currently reacted to. I’m shocked about the Urban Decay’s Naked Skin concealer given it’s a high quality product (and the price reflects that *grumbles*). I also suspect I’m reacting to some of the shadows in the Lorac Pro palettes, which, if that’s true, sucks because I have three of them, and baby they ain’t cheap.


Some correcting products I’ve been using are Aveeno’s Ultra Calming Foaming Cleanser and Aveeno’s Ultra Calming Moisturizer. These have worked very well in getting my reactive skin to calm down. Thayers Witch Hazel (alcohol free) has been enormously helpful in micro-cleaning the impurities from the skin. If you think your skin is clean, trying swiping your face with this stuff and hold up the cotton pad to the light. You will see things.

Supplement wise, I’ve experienced mild boosts of energy from taking B12 regularly. I’ve also taken up Omegas 3, 6, and 9, and vitamin D3. My energy levels are a little more steady throughout the day and I experience less post-workout aches and pains. An occasional night cap of magnesium (Calm, pictured below) assists with sleep and muscle cramps too.


Still haven’t found something to help alleviate these more easily acquired hangovers. Apparently, it only takes two glasses of wine to produce the most righteous of next day headaches.
Austin, Texas