Edit: Attached a zoomed-in pic to better illustrate the constant whiteheads.
Hi all, it's been five months of derm visits and rxs, and I still am not sure exactly what I have. I was initially diagnosed with perioral dermatitis over 2 years ago, and my (stupid) derm gave me a lotion that contained hydrocortisone and metro. I used it for nearly two years, and it worked. Upon realizing how bad cortisone use is, I stopped it -- and my face flared dramatically.
The flare phase has passed, but mini-eruptions have not. A more recent derm thought I might have demodex/rosacea, but ivermectrin + oral anti-parasitics did nothing. I've also tried finacea and antibiotics, to no avail.
Here's what my condition is like: every day, I get a handful of small, fluid (not pus)-filled bumps. They appear around my mouth and nose, and to be honest, they aren't even inflamed most of the time. I can literally scratch them off (no popping needed, since they are so superficial), and while the area becomes red for a while, if I put some sulfur on it, it's back to normal the next day.
I'm washing with a black soap, which I feel at least keeps my skin healthy, but it is not preventing the small pimples (?). Has anyone heard of this? The bumps, which I get EVERY day, are never deep -- just small, whitehead-looking things that if smothered with sulfur, are almost always gone in 24 hours.
My derm seems to be puzzled and wants me to go on Accutane, and to be honest, I'm sick of dealing with this and will likely do it. I just don't like not knowing what the problem is -- what if I go on Accutane, and it doesn't knock it out? It doesnt help that the last two times I've gone in, I haven't had a fluid-filled bump to show her.
I would really appreciate any help that can be given. I'm at my wit's end.
*pic: if you look closely, several of those bumps have a small whitehead. Since using the soap the larger, non-whitehead bumps have diminished. All it takes is a slight scratch to pop them, and again, they are totally superficial.
Edited by Pod09, 23 October 2013 - 02:22 PM.