Zits are at least 51 years old!

"I am so relieved to find a good acne product before school started!"

Olive said that just two months ago in an online consumer product review. I don't remember using acne products often in my school years, though when I did it was because all of the little zits that dotted my friends' faces would join together on my own as a singular grand finale; a geographically altering explosion of embarrassment.

So Olive needs some relief today and I needed it in the 80s, but this newspaper clipping for Sea Breeze answered kids' prayers in 1960. I found the advertisement in a newspaper we dug out of our chimney.

In full, it reads:

"Amazing SEA BREEZE, new brand of antiseptic skin lotion. It works wonders for complexion in just 7 days! SEA BREEZE wipes away the excess oils that cause ____ blackheads, whiteheads and pimples. It helps prevent ____ and conditions pores. SEA BREEZE kills germs instantly - _____ soothes your skin - never dries it, as so many antiseptics do. Amazing results are guaranteed - money back from SEA BREEZE if not completely satisfied at the improvement after just 7 days! Get SEA BREEZE today! Big 4 1/4 oz. bottle - just 69¢ - at any drugstore." 


According to W, Sea Breeze started as "a cosmetic skin care brand originally launched in 1906. The Original formula was initially sold as an antiseptic for minor cuts and scratches."


Sheila November 14, 2011 at 6:06 PM  

What else did you find in your chimney? And how often do you burn a fire in your fireplace?

Sorry, but these questions intrigue me :)

Sam Van Eman November 14, 2011 at 6:12 PM  

Nothing else but soot, actually. We discovered two chimneys in the upstairs bedroom walls which traveled into the attic (and originally up through the roof), probably used with pot-belly stoves to heat the second floor.

Imagine my initial confusion when I found the chimneys and not the fire places.

Sheila November 14, 2011 at 6:23 PM  

That would mystify me.

Ever watch "If Walls Could Talk?" on HGTV?

Sam Van Eman November 14, 2011 at 6:25 PM  

Look, I'm still reading newspapers from the 1960s. You think I've got cable? :)

Sheila November 14, 2011 at 6:38 PM  

That's a point.

Oh...and your post title: I take it you mean the word "zits" and not the phenemenon it describes?

Sam Van Eman November 14, 2011 at 6:41 PM  

Just being fun. The brand has been around since 1906. And zits? Probably popped up right after Adam and Eve left the garden. :)

Sheila November 14, 2011 at 6:48 PM  

Yes, but how do you say "zits" in Aramaic?

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