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If I Were An Owl, I Wouldn’t Have These Problems

BAD HAIR DAYS. My resolve to grow my hair/not get a haircut the first half of this year is wearing thin. I’m just hoping that it’s PMS (even my face is bloated, for chrissakes) that’s making my hair look all wrong all the time. The heat, the sweating, the humidity, my ointment (see next item)— AUGH! These mornings, I just want to pull my hair out.

TINEA FLAVA aka tinea versicolor aka sun fungus aka an-an. I have it. It’s very embarrassing and until it’s been cured (I have a smattering of spots on my left shoulder, my nape, my back, and a few on my chest area), I have to cover up IN THE MIDDLE OF SUMMER. Ridiculous, considering this is caused by the summer heat.

It’s a common, harmless skin infection caused by a yeast called Malassezia furfur, but is neither contagious nor due to poor hygiene. Nearly everyone has naturally occurring malassezia on their skin, but when it changes from the dormant yeast form to the more active mycelial form, then spots can appear. Source.

This mild infection is caused by a slow-growing yeast called Malassezia furfur or Pityrosporum orbiculare. This yeast normally grows on the skin without causing any problem. However, in warm and humid environment, it grows in abundance to cause an infection. Source.

The boyfriend was all “how do we fix yooooou!!!” when I told him about my skin, erm, condition. I’ve been dealing with an-an ever since I was old enough to care so it’s not the end of the world for me. My recent beach trip actually worsened my, erm, condition and guess what! I’m going back to the beach this weekend! Tanning worsens tinea flava =/

FAT FAT FAT. I need weight loss supplements, plz. I can’t seem to keep the weight off! I would like to work out but the heat (and yes, even nights here get unbearably warm) makes me lazy and wears me out and makes me want to sleep and makes me want to give a handful of excuses why I can’t work out.

Folks, the time is 6pm and it’s 33 degrees (Celsius) outside.

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  • Reply Jay April 22, 2010 at 3:55 am

    I get an-an too, it sucks! what do you recommend?

    • Reply Helga April 22, 2010 at 6:07 pm

      Hello! A coupla people have told me to get Sastid soap. I’m currently using akapulko soap and Whitfield’s ointment =)

  • Reply crisel April 25, 2010 at 12:34 am

    Try the summer heat at 5am! o.0

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