My Biopsy, Asymetrical Aging, Vitamin B and Vintage T
Two weeks ago I had a shave biopsy on my face between the bridge of my nose and my right eye to test for skin cancer which thankfully came back negative. It wasn't a pleasant experience. First they need to inject the area with a numbing agent, then they scraped and ended with burning some of it off. Yuck!
If it had been positive they would have had to dig it out which left me with a vision of a hole in need of filler. I know a house painter and he said he was skilled with color matching Spackle so I wasn't too worried. ; )
Waiting for the results is never fun, either. I'm such a masochist when it comes to asking Dr. Google what's wrong with me. It doesn't matter what the symptoms are, you can find something terminally scary and/or gross with the pictures to prove it. (One time I was having some really weird symptoms and I found the EXACT description! However the advice was to take the cat to the vet immediately. So yeah, not always a good method.)
My dermatologist preaches staying out of the sun completely or always wearing sunblock and taking a vitamin D supplement. I have never liked either extreme, so I avoid the sun during the day when it's strongest and take vitamin D. I don't like to rub chemicals into my body so I skip the sunblock given my brief sun exposure.
But then she showed me THIS:
That's the face of a truck driver whose left side of his face was always exposed to the sun. Then she looked at me and said that one side of my face was slightly darker than the other. I had never considered that I was asymmetrically aging myself from driving and it makes a very good case for wearing a moisturizer with an SPF if it's sunny.
In other health and beauty news, when I got my hair trimmed yesterday my stylist of three years was shocked at how quickly my hair grew since the last cut. Maybe it has something to do with my taking vitamin B complex for a couple of months. B6 might help with hair growth and B7 (Biotin) is also good for hair.
I always try to get my vitamins naturally from eating nutrient dense foods, but as I've mentioned before, after a certain age our needs change and we sometimes can truly benefit from supplementing a healthy diet.
As for my obsession with Chicago, I bought a new t-shirt and ironed on this vintage transfer that was a premium in Chicago VIII. I had my doubts about it working since it's from 1975, but look!
It's finally sunny and warm here in Maine where we have ten months of winter so I probably will be blogging less during my brief interlude with summer.