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  1. Perioral Dermatitis? Rosacea? Allergy? (Pic)

    I'm trying to trust the derm... Another peel coming up this week, and I'm getting extractions this time. My skin looked okay for a few days before the peeling started post-peel last time, then the peeling dredged up tons of zits and colorless bumps. They're going nowhere and continue multiplying. Now I need those extracted, plus another peel to help them heal and dredge up more closed comedones, I guess. It's all so confusing! Is there an end to this, or am I just making it worse? Thanks for checking in! I still think the colorless bumps are either a sweat allergy or a fungal infection, though I don't know how to gauge or fix either!
  2. Perioral Dermatitis? Rosacea? Allergy? (Pic)

    Thanks so much for sharing! I am 90% a hermit right now because I can't bear the way I look / can't go out in public without feeling horrible. Alternating Retin-A and Finacea every other night, but I've already had to take one night off due to irritation. I'll have to do the same tomorrow night. Too much raw, red skin. Finacea is on tonight, and even though I'm not supposed to anymore, I'm spot treating a few bumps with Elidel. I have several new ones, despite not wearing makeup for the past week now. It's sickening.
  3. Perioral Dermatitis? Rosacea? Allergy? (Pic)

    Saw the derm today. (Side note... She said that Clotrimazole makes people's skin look better because it's moisturizing and soothing, not because they necessarily have a yeast infection on their faces. In fact, very few people do have an actual yeast infection. Just FYI to all who have experienced improvement with Lotrimin or another antifungal cream. So much for that.) She fussed at me for not following her instructions earlier this month, but I told her I couldn't shake things up so much right before Christmas. I've determined that I'm allergic to nearly everything, including Everyday Minerals makeup (which I only spot cover with anyway). I also sweat profusely 90% of every day, whether or not it's hot inside or outside. After wearing makeup to multiple holiday events, I've ended up with rashy, zitty grossness in areas where I usually don't have a problem... And, naturally, in the areas where I've had an ongoing problem since May. Because the esthetician in her office is on vacation, the derm refused to extract a whitehead that I had extracted last night, but which refilled. I talked her into at least injecting it with Kenalog 2.5. She didn't want to mess with anything else and just told me to follow her instructions from a few weeks ago: 1) Stop Minocycline 150 mg and Elidel. 2) Stay on Yaz, Spiro 100 mg, and Retin-A 0.025% as often as my skin can tolerate it. Add Vanicream Lite Lotion to buffer the Retin-A. 3) Start Oracea (Doxy 40 mg every day) and Finacea 15% foam on the nights I don't use Retin-A. She wanted me to use the Finacea in the morning, but I sweat so much when I'm awake that it seems like it would ruin my skin and create irritation. 4) Start Robinul 1 mg to deal with sweating. On the fence about this. I hate adding more pills, but it may help. I also have been told that my "sweat bumps" are actually very mild sebaceous hyperplasia. They come and go. Sucks. Because I'm desperate for an answer, I intend to at least follow steps 1, 2, and 3. I may need Elidel to quell some sweat bumps every now and then... Just because I'm not sure if the other stuff will work on those. And I'm terrified because I'm adding another topical (initial breakout potential), I'm cutting a strong antibiotic dose to a low antimicrobial dose of another drug entirely, and I'm adding a moisturizer (allergic to most moisturizers I've tried in the past). I've scheduled another light salicylic acid peel for next week to speed up the purge. May need extractions then, too. Hoping to only need the peel on my chin, but I may need it in other areas (forehead, especially) if things don't improve between now and next Wednesday. Anyone out there who can offer some hope? Tips? Prayers? This could go really well, or it could go really badly. Just to add... I will not be wearing any makeup because all it does is clog me more and spread the rash/zits. This means I will go grocery shopping and do nothing else. My life sucks.
  4. Perioral Dermatitis? Rosacea? Allergy? (Pic)

    I don't know if anyone still follows this, but things are seriously worse than ever. Extractions and injections don't get rid of the bumps. They keep coming back in the same places, and then they spread. They never fully go away, even if they diminish temporarily. I've tried using Clotrimazole instead of Retin-A or Elidel on my chin for the past week, and it's quelled the rashy areas temporarily, but I've ended up with spreading of the rash and even a couple of painful cysts in return. The hard keratin/sebum plugs can sometimes be pulled out with tweezers, and then other times, they get stuck and result in cysts. I'm at the end of my rope. I see the dermatologist in two days, but I feel so sick about everything. Minocycline doesn't do anything anymore. Spironolactone doesn't prevent anything. Yaz isn't working. Retinoids are too drying. Elidel makes me too greasy. I had to wear makeup for the holidays, so the rash spread. The bumps are worse. My life sucks. What do I tell the derm? I saw her at the beginning of the month. She told me to stop Minocycline and start Oracea, stop Elidel entirely, and use Retin-A at night and Finacea during the day. I'm terrified to shake things up that much. The antibiotic to antimicrobial shift (from Mino 150 to Doxy 40) will be too drastic, and I'll end up with an even bigger issue all over my face. The Finacea may cause too much irritation and make the rash worse. What do I do? Opt for a laser treatment? Blue light therapy? Help. Please.
  5. Freaking Out After Extractions & Peel (Pic)

    So. The scabs healed, but guess what? All the pimples she extracted are now back, and I have way more pimples than I started with. I also have ugly red marks everywhere. I flipping give up. I will never get those procedures done again.
  6. Freaking Out After Extractions & Peel (Pic)

    Thank you!!! Seriously, I just need loads of positivity at this point. I hate that she didn't fully get at least one of these comedones, so it's still working it's way up to the surface. Ugh. I also, of course, woke up with a couple new spots on my cheek. Adding insult to injury! I never break out there, so I assume it's from crying. Just loading up on fluids to try and cleanse the skin, too.
  7. Freaking Out After Extractions & Peel (Pic)

    I am on Minocycline already, so I'm sure that can't hurt. I went in to see the nurse (eh, LPN) at the derm's office this AM. She said everything looked normal, and the yellow-green discoloration was just platelets, not infection. Fingers crossed that I continue to see improvement... A few scabs lifted off pretty easily when I washed my face this morning. Now wearing a beard of Biafine and trying not to look!
  8. Freaking Out After Extractions & Peel (Pic)

    Although I appreciate the advice, WelcomeSmirk, it's a bit late for that now. Not very helpful.
  9. Freaking Out After Extractions & Peel (Pic)

    I have huge, raised, green scabbing on some areas. Also have red/brown scabbing on other areas. I can't wait to call the derm's office as soon as I wake up. Thanks for the input and support because I'm losing my mind. I used Elidel, which I'm sure helped with redness, but this yellow-green issue is very concerning. The scabs protrude so far. I haven't picked a thing or washed my face. I think the chemical peel spot treatment was fine/will be fine, but the extractions murdered my skin. Help? She also failed to fully extract a couple places, which are now larger and redder with heads forming.
  10. Freaking Out After Extractions & Peel (Pic)

    I'm going to try Elidel, and I'm calling the derm in the morning. So many scabby wounds. I'm hoping that someone can instill some hope here and say, "Hey! My face always look like that after extractions and a peel!" I've not been able to find anyone who has said it so far...
  11. I had some annoying pimples and comedones that I wanted to get rid of quickly because Retin-A wasn't working fast enough (had to cut back on use this winter). The dermatologist recommended extractions and a 20% salicylic acid peel. The esthetician extracted a lot, and she's apparently an idiot because she tried to extract my colorless moles. My skin looked horrible, so she only spot-treated it with the peel. I 100% regret having the procedures done. I am scabbed and scarred and swollen beyond belief. The extractions killed my skin, and on top of that, the peeling should begin within the next 2 to 3 days. PLEASE HELP ME!!! Before pictures and after pictures are attached. After pics are about 3 hours post-appointment. With my fair, sensitive skin, I should have known better.
  12. Perioral Dermatitis? Rosacea? Allergy? (Pic)

    I never got a diagnosis. Things cleared up for about a month, and now I'm back to having worse skin than ever. The season change prevented me from using Tazorac every night, and heavy moisturizers broke me out more. Now I have more clogged pores and zits on my chin than ever. It's worse than it was when it all started in May. It's so depressing. My derm has recommended a light peel. My chin is where most of the issues are. Tons of clogged pores that make their way up to the surface and form large red pimples that seriously do not go away. They don't go away. Still on Spiro 100 mg, Yaz, and Minocycline 150 mg. I am now using Elidel again after weaning off of it in the summer. I can't go without it because my skin is always raw and irritated now. I'm also using Retin-A 0.025% every other night instead of Tazorac. Nothing is getting better. Only getting worse. I'm at a loss. Updated picture from tonight.