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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!

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.

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

And yes, Smash WAS ace.

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...

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.

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.

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

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

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

<decides against macaroni cheese for dinner>

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


Oh. My. God.

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.

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


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

thread with same thingy?

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....

IknowwhatiTis Fri 19-Aug-16 04:05:54

It's DEMODEX!!! I spent the last 3 damn years figuring this skin infection issue out!!

I saw the dermatologist that diagnosed me with papulopustular rosacea. I then researched this and found out about demodex which is a likely cause! These are lil white plugs that if picked at turn into scabs.

Underneath the scab is demodex. sometimes one larger one and sometimes MANY small ones. There are 2 kinds that live on your face. They look like lil white black heads but aren't and they itch and you feel the need to scratch and pick.

This is an over infestation of these creepy crawlies that live in our skin ...every month or so u end up with a breakout but otherwise skin is healthy. If you try to pop them they get worse. I found plucking them with tweezers helps but takes a long time and your face will look like shit! However, they don't go away til every last plug (or demodex) is gone.

The CURE!! Dun dun dun..... TEA TReE OIL!!! Buy shampoo, body wash, toothpaste, and 100% tea tree oil.. please look up the correct ways of using tea tree oil because that is very important.

I am doing my treatment as we speak and the last few weeks my face has been sore red and peeling. This is a good thing because it's like Lazer treatment getting rid of that old yukky skin and regenerating new fresh skin! This helps bring them to the surface so you can kill them with 100% tea tree oil when they are doused in it. So it helps bring to surface and then kill them. I would recommend using 100% directly on the breakout (after removing the scab) so that it gets them good.

I wish you all luck!!! My face is getting better every day and the best part ....even though it still hurts is that the tea tree and the peeling skin helps get rid of the scarring from previous breakouts!

Leesamo Sun 26-Mar-17 07:25:22

I've had this problem for almost almost 20 years and just now starting to figure out what thus might be. Do you have any type of toenail fungus? I think this is a fungus. I use tea tree soap all over my body because the terrible plug type things love my arms and chin. Terribly painful if you don't dig them out. I just recently started using T/gel as a body wash for all over because yes I think I have had a toenail fungus for as long as I have had this plug type problem. These things seem to be coming out on their own now with out digging. I scrub the t/gel everywhere. My feet toes and all over my body. It seems to be working better than anything I've tried. Along with antifugal cream over the counter. Try lamisil and the t/gel method. So far it's helping me. Dermatoligist told me it's morgellans and basically I'm doing it to my self. I know this isn't true. Try it and let me know if it helps you. I'll keep you updated on my progress also. It's only been a little over a week and I can tell a difference.

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