What’s Going On With Me? Five Unexpected Signs Of Menopause

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Subject: Professional/Prescription Strength Skincare

Hi Cynthia:

I'm a Black woman who is over age 50 and of course post menopausal. That said, everything that you've described above I have experienced, hate it but given the adverse effects of hormonal therapy, I have been unable thus far in convincing my physician to approve this sort of therapy for relief. Both my skin and hair have taken a hit because of this malady. I have always been very diet and exercise conscious and so am engaged in these regimens. For now though, I will narrowly focus on improving my skin.

What professional strength or pharmaceutical grade skincare products would you recommend for Black skin? I realize that there are a plethora of them on the market today. And, given the associated expense, I want to ensure that I'm making the right decision and prudent investment. So, please advise.

Thanking you in advance.

Cynthia Wilson
Cynthia Wilson

Subject: Skincare

Hi GLA. I'm not a doctor, so I can't provide medical advice. Nor do I know you skin type or the specific problems you're having.  If you think you need prescription strength lotion, your doctor or Obgyn will have to prescribe it. Personally, I have dry skin and I apply baby oil gel while my skin is still damp or pure coconut oil. I don't use hot water to wash my hands or body because it makes my skin feel like its burning. After a warm shower, I rinse off under cool water to close my pores. If you try this, I recommend that you gradually turn the water cold.

Marjory childs

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I am 49 and he is 45 years old and me and my fiancée have been trying to get pregnant. My period comes on every month for 4 days and I have attitudes at the time too with pain

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I second the original question (still unanswered). Speaking as someone who logged in today to try to find an attorney, I see this category as one that's exactly what I have my Angie's List membership for:

1. It's important that I find a good one
2. I'm not an expert enough to know myself who is a good one
3. The industry is full of advertisements and misinformation
4. I wish I knew what experiences other people have had

I don't care about lawns--I planted mine in clover and don't have to mow it. When I do need to mow I use a rotary Fiskars mower, which is great--or a scythe. That's right--a scythe (the European type, which is smaller, and it's very good exercise). Gas-powered mowers, chemical fertilizers and weed killers--all nasty stuff that gets into everyone's air, soil, and water. I'm sure my neighbor doesn't like my wildflowers, semi-wild pockets of fruit bushes, and unmown areas and yes, dandelions (I have 10 acres) but that's too bad. It's better habitat for wildlife, especially the pollinators on which our food supply depends. I think this obsession with the Great American Lawn is a waste of time and resources. Plant some food instead.

I'm not sure Angie et. al. want you to have a complete answer to this question. By re-subscribing at the Indiana State Fair in 2012, I think I paid $20.00 per year for a multi- year subscription. Maybe even less. At the other extreme--and I hope my memory isn't faulty about this--I think the price, for my area, for ONE year was an outrageous $70.00. And they debited me automatically without warning. I had to opt out of that automatic charge. I like Angie's List, but if some of the companies they monitor behaved the way they do in this respect, they'd be on some sort of Pages of Unhappiness. I'll be interested to see if this comment gets published or censored out of existence.

That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.