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#1 SpottedChan

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Posted 07 July 2011 - 08:59 AM

I'm 30 years old and for the last year, I have been suffering severe onsets of acne. (Let me explain here that I am just calling it "acne" but I am actually skeptical if it really is)
It does go through phases... worst was about Fall of 2010... hundreds of bumps errupting on my face literally in 1-2 days... and also bumps on just one side of my back and kind of in a wing shaped area across my hipbone (acne version skank stamp lol) ... then clearing up magically while I was on a trip to Indianapolis for a week right after the onset. Right now is is not as bad, but I do have quite a few bumps I am battling. Last night I felt 3 new ones well up under my chin in a matter of 30 minutes.

What is puzzling me is how last year's worst breakout phase errupted in a few days and cleared in a few days... plus, they formed in strange parts of my body (like across my hipbone) that I wouldn't usually think are acne prone. What is also puzzling me is that my acne seems to form strange patterns. Right now, notable discolorations (post acne) I can see on my face are in a 1 inch "triangle" right under my cheekbones adjacent to my hairline, a mild "C" shape line along my laugh lines, and straight lines starting (a few of them) from my jaw bone to under my jaw/neck.

The 3 new ones under my chin that formed just last night, out of those 3, 2 are prominent and 1 is very minor. But the 2 are approximately 1/2 inch apart from each other, and I noticed that those 2 formed parallel to an older set of pimples (now dark discoloration/spots) that are remarkably also 1/2 inch apart from each other. I have been noticing that my bumps always seem to form in a cluster or line of 2 or 3. For this reason I have wondered for a long time if these may not be acne at all... perhaps some sort of a bug bite (our neighborhood has tons of spiders and bugs... right now our house seems to be infested with baby spiders as I found them in my bathroom and also hanging from my office bookshelf... but for the most part these bumps don't really itch. They usually don't have white heads either... bumps seem to be deeper into my skin. Some of them go away in a few hours whether or not I do anythings with them, some of them stay, and a few new ones will form in as short as 30 min like I've mentioned. I have gotten cystic acne in the past too and these are somewhat like them, except for the most part they are pretty small, and only turn into a pussy infected mess when I end up messing with them (guilty as charged). And I used to have GREAT skin!

My dermatologist is essentially useless.. he wanted me to go on 2 months of antibiotics the last fall when I made an emergency appointment with him when my skin went crazy, but I didn't want to nuke myself with antibiotics unless there was proof that this was really just acne & bacterial and he didn't bother scraping the lesions or anything so I was skeptical. I ended up not taking them as my skin suddenly cleared up a few days afterwards and I felt that that kind of extreme fluctuation shouldn't have happened if it was just a tough case of simple acne. So I am researching for other possibilities.

Does anyone else out there have a story like mine? Can common acne form lines and patterns?? Do you know of other skin conditions or illnesses that manifests as bumps forming strange lines & shapes or occurring in unusual spots?? I thought I may have psoriasis or another type of dermatitis instead of acne (I was diagnosed with eczema and dermatitis on my limbs a couple of years back) and I read some success stories of people trying Nizoral shampoo and I have been looking everywhere for it but somehow every drugstore I've been to over the last 2-3 months were out of stock.

What could I have that the docs may be missing?? The other big picture possibilities I am considering are hormonal (thyroid, pituitary, hormonal buildup in liver etc), toxic build up in my liver/body, or allergies or sensitivities to something (many possible causes.... live near lots of plants, have dog/cat, moved into this house about a year ago (and yes, it does seem to coincide with my acne issues) with older carpet, noticeable number of spiders (a few species), very different water from before (VERY hard, tons of lime... run humidifier and furniture will be covered in white powdery film). I also got cat scratch disease as a teenager and have had a chronic lump in my lymph nodes under my ears for the last 15 or so years : ( ... possibly immunocompromised and battling some infection??

There are so many possibilites I don't really know where to start... while my skin issues bothered me tremendously over the last year, I was also prepping for jaw surgery and going through lots of pre-surgery orthodontic work, treatments for my scoliosis, etc so I just had too much on my plate to really debunk my skin condition... but I am now done with the surgery and feel like I am finally ready to get to the bottom of my skin issues!

I know it would be impossible for you guys to diagnose me just from reading my posts, but I AM hoping that I can get comments from others that may have had similar situations, if not identical, similar in some aspects of it. I want to do as much research and collect as much info as I can before starting to bombard doc offices : ) Thanks so much in advance!

#2 emmieri

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Posted 07 July 2011 - 10:04 AM

It sounds like an allergic reaction to something rather than acne. Some Derms can be really stupid and useless...I had one once that looked at my cystic acne that was forming behind my ears and (no joke) said, "well honey...what is that? Omg...you poor thing..." and continued to poke around trying to figure out what it was...idiot haha.

needless to say I switched to a GOOD derm in a larger city and I have been with them since. So I'd go hunting for a new and better doctor. Ask around.

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 03:58 PM

Maybe you should see your primary care physician.  Is it possible that you have shingles?






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