Why is my skin so dirty?
November 12, 2012 2:36 PM Subscribe
Weird question about my skin. Is this a thing, or is it only me?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (22 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Okay, this is not a huge deal and I've learned to deal with it in my life. But I've always wondered if I am the only person who has this weird skin condition, and whether there's anything I can do to make it more normal.
My skin is hard to clean. When I say "hard to clean", I mean hard to clean. When I shower, it's not enough to just soap up and rinse off. I need to scrub, either digging in my fingers pretty hard or scraping my fingernails over my skin. I can actually see and feel the dirt coming off. This is kind of a pain, because it makes my showering time significantly longer than average - it always takes me at least 15 minutes in the shower, even if I am not washing my hair.
Yes, I shower every day. I have to go through this scrubbing process every day. It is a pain. I have tried to just soap and rinse, but then I end up with dark areas of dirt on my skin. Even with the scrubbing, there are some areas that are darkened on my skin and it is embarrassing.
Maybe it has something to do with sweat? I am able to wash my hands normally, without any of this dirt buildup. But everywhere on my torso, and especially around my neck and pelvis, requires this scrubbing. I was pregnant last year, and during that time I didn't do the scrubbing on my tummy because I was worried about hurting the baby. By the time I gave birth, my whole belly was almost black! At the time I thought it may have been partly a discoloration of the skin (like linea nigra, which I also had), but I think it was just dirt. In the days/weeks after birth, I scrubbed my belly again in the way I usually would, and it gradually came off.
Other possible factors:
- My childhood was kind of neglectful. As in, my parents did not bathe me regularly. I only had weekly baths/showers until I was about 11 or so, when I realized I was dirty and started showering daily. I am kind of paranoid about being clean now.
- I tend to have oily skin and hair. I need to wash my hair every other day or it gets too greasy. I also am prone to acne, although I have it under control right now. But my skin does get pretty oily overall.
- I am half-Asian. Not sure why this would be a factor, but I just wanted to mention it in case. (The other half is white.)
So, has anyone heard of this condition? It is embarrassing. It is also a pain because I have to spend so much time in the shower every day. My husband can get clean in 5 minutes, but it literally takes me 15-20 minutes to get to the same level.
Thanks for any feedback.