Maybe it was muscle memory for my pores but from the moment I received my Student ID last year my skin decided to break out. When my adult acne proved to be no match for the most aggressive drug store bought acne scrubs, astringents, and masks it was time to get serious. George Bush had his ‘War on Terror’ well the second half of 2009 I waged my own ‘War on Acne’ and desperately hoping for a more successful outcome. Three orders of Pro-Active, two prescriptions, four vitamin supplements, five semi-bleached t-shirts  and 10 months later I am finally seeing some progress.
Mid-war I found myself in the dentist chair for my regular check up. Our one sided conversation took an unpredicted turn when instead saying, ‘rinse and spit’ it was “have you considered getting braces again?” Excuse me? Braces? Been there done that! As he went on to point out all my dental flaws I was beginning to agree that I could benefit from 12 months of adult braces.
Was all the added personal maintenance cutting into my sleep? It was getting harder and harder to keep my eyes focused on the computer during the workday. It wasn’t until I was out to dinner and realized I could barely read the wine list that I decided to take action. The next morning I made an appointment at my local Lens Crafters.
Epilogue Remember? Season 4 Episode 16 – “Stephanie Gets Framed” Fearing that she will soon become the blunt of her classmates' jokes, Stephanie experiences a typical reaction to her first pair of glasses.