(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
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!
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.
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.
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 .
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
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....