(87 Posts)
JodieHarsh Fri 07-Sep-12 10:53:44

(This prompted by the Liz earle thread and the fact I can't face the mirror these days)

I really really want to know if anyone suffers from the same skin problems I do, and what they use - so please bear with the grim details. I did look it up on Google but nothing was forthcoming apart from smallpox

I basically have nice skin, in the sense of small pores, not too greasy, no patches, even tone etc. etc.

But I am very, very prone to a particular sort of spot which seems to be related to sensitive skin.

In 32 years I have tried everything from Clinique and Liz Earle through to Simple, Clearasil, old fashioned cold cream, rosewater toner and oil cleansing, and nothing really seems to help, although I have figured out that I cannot use anything harsh (I can't even exfoliate, even if it says 'sensitive' on the bottle).

But the thing is I get the WEIRDEST spots. I either get a normal pimple or a tiny whitehead usually prompted by cream or make up. Then it gets infected. It heals. THEN, right, this is the gross bit - it won't heal properly because inside is a tiny little hard white ball or plug. The skin won't close over it, so it gets very red and irritated and flaky, and itches like anything - you can see a kind of hole with a white thing lurking in it. This can go on for about three or four weeks.

The only thing that will make it heal is if I literally dig and pick at it until the little plug comes out, and then it will heal over. But by that stage it will be a seriously inflamed bright red often bleeding patch, and takes ages to scab over and heal, and then leaves a scar sad

At the moment I am sporting an English Rose complexion (I am quite fair) marred by about 9 very, very bright red scars and scabs.

Does anyone else get this? How can I stop these plug things forming? Is it scar tissue? I can't afford a dermatologist btw, or I'd be there like a shot!

trixymalixy Sun 09-Sep-12 12:29:12

I get these under my chin. They appear at the time of my period and I used to do the same as you and pick at them. They lasted for months until eventually the hard core came out. I get milia too, but they are easy to remove with a needle. The spots under my chin are a different matter altogether.

I am experimenting with leaving them alone. They seem to calm down into a hard white lump which is better than the scabby patches I had before and then months later erupt again and the core comes out.

It sounds like seeing my GP would be a good idea though....

Pinot Sun 09-Sep-12 09:40:27

thread with same thingy?

JodieHarsh Sat 08-Sep-12 09:02:15


SrirachaGirl Fri 07-Sep-12 20:58:25

That's the one, squoosh. It's the best sporn video EVER. "So, so many blackheads" <said with posh Indian accent>.

Thanks for that grin.

Apologies, OP. Total thread hijack blush.

MadBusLady Fri 07-Sep-12 17:44:50


Oh. My. God.

squoosh Fri 07-Sep-12 17:32:34

Is this the filth you refer to Sriracha? Bloody hell!

<decides against macaroni cheese for dinner>

SrirachaGirl Fri 07-Sep-12 17:28:15

Tried to post the awesome Dr vikram video but not sure how to do on iPad yet. Will do later when on normal computer.

Two thoughts on reading back through this thread:

- you can have PCOS without cysts being visible on scans (I do).
- good GPs will take skin problems seriously, especially if they are hormone related, so don't hesitate to ask because they have lots of things they can prescribe that can help

AWimbaWay Fri 07-Sep-12 16:36:12

Thank you grape, I'll try for an appointment next week, I can feel a huge cluster developing down the side of my nose as I type! Pretty sure they're hormonal as they get much worse the week before my period then slowly improve, I have about half a day spot free before the whole cycle starts again angry.

OhThisIsJustGrape Fri 07-Sep-12 16:06:06

Wimba - yes they will take you seriously and if your gp doesn't then see another who will. Tbh, if you are convinced yours are hormone related then push for a dermatologist referral as they have far more resources when it comes to prescription drugs than gps.

JodieHarsh Fri 07-Sep-12 15:10:49


Perhaps I should give it another go. It's prolly all stacked up on the SkyBox unless DH has deleted it to make room for South Park...

AWimbaWay Fri 07-Sep-12 14:51:54

And yes, Smash WAS ace.

AWimbaWay Fri 07-Sep-12 14:50:52

If people go to their GP with problem skin are you taken seriously? I've been meaning to go about mine for ages but feel a bit like I'm wasting their time. Are they likely to prescribe cream or tablets do you think? I never had spots as a teenager but now I get terrible hormonal breakouts that are leaving scars.

Pinot Fri 07-Sep-12 14:49:59

hahaha @ that pic

shurrup Jodie it was ACE.

JodieHarsh Fri 07-Sep-12 14:48:36

I wasn't too sure about Smash. I couldn't see anything not to love about a musical show about Marilyn with Grace in it and everything, but just ended up not watching it confused

AWimbaWay Fri 07-Sep-12 14:48:05

A ha, I see

Pinot Fri 07-Sep-12 14:45:51

Smash! Yes! Love it. My olde brain thanks you grin

Deux Fri 07-Sep-12 14:41:13

Just about the Nizoral, in case not clear.

I put the LATHER on afflicted areas and not the shampoo straight. And not for very long as I was worried that skin would just burn off. I think I only left it on for 2 minutes and not very long on my face, I just rubbed it around a bit then rinsed off. It's very strong. Hair was a bit limp afterwards.

I recently started with spots in mid 30s and my gp was great about it. I thought i was being a bit precious but they were happy to help even though it wasn't that severe. A few months of low dose antibiotics got rid of them and now i am keeping them away with a different pill and antibiotic cream. Go to your doctor!

OhThisIsJustGrape Fri 07-Sep-12 14:37:40

The BM primer is crapola imo. I've been using OC8 mattifying gel for the last 7 months and haven't broken out once. My skin is really oily though so I need it to stop me looking like I've stuck my face in chip fat but it primes my skin fantastically too. And is only £10 and lasts around 4 months. I use the Lily Lolo matte finishing powder on top of it, then the foundation, then finish with another layer of finishing powder.

Are you using the matte BM Jodie? If not, it could well be the bismuth that you're reacting too you know. I can't rate Lily Lolo highly enough, it's bismuth free plus it's way cheaper than BM wink

AWimbaWay Fri 07-Sep-12 14:36:59

Smash grin

Pinot Fri 07-Sep-12 14:29:26

Marilyn is Woman <dark looks> I even loved that TV Show about a fictional Broadway show about her. Dang but I forget it's name.

AWimbaWay Fri 07-Sep-12 14:17:18

Thanks Pinot, will be purchasing some sharpish. I'm feeling envy at you picture posting powers though.

JodieHarsh Fri 07-Sep-12 14:11:58

Am ROARING at Pinot having a file marked WOMAN grin grin

I would be SO thrilled if I could do without Primer, not least because it costs a fucking fortune. I use the Bare Min one.

I will definitely give it a go (skipping primer for Pinot's sandwich method)...

HazeltheMcWitch Fri 07-Sep-12 14:01:56

ER = Re

HazeltheMcWitch Fri 07-Sep-12 14:01:42

ER primer, all I know is it's bad for me. It contains loads of silicone, which is what makes it feel velvety smooth. I use it and I have lovely smooth skin for a couple of days and beautifully adhered makeup... then I get odd angry under the skin spots. Then I stop using it and those spots clear up.

Maybe it's worth a try stopping using it? Which primer is it, btw?

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