I'm looking to find / make / adapt a costume for a fine art photoshoot that I'm currently planning. The character in the picture is one from myth, who is said to have a skirt made from flayed human skin. Short of sending Ramsay Snow's a raven or becoming Buffalo Bill, how can I put together a costume that will look as creepy-beautiful as I need? [more inside]
posted by gmb
on Nov 12, 2013 -
I am hoping to get to the bottom of something that has been driving my nuts ever since I was a kid.
I have hypersensitive skin to touch. It turns red (or sorta faded yellow/white) the second it is pressed. If I poke my arm with a finger I can see a circle that fades from red, yellowish to white and then it goes back to normal. All within 10-15 seconds.
I noticed it being annoying whenever I went for a haircut and scissors glided along my forehead. It would leave a red mark for the next 5-10 minutes. Secondly whenever I went in for a massage, the therapist would joke that I bruise easily and turn red within a second of being touched.
Could my blood type be the reasoning behind this? I am ' A- ' and I am just taking a wild shot at dark here. Was hoping someone with experience could clue me in to why my skin acts the way it does.
My roots are predominantly southern-european with some distant Turkish/Ottoman ancestry. Green eyes and moderately white skin complexion. I'm not Irish-white by any means but white like most southern Europeans.
Thank You for your insight!
posted by bostonhill
on Nov 7, 2013 -
I'm in Canada, and I was wondering if there is a good skin moisturizer for men. I cannot stand scents (I have asthma).
I used to use something ten years ago called "Face Protector" from the Body Shop, and it was perfect.
I find that many moisturizers out there are either scented, or have a waxy residue (Skin Protector melted in after about 2 minutes and was great).
The Body Shop's newer products are too "watery" and also burn my skin (!)
I have sensitive skin and also suffer from ingrown hairs after shaving or when my skin is dry.
posted by KokuRyu
on Oct 30, 2013 -
My hands and feet are peeling, and I am at a loss for what to try, and my dermatologist can't see me for weeks. Halp! [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Oct 23, 2013 -
Wearing anything that touches my midsection irritates my skin like crazy. Since there are very few things that I can wear in the winter that do not touch my middle, this is becoming a problem. [more inside]
posted by quiet coyote
on Oct 23, 2013 -
I have large patches of raised scars and broken blood vessels across huge areas of my body. (I'm an adult in my twenties.) None of this was ever self-inflicted, nor desired in any way at any time. Can any of this be fixed medically/surgically if I save up the money? What about the purple/red marks crisscrossing my flesh? I know that laser surgery is possible for single scars, and to remove tattoos, but as for improving skin quality, I have no idea. Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
posted by quiet earth
on Oct 20, 2013 -
So I've looked at some previous questions, and since they're not quite what I'm looking for, I'm hoping the hive mind can help me out.
I've always had somewhat sensitive skin, particularly on my shoulders and back. When it's hot out, I tend to get irritated hair follicles and something akin to cystic acne (big welts), particularly in areas where I sweat. Changing t-shirts extra often helps a bit, but only so much.
Now that I'm training for a marathon, it's so much worse. Weird random (possible rub spots?) on my legs, sides, and the regular trouble spots are just a mess.
Any help is sorely appreciated!
posted by canine epigram
on Sep 25, 2013 -
I have never had an allergic reaction before so I don't know what to do. I just had hives that lasted for 2 weeks. I went to the doctor and they gave me some shots and it was gone in a day, but it came back the second week - I kept taking my meds so the hives are mostly gone now. Some spots were still kind of itchy but its mostly just dark marks on my face. I was wondering if anybody knows how to remove these dark spots on my face because I really feel uncomfortable looking at the mirror and seeing myself like I'm looking at a moon. [more inside]
posted by Johnkx
on Sep 23, 2013 -
Lately I've been getting weird red bruise-like marks on my back, and the things that appear to be causing them aren't painful or rigorous. What's going on? And on a scale of zero to imminent death, how concerned should I be? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby
on Sep 3, 2013 -
What are you supposed to do to minimize being reinfected with staph? So far the only advice I've gotten from doctors is "wash your hands more" but I do that already and it's not helping. [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather
on Aug 24, 2013 -
I started playing tennis awhile back and have been having problems with skin tearing off the inside balls of both feet. I've tried a bunch of different things to stop this from happening without success....any ideas? [more inside]
posted by aerotive
on Aug 4, 2013 -
Looking for a body wash that accomplishes the same as a salt/oil scrub but without the exfoliating. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by hungrybruno
on Jul 26, 2013 -
The skin under my eyebrows and between them is gross and flaky. Occasionally the flakiness will travel a bit upward, but that is rare. What should I be doing about this? Recommendations for (mens?) facial scrub or moisturizer or whatever appreciated as well. [more inside]
posted by A god with hooves, a god with horns
on Jul 19, 2013 -
About a month ago, I spent the day playing games on my laptop and it got really heated. I felt it get super hot on my left thigh, more so than usual, but it was still tolerable so I left it there.
Now I have a huge spider-like red mark on my left thigh. I've had red marks before from my laptop, but none this "spider-vein like" and none that persisted this long. It also seems to fade and darken depending on my body temperature. If I take a warm shower, it will get SUPER dark and fade to its usual redness after a few hours.
It doesn't hurt. It's not irritated. It doesn't itch. It doesn't peel. It's just odd and ugly. Can I expect it to fade over time? Is it permanent? What should I do? Is there a treatment for this?
The only thing I've done is alter how I sit with my laptop. (no more lap)
posted by Telomeracer
on Jul 9, 2013 -
My boyfriend has been away for four months, and will be returning in just over three weeks, i.e. a little earlier than planned. I haven't been completely slothful while he was away but I have fallen into some bad habits: late nights watching TV, drinking too much coffee, getting stressed about work, half-assing my workouts, moping around missing him. My skin is sallow, my midsection dough-y, and I feel like my light has dimmed a little. I really want to be at my best to welcome him home.
So, what can I do/eat/get done to me to get my glow back over the next 21 days? Do you have a secret eating plan that gets quick results? A magical yoga routine? A miracle cream? [more inside]
posted by rpfields
on Jul 7, 2013 -
I have what seem to be, for lack of a better descriptor, permanent whiteheads on my cheeks. What treatments might help me get rid of them? [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust
on Jul 4, 2013 -
I've been getting open sores on my chest area that start as pimples for about five years. A few days ago, I got an especially bad one. Dermatologist says it's a "staph abscess", but I'm not so confident. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jun 23, 2013 -
When I cinch down my backpack's hip belt enough so that the weight actually rests on my hips, it tends to cause some soreness and, more annoyingly, a bit of a rash after a day of hiking. The pack is not that heavy (around 20 lbs/9kg with food and water - I'm not planning to do backpacking with a tent, just hut-to-hut hiking) and fits comfortably otherwise. [more inside]
posted by mskyle
on Jun 11, 2013 -
I'm noticing some dead skin just hanging around on my face. It's especially obvious when applying foundation. I'd like to scrub this off, but my skin is quite sensitive and prior exfoliation attempts (St. Ives, Clean & Clear) have been irritating. Can you suggest any products or methods that would make for a really gentle exfoliation? Thanks!
posted by mossicle
on May 19, 2013 -
Suppose you've noticed a growing red skin blemish on your arm that's irregular, raised, and a little flaky towards the center. At what point do you start to worry it's skin cancer and go see a doctor? [more inside]
posted by meese
on May 11, 2013 -
I've had a mysterious rash for the past 8 months, starting 2 weeks after my first child was born. Two different dermatologists say probably eczema, and I probably just have to live with it. Should I give up and live with it, or try to do something else? [more inside]
posted by Vampire Cat
on May 4, 2013 -
YANAD, but what are these lines on my face?? They start from the inner corner of each eye and run in a long semi-circle under my eye to the middle of my outer cheek area. Bad phone quality pictures here
(it's a good day so they aren't as puffy so it may be hard to tell). Limited Google results tell me they may be malar festoons/mounds??, however I can only find articles on these in older people and I'm 23. Some days they are barely noticeable and others they are very pronounced (for example, at 16 I was once asked how I got those big scars on my face). I haven't noticed any link between how pronounced they are and what time of day it is, if I am especially tired etc. It can sometimes make me quite self conscious when I catch a glimpse of my reflection in a window or mirror and see these pronounced creases cutting through my cheek fat. Any ideas??
posted by sunshine arakhan
on Apr 25, 2013 -
I do not think of myself as a dirty person, but when I'm in the shower and I scrape my nails over my neck/chest/back area, a grayish scum collects under my fingernails. What is this disgusting medley, and what can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by airguitar2
on Apr 22, 2013 -
How to heal or restore moisture to this (probably) temporary chemical-sensitivity induced rash/dryness on my face? [more inside]
posted by lovableiago
on Mar 11, 2013 -
I have dermatographic urticaria, also known as "skin writing." It's really problematic because I will scratch an itch on my forehead or rub my chin while I am working and then, without even realizing it, I will look like I am breaking out with an illness or I got into a fight. Even though my skin is going haywire, getting puffy and red from being scratched or rubbed, I don't feel anything bothersome at all so I don't know until I check in a mirror. Does anyone have any experience with this and possibly reducing the symptoms? [more inside]
posted by AppleTurnover
on Mar 5, 2013 -
I am a late thirties, fair-skinned, outdoorsy, sunscreen-shunning person who now has the face to show it. Assuming from now on I don't smoke (quit several years ago), wear hats and/or sunscreen, will the accelerated aging of the skin on my face slow down to a normal rate? [more inside]
posted by silly me
on Mar 5, 2013 -
I have a wrinkle (or whatever this particular skin condition is called) that is very similar in position and depth to this one
on Ethan Hawke (mine doesn't go up that high but curves a little bit at the top). I'm trying to educate myself a bit before I consult with a dermatologist so that I can be an informed patient. Does anyone know if this is treatable with Botox? Are there any other effective treatments?
posted by Dansaman
on Feb 20, 2013 -
I recently turned 40 and my skin, which has previously been happy under my tender loving care, has decided to rebel. I've always had dry skin but this winter is the first I've experienced flaky patches on my face. My usual moisturizer does nothing. HELP! [more inside]
posted by jezemars
on Feb 20, 2013 -
Brazilian wax has revealed unattractive skin issues. Is there anything that can be done to solve it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Feb 5, 2013 -
I have a little wart on my face next to my nose. It's only pimple-sized but has been there for almost a year or so and won't quit on its own. It's not very noticeable but I want to get rid of it and as far as I know freeze-burning in the fastest way to get these things off. But sometimes they are stubborn and need multiple hits of the nitrogen gun. Will doing this freeze-burning thing leave me with noticeable marks on my face the next day, or even scars?
posted by moorooka
on Feb 4, 2013 -
Washing my skin with just water has gotten rid of 90% of my acne. How can I get rid of the remaining 10%? [more inside]
posted by tomorrow
on Jan 26, 2013 -
I made some delicious slow-cooker pulled pork using this chow.com recipe
. I cooked the pork shoulder with the skin on, believing it to add flavour. After cooking, it came right off, along with a thick layer of fat. I've looked up pork scratching recipes, but none of them take into account that I cooked it for 8 hours beforehand. I'd like to do something useful with it, but I'm not sure what. Is it destined for my tummy or the bin?
posted by Magnakai
on Jan 20, 2013 -
Is there anything I can do to minimize, hide, or slow down the lines developing under my eyes? [more inside]
posted by raztaj
on Jan 10, 2013 -
My newly 30 year old skin is acting like it wants to ruin my life. And my boobs are my skin's accomplice, apparently. What is happening with my hormones? [more inside]
posted by youandiandaflame
on Jan 8, 2013 -
What's the best way to get all the white and black heads out of your skin? Specifically in the nose. I always seem to have little white and black heads and I don't know how to definitively get rid of them. [more inside]
posted by Napierzaza
on Dec 23, 2012 -
I have spots near my groin region. I know you're not my doctor, but if you can give me any insight to calm my nerves it would be appreciated. Also, what do I say to the girl I'm dating? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Dec 12, 2012 -
I'm in my early 20s and my skin is getting worse by the day. Can wrinkle creams make wrinkles worse? [more inside]
posted by vanitas
on Dec 5, 2012 -