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Crisis Averted!

I just freaked myself out. I used peroxide on my finger, and when I looked at my hand a few minutes later, the skin was discolored, like it bleached my tan away. I tested it out, with a big circle on the back of my hand. It bleached too, telling me it was the peroxide. Eek, my hand looks like a lava lamp . . .

. . . but it faded, the only discoloration is the test spot, which I'm sure will fade in a few minutes too. Sigh of relief.

But it gives me a good idea of a prank to play on someone, kind of like dissappearing ink, but in reverse. Evil chuckle


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May. 24th, 2002 08:42 pm (UTC)
Dude, that's kind of freaky!

(I accidentally dyed a bunch of my skin pink tonight... stupid hair dye!)
May. 24th, 2002 08:48 pm (UTC)
I hate that when the dye soaks in! This is kind of gross, but I'll tell it anyway. My forehead is oily which is nice, because my forehead doesn't discolor too much when I get dye around the edge. I only have to worry at the temple, where my skin is a bit dryer.
May. 24th, 2002 09:12 pm (UTC)
Oh my God, I have the same oily skin protection! Ha!!! It's SO true and it works fabulously. Unfortunately after doing the regular dye, I tossed the gloves, so when I did the streaks, the hot pink dye got all over my arms... I have weird pink splotches.
May. 24th, 2002 10:00 pm (UTC)
I use peroxide for my ears, and it does pale things out a bit. However, I think it's a powdery residue, because if I get peroxide on my finger, it similarly turns white, but if I wash my hand, it's back to normal. Caution: doesn't peroxide permanently bleach hair? It's seems I've heard the phrase "peroxide blonde" before... maybe I should try it. Then again, peroxide whitens teeth... damn I never considered the many uses!

One thing my old science teacher told me is that peroxide is not meant for cuts and abrasions. It doesn't hurt so that makes it appealing, and watching the little foamy bubbles makes people feel better psychologically. However, chemically it does nothing more than water would do (rinse). He said you still need to disinfect with alcohol and use an antibiotic gel like polysporin to maintain the healing. Keep it covered, but give it some oxygen occassionally. Do a summersault, tap your nose, and give Cynthia a dollar. Those were his exact instructions. You weren't using peroxide for a cut on your finger, were you?!?
May. 24th, 2002 10:36 pm (UTC)
Lots of things to answer
I was using the peroxide on my finger for a pseudo-cut (he said shamefacedly). When I chew my nails, sometimes they get a little infection way down on the side of the nail. The peroxide helps oxygenate the "wound" to help it actually scab and heal. I would use neosporin, but I hate fingertip bandages and, without them, the ointment is too greasy. I would get it on everything (the remote, my P#@!&, you) and that would be bad. Maybe I'll get a pair of those cotton moisturizing gloves and wear ointment to bed.

Peroxide will lighten your hair, but not in a very good way. It looks bad (and is harsh), I did it in high school. I can show you pics if you want.

I'll have to show you what it did, though. This wasn'y the white powdery bubble residue, it actually lightened my skin for a minute. My hands looked like a cow pattern. Maybe if I did it again, I could get a Gateway commercial deal and give "stephen" a run for his money! Note about stephen, saw him on CNN the other day. As himself, he's obviously gay, and very attractive. Not that surfer dude annoying thing like the commercial. YUM!
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