And for the third month straight, I have been attacked by massive, red, bulging zits all over my chin and smaller ones threatening to erupt beneath my nostrils (I will spare you the photo–couldn't even bear to look at for more than a split second). Makeup can mitigate the pinkness but not the lumps. I am trying to gauge if this skin plague will continue every four weeks or so as long as I refrain from hormonal birth control or will my system right itself at some point?
On the upside, at the nephrologist (I'm still not clear on how a kidney specialist is also about hypertension) last week, my blood pressure was normal for the first time in decades even though I cut down my prescribed dose of medication (I always do this and piss off doctors. Sorry, no matter what you say, I'm convinced that even though alpha-beta blockers aren't the same as old-school heart-rate-slowing beta blockers, that they are still making me sluggish and fucking with my metabolism and energy level). That makes me wonder if the birth control pills have been the culprit all along, and to further go against advice, I cut down my prescription even more and today was able to run for ten minutes straight, not great, but something I couldn't do without getting winded since starting this medication early this year.
But I would prefer not developing pockmarks in my forties.