Just Call Me OCD

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

    Never an official diagnosis. After 4 rounds of chin peels (salicylic acid 20%) - 3 of which involved extractions - I am still working to stabilize things. I do think the peels helped, though I had an "ugly" period about 1.5 weeks after each peel. I continue to have these tiny bumps that come up and form whiteheads, then I extract them, they go away for a bit, and they seem to come back. I'm able to pull "plugs" out of some of them instead of popping. After my final peel (at least for a while), I restarted Retin-A 0.025% 2 weeks later. I've been using it nearly every night for the past month, as I used to. Any moisturizer breaks me out, so none of that. Retin-A seems to bring the pimples/bumps to the surface faster, but whereas I used to not even get pimples/bumps more than once or twice a month, they keep forming on a weekly basis now. I can't pinpoint triggers. I'm using Oracea, which is a godsend for inflammation. I'm still on Yaz and Spironolactone 100 mg, plus I added zinc gluconate 25 mg on 2/13, then increased it to 50 mg on 2/28. I feel like it helps with the inflammation and redness as well, though the whiteheads and random bumps continue. I do wonder if I'm sensitive to cinnamon flavoring, as I chew a lot (I mean a lot) of cinnamon gum, or if my detergent is breaking me out from where my pillowcases hit my face, or if I have a sensitivity to gluten/dairy/peanut butter, etc. But I seriously can't figure it out, nor am I willing to do any elimination diets. I'll probably start Tazorac 0.05% again soon since the weather is changing. I don't want to end up with horrendous breakouts like last spring/summer when the season changed and I wasn't using a retinoid more than twice per week. Weather is always a trigger for me. It can't decide whether it wants to be winter or spring yet, so I'm frustrated by that. I am either peeling or sweating. Dry or oily. Make up your mind! Haha. Again, I'm still doing way better than I was. I need to remember that. Tiny bumps and pinkness are nothing in comparison to cysts. I just have BDD. It will never be good enough for me.
  2. This was my fourth salicylic acid peel on my chin, performed by a trusted medical esthetician. Problem. The skin frosted on the sides of the chin, and it peeled off in sheets by the end of the third day post-peel. I'm left with a normal color (white) in the center of my chin, plus bright red blotchy new skin (huge patches) on both sides. I'm used to getting post-peel breakouts, and that's happening. Small whiteheads and larger pimples being brought up to the surface. What concerns me the most, though, is the giant areas of hyperpigmentation. Is there any way to fade this faster? I'll use sunscreen, won't use Retin-A for 2 weeks post-peel, will stay out of the sun, etc. But should I be doing anything else for the redness? The skin isn't raw. It's just red and blotchy, a marked difference from the surrounding skin. Peeling is 100% done, just to clarify. Help!