I've come down with a flu (again!) so I haven't been at work. In fact, I haven't been out at all, except into the yard to soak up a little sunshine and supervise the dog as he explores. So that means that I haven't been shaving my face.
Well, I say I haven't been shaving, but what I mean is that usually around dinnertime when the family gets together, I'll quickly scrape in the direction of the hair growth with my razor. This basically only "trims" my stubble, but it causes less stress on the skin. You can still see the dark shadow, and if you came close enough you'd be able to see those pesky individual prickles. However, it makes it a little less obvious than having one or two day's growth of beard. I still haven't talked about my hirsutism with my step-family, and am still not really comfortable having that conversation. Even if they have already figured it out, I'd still prefer to keep it out of sight and therefore out of their minds, lest it appears in their own conversations with others one day. (I know I ought to get over this. Getting people to talk about it would be a good thing. Even if it's ignorant and judgmental speech, at least it would make people more aware that it's not something unique to a few Victorian-era unfortunates and Hollywood.)
Anyway, before my not-shave yesterday I was stretching my skin and looking for any ingrown hairs, which I'll usually nip in the bud by plucking and then dotting on a bit of Polysporin. And I turned my face to examine my left cheek and jaw, I thought I noticed something, and leaned in close to the mirror, nearly squashing my nose against the glass. No, I wasn't going crazy, there really was less dark stubble there. In fact, there was a spot about an inch to an inch-and-a-half across that had very few dark hairs at all.
When did that happen? I ran my finger up my cheek, against the direction of the hair growth. It still felt like the same amount of hair there, but very little of it was dark in that spot. Had the coarse hairs just lost some of their pigment? Was this a sign of things to come? Now don't get excited, I thought, and turned to my right cheek and found everything was still the same as ever. Am I going nuts? Was the left side of my face always like that and I've forgotten? Or are androgens affecting my face less and less? I have read that the face is usually the last to be affected.
Maybe things are about to get better. We can only wait and see.
And hey, I've seen a few people have already seen and voted on the 4th Anniversary poll. Thank you! I'm really going to be taking to heart your opinions.