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Help! Dry And Flaky Skin Around Mouth And Nose

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#1 Adrian2040


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Posted 23 January 2014 - 06:40 AM

Help! My skin's dry and flaking especially around the mouth and nose area. And after I wash my face, it gets very tight and my mouth's hard to move. I don't use moisturizer and I read on this site that it might help. I bought Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream earlier and because I'm afraid of initial breakouts, I just put it on the side of my nose, mouth and chin. Yikes.


Is this normal? It actually stings and feels a bit itchy.

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Posted 23 January 2014 - 11:15 AM

I'm having a similar issue.. For the past month or so I've had very peely skin with tons of break outs all around my mouth. I've tried many prescribed creams, meds, and soaps but nothing seems to work! I keep it moisturizers to the best of my ability but it doesn't heal! I don't know what to do anymore. Where I live has a wind chill of about -5 so I think it's the cold and wind that's drying it out no matter how much lotion I use.. It can't make up for it. The dryness is causing my skin to produce more oils to keep up but it's it's clogging causing more acne! In the summer, with the warm sun, I never have a problem with zits or any break outs. But in the cold months, it's uncontrollable and embarrassing to go in public. I'm trying to eat lots of antioxidants hoping that'll help a little but we'll see! Nuts, fruits, green tea, and fish I've heard help. I've avoided any fried, greasy, sugary foods. I hope I've helped you out! Good luck!

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Posted 23 January 2014 - 02:35 PM

The problem-areas and symptoms you described are usually associated with seb derm induced by malassezia.  Cetaphil will make malassezia worse, but because you have dry skin, you could use dabs of MCT oil, which is sold in the Sports Nutrition section of Whole Foods, or many places on the web.  MCT oil isn't going to cure anything, but it won't make malassezia worse while moisturizing. 


Lotrimin Ultra (not the AF kind) is the only effective OTC anti-malassezia cream treatment, and it's sold in every drugstore. 


Also, make a web order for an anti-fungal like Nizoral 1% shampoo (ketoconazole) or Hegor 1.5% (climbazole) shampoo (check eBay) and use this as face wash and shampoo.  These are not sold in stores but they are non-prescription.  After using one or the other of these for 3-4 days, stand in bright sunlight and scalp your scalp.  If you see a small cloud of dandruff flakes, then you have a confirmation of seb derm induced by malassezia.  It's like dandruff but more adherent, and often invisible until you use an anti-fungal.  Selsun Blue1% (selenium disulfide)  will evoke the same response, but is not effective after the first week.  Head and Shoulders (pyrithione olamine) is a complete waste of time. 


The condition is easiest to understand as a skin allergy, evoked by the oil-eating metabolism of malassezia,  but it's more complex than that.  Look for anything I've posted on this forum for more information. 

haha, oops --"scratch your scalp" not scalp your scalp.

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