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Really bad spots/lumps on jawline- any advice, hints or tips?

(24 Posts)
jumpinghoops Sat 23-Jul-11 19:47:59


I feel like I'm going a bit crazy with this- I have been going through a stressful time (coming out the other side) and also had a mirena coil fitted last year which I didnt get on with and my skin has become awful sad Generally more spotty than normal but I have between 1-3 new large painful under skin lumps appearing every day and it's driving me crazy.

I spoke to the doctor about it last week when she took the coil out. She has put me back on microgynon which usually makes my skin better (pre preg this is- baby now 14 months). She just said to see how things go,

I just wondered if anyone had experienced similar and has any advice? I am trying to drink as much water as possible and taking a daily 1000mg of Eve Primrose Oil. And trying not to touch the lumps. I start a new job on Monday and I feel like I look terrible sad

Fumblina Sat 23-Jul-11 20:21:40

I have found that wearing sleeved pj's at night helps. I have also heard that silk pillowcases can help too, but haven't tried those yet.

Hope you get some relief soon

kyacat Sat 23-Jul-11 20:32:20

Yes I have! I got this after DC1 and still experiencing it. I just put up with it for a while and put normal spot creams on them, which don't work. They are so large and painful! Finally asked the Dr and he has given me an antibiotic ointment that I have to dab on my jawline/neck twice a day. It has cleared it up! smile

I only use it once a day now, before bed, as it smells a bit before it dries. Still works. Ask you dr!

GeetTallBird Sat 23-Jul-11 20:37:50

Drinking water is v good. Not touching too if you can.
The other cure I found was from chewable sulphur tablets, you mustnt be asthmatic, pregnant or breastfeeding though, as I believe they are somewhat poisonous. Worked wonders for me!
I bought big crunchy, chewy strawberry flavoured tablets from local chemists (they don't make anymore though) so you could try the homeopathic tablets instead?

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 23-Jul-11 20:38:36

Yes I had these too!

I switched to long sleeve pj of my own accord and got a silk pillowcase off amazon!

I think its stress too, my skins better now I drink 2lts water a day and take brewers yeast but I don't know if that would interfere with breast feeding.

aStarInStrangeways Sat 23-Jul-11 20:43:47

I have had these on and off for years, and agree that stress, poor diet and being run down makes them loads worse. Am currently 38 weeks pregnant with a borderline diagnosis of gestational diabetes, so have been eating and drinking the healthiest I ever have in my life, and my skin looks ok for the first time.

Hopefully now that you're coming through the stressful patch they will improve, but in the meantime I'd second the advice to try and look after yourself as much as possible in terms of clean living. As tedious as it is grin Btw, mine always felt enormous to me but no one ever commented on or seemed to notice them (not even DH who is not shy about that sort of thing hmm) so they're probably not as conspicuous as you think they are.

brookeslay Sat 23-Jul-11 20:47:43

good range

I think along the jawline is hormonal so you right taking evening primrose you could scroll down to benefits.

relaxing tea

kyacat Sat 23-Jul-11 20:51:05

What do long-sleeve jammies do?

jumpinghoops Sat 23-Jul-11 21:29:16

Thank you all so much for recommendations- glad it's not only me!! I am run down and I have been eating/drinking coffee on the run a bit and I know this will make things worse, so I have to cut out the crap. My partner's mum is a bit of a homeopathic guru and seeing her at the weekend so I could ask her then...

If they carry on getting worse with me doing clean living/water/homeopathic version of sulphur tablets I'll go back to the docs for the ointment.

I wish it was not noticeable to other people. Sadly as just-finished early years teacher, ony of the little girls in my class asked me why I had 'all those huge spots on my neck' last week blush so I'm guessing she's the only one who's blunt enough to tell it as it is!!

Fumblina Sat 23-Jul-11 22:56:57

kyacat I think the long sleeves stop you leaning against your shoulder and the heat of skin against skin creating more spots.

I may be wrong, and there is a more technical reason, but this is my theory grin

My mum told me the reason for the silk pillowcases, I remember it was seemingly reasonable and plausible, but can't for the lie of me remember what it was confused

mittenkitten Sat 23-Jul-11 23:08:24

It sounds like cystic acne and you do need to see a doctor about it! Google cystic acne to see.

TigerseyeMum Sat 23-Jul-11 23:24:25

I get these too but I also get them on my neck, hairline and now they are creeping across my forehead <<cries>>

My GP gave me topical antibiotic lotion but it acts like a drying spot cream, only works on broken skin and does nothing to stop the spots forming in the first place sad

Mine come up in a short space of time - literally I just touched my forehead and one has come up this evening as I have sat here typing angry

I have no idea what the solution is though as mine started when I came off the pill.

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 23-Jul-11 23:29:16

Tiger I really think you ought to go back to your gp and ask to see a dermatologist.

Iirc silk doesnt absorb the moisture from skin but I dont know exactly why that would help us. I've got two now but I had a glass of red wine on my nephews birthday to get me through a family gathering so I knew something would come up. Oh yes no booze helps with bad skin too. I gave up drinking after I had lots of tonsiltis and my skin got loads better very quickly.

TigerseyeMum Sat 23-Jul-11 23:31:43

I don't really drink that much alcohol, I haven't had a drink for a while. I might go back to my GP but as I have ongoing health conditions it feels like I am there every 5 minutes and skin seems really trivial.

But it is really annoying, and actually quite painful too. Doesn't help in my job where it helps to look older either I look like a teenager angry

Orbinator Sat 23-Jul-11 23:41:24

I do seem to remember hearing that spots around the chin/jaw area are connected to the womb. Not had it myself but sounds probable.
I noticed I was getting spotty chin when I rested my chin on my hand at work (thoughtful pose, usually when boss was around). Once I realised I was doing it a lot I cut it out whenever I noticed and the spots cleared up within a couple of weeks smile

MrsBloomingTroll Sun 24-Jul-11 07:13:29

Could be related to PCOS (polycystic ovaries) - go and see your GP. Friend had them for this reason and they cleared up once she was taking the drugs.

I've also had them in the past and went to a dermatologist (GPs were clueless). Dermatologist didn't think mine were PCOS but prescribed me some topical gels which did the trick.

My skin is great during pregnancy, but terrible otherwise.

People do notice them less than you think. If you do catch someone looking, you could mention that it's a medical condition you're seeing a GP about.

bonkers20 Sun 24-Jul-11 07:25:41

Wow, I've learnt something today. I've recently developed a spotty jawline. Not as bad as some of you are describing, but I get some real humdingers and I'm afraid I'm a fiddler. I just stand having a whitehead (sorry...gross) on my face at 40 years old.

I did think there was a link to my cycle. I have always had really irregular cycles (to the extent that I was checked by a specialist) but since they started up after the birth of my second child they are more regular than they have ever been. Ironic really as our family is complete so I could do without them TBH. Could it be perimenopause?

lilaloves Sun 24-Jul-11 15:56:10

I have had this for the last month or two .
I couldn't figure out what could have triggered this but remembered I had layers cut in my hair around face.
The breakouts always seem to be where the layers sit,So in the process of growing them out!

brookeslay Sun 24-Jul-11 16:19:31

As I mentioned don`t know if you clicked on link agnus castus is very good. This is it in tinture form. You can also contact Napiers to ask them what they suggest. I don`t believe in the doctor route unless you feel unwell or suspect any other symptoms.

Reduce your sugar intake it does play havoc with skin ! Try reflexology for relaxing yourself. I did a course and found it great for stress.

kalitixi Sun 24-Jul-11 18:51:04

I second agnus castus!

Also I took some advice from a friendly Boots pharmacist and am using freederm gel on the couple of spots I get: it is for acne but it is different as it takes down the inflammation. If I put it on a spot in the evening, it is much better by the morning.

PedigreeChump Sun 24-Jul-11 19:08:07

I can't really offer advice, but can completely sympathise!!!! Mine is connected to hormones - being on the pill is the only thing that keeps my skin ok, as soon as I come off it my face breaks out and just gets worse and worse. Hope your skin clears up soon!

jumpinghoops Sun 24-Jul-11 19:15:01

brookslay yes thanks, I did click on yr links last night. I bought some of the Skin Purify tea and some Agnus Castus tincture from Holland and Barrett today and will see how it goes. There has been such good advice given here- thanks to everyone who has made suggestions, I have a lot to work with!

pollyblue Sun 24-Jul-11 21:30:31

Yes, I've had spells of under the skin spots around my chin, the last bad spell was early this year. Spot creams didn't seem to be working so I saw the doctor, had antibiotics which did help reduce the spots, but i was still left with small, red, bumpy areas and the occasional surface zit. I ended up using Quinoderm cream - less than £3 over the counter at Superdrug - and this really helped. It's strong - 10% benzyl peroxide - and can cause some flakiness (not too bad in my case and my skin is quite sensitive) but it did the trick.

I'm still prone to redness, oiliness and a generally bleurgh looking chin, so I'm about to start taking Agnus Castus and try to eat less sugar.....Encouraging that these are things lots of posters recommend - hope it works for you OP smile

glitterkitty Sun 24-Jul-11 21:45:12

Mine were just liked that- cleared up as soon as I came off the mini pill.

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