Pityrosporum Folliculitis ?

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Hi Nordener, I've found that adding 2% niacinamide (Vitamin B3), 1% dl-panthenol (Vitamin B5) and 5% Glycerin to help with tinea versicolor. I have hyperpigmentation tinea versicolor, although I suspect this will work on hypopigmentation too. The process is slow, although some results are visible in as little as three days. After trying this for two months, I've about some success, where about 20% of the brown spots turned white and flaked off. By extrapolating, ten months would be necessary for me to heal all of the spots.

I'm a "2" on the Fitzpatrick Scale. I think that people who are "3" or more on this Scale have hypopigmentation from malassezia, but I'm not sure if this is true. My best guess is that malassezia has several different mechanisms to adjust it's environment, via some kind of photosynthesis-reaction, and that's why some have light spots and others have dark spots.

On the other hand, if you have KP, aka chicken skin bumps, then topical coconut oil will treat that in a month or so. Watch out though, because if you have a problem with malassezia, topical coconut oil will make everything much worse, in 3-4 days. Coconut oil is one way to do a differential diagnosis for KP versus malassezia.

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Hello,

I was wondering if you fine folks will be able to help me out with a extremely stubborn case of folliculitis. I had posted about my problem in another thread, but no one answered, and unfortunately my problem is persisting. My problem started back in May with a tinea infection on my hands,arms, and thighs. They treated me with a topical anti-fungal/steroid cream. I was also on antibiotics at the time for a sinus infection. When I ended both treatments I noticed I had a spot left. I went back to my doctor said it wasn't tinea and gave me hydrocortisone cream. That didn't work and then gave me all kinds of topical antibiotics, they didn't work he gave me a oral antibiotics, that didn't work. Went to a derm that confirmed folliculitis, by way of a shave biopsy and gave me more antibiotics, and they didn't work.

I always had a sneaking suspicion that it was PF but they never gave me any anti-fungals. They said since the shave biopsy came back negative for any fungus they were not going to prescribe me any. I finally got my doctor to prescribe me some, a 4 day course (Diflucan 150mg). It was finally almost clear, then something happened, either I shaved or had sweat too much and it got way worse. I begged and my doc gave me a week dose (100mg). Its not any better. It looks like it gotten worse i don't know if that's possible haha! I'm at my wits end with this, I have spent hundreds in copays and useless prescriptions. I really need answers, or advice please guys I'm one desperate lady! I'm going to try to attach pictures of what my legs currently look like.

Any help or advice you can give is greatly appreciated.

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Can anyone help?? I just posted in the other forum but i'm trying to get any help I can!

This started as what appeared to be acne on my arms. Then moved to my chest and occasional torso. Then I went to the derm and she said I have Folliculitis. Gave me 2 steriod/anitboitcs to try. It went away about 80% and then 4 days later came back but even worse!! All over. My chest, legs, face, and arms.

She gave me another antibiotics but it's not working.

From everything I've read, I feel like I have PF, but wanted your opinion on this photo. Does it look like it?

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Hey nbrown224 - It does look a lot like the PF flareup I had on my chest this past spring/summer, triggered by a course of antibiotics. Stopping the antibiotics seemed to help a bit initially, but the first derm I saw diagnosed it as acne and started me on acne topicals, which seemed to aggravate it more, and then the hot muggy weather started, which probably added to the problem. Then the derm started me on another antibiotic, which made things even worse! I finally found this site (hallelujah!), self-diagnosed as PF, stopped everything the derm had prescribed, started on some over-the-counter antifungals, and saw improvement within just a few days. Within a week or so I was 80% clear, went to a new dermatologist, she agreed it was PF, added a prescription topical to the mix, and since then I've been mostly clear, just a few spots here and there.

SO: I think it probably wouldn't hurt for you to do a PF "test run" just like I did--then if it works, you can go back to your derm (or a new one) with "evidence." You'd have to stop taking the oral antibiotics and stop using any acne-related topicals (cleansers and leave-ons), and switch entirely to anti-fungals. There are tons of product suggestions on these forums, but what I started with was Nizoral shampoo (the 1% over-the-counter kind) in the morning and at night the Noble Formula 2% zinc soap (bought it on Amazon). Wet skin, lather on, leave for 5 min. or so, rinse of thoroughly. I also used Lotrimin Ultra cream (over-the-counter, make sure you get the "Ultra," it's different from regular Lotrimin) morning and night. Try that regimen for a few days and see if you see any improvement. My dermatologist also gave me a prescription leave-on foam of selenium sulfide (same stuff that's in Selsen Blue shampoo--which is another thing you could try). Initially I was doing cleansers and leave-ons twice a day, for the first 3-4 weeks; now that I'm more in maintenance mode, I'm still playing around with which products to use and how often, but overall feel like I've got it under control.

Good luck!

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Thank you so very much!!!

I finally convinced my derm that it was PF. She gave me a topical Ketoconazole and I've stopped all antibiotics. I am doing the Nizoral Shampoo, getting my body wet, laterhing it on and leaving for 10 minutes. Then washing off. I bought the Noble Formula 2% zinc bar online, so I'm hoping I get that soon!

I haven't been able to find the Lotramin Ultra yet, all of the pharmacies Ive been to, have said they are recalled.

I've been doing this for 24 hours and have seen just a slight improvement in the redness.

How many days before you really saw an improvement? I'm thinking the antibiotics still need to get out of my system.

Anyway, thank you so much for the reply!! I'm so thankful for this forum.

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I would say after about 3 days I definitely saw an improvement, that is, a reduction in the number of bumps and how inflamed they were. But even then I wasn't entirely certain it would last, because the condition had always waxed and waned a bit over the 4 months, sometimes seeming to get better for a day or two and then suddenly flaring right back up again. But after about 6 days I had no doubt it was a steady, consistent improvement. I will say, though, that my flareup was a bit milder than yours--my chest looked a lot like your photo, but I had more smaller bumps, fewer of the bigger ones, and it was really localized mainly to my chest, not really anywhere else. I was on antibiotics for about 5 weeks, and I didn't take steroids like you mentioned you did...so it might take you a bit longer than it did me, but hopefully you are on the right track! Be patient, and I would say give it at least a week or two. Even then if you feel like it's not improving, don't give up on the PF diagnosis right away, consider trying other anti-fungals. From what I understand, not everything works for everyone, and the yeast can quickly become resistant to any one product, so it's good to mix it up. For instance, Nizoral shampoo is actually ketaconazole, so since you're already getting that in the prescription topical, you might try something else--there are loads of suggestions in these forums (Selsen Blue shampoo, tea tree oil, propylene glycol, mandelic acid...).

I, too, am so thankful for this forum! Who knows how long I would have endured this, since my dermatologist dismissed a fungal cause after one negative biopsy and insisted on the acne diagnosis. She was about to switch me to a different antibiotic when I came across this site. Phew!

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Hi nbrown, the condition on your chest is most likely Pilaris Keratosis (aka chicken bumps). It's considered untreatable by western medicine, but is treatable with raw coconut oil. About 40% of all humans have this problem at one time or another. It's not a permanent allergy, and no one knows what causes it. It's not really seb derm.

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Hello all!

Here is my story....

Had acne since I was in my early teens, went on various antibiotics (for quite a prolonged time).

Most of these antibiotics never fully cleared me up, various peroxide creams, vinegar etc I've tried them all and even done a short course of accutane.

I have very oily skin, I believe it is this combined with the prolonged use of antibiotics and poor/ sugary diet that resulted in me getting PF.

I was given Nizoral on the past from a derm but they never explained what I had nor advised on diet etc.

I have within the past week started using nizoral religiously combined with frequent wipes/light washss of face to remove oil.

My skin is 99% cleared, it's absolutely amazing and I can't believe I didn't just do this before!!

In my opinion my diet played a pivotal role in the pf. I would eat copious amounts of fat/sugary snacks, it seems only when I mixed cutting these with nizoral use daily that I saw exceptional results.

It is obviously still early days (a weeks no time at all)

But I am confident this is a long term treatment (going to reduce as muxh as I xan and cycle with head and shoulders)

I will keep you all updated and hope to god that anyone in a similar situation to me can read my post and gain some sort of hope/solution for this condition.

Kind regards

Daniel :D

An additional note:

I did try and still use an alum block (especially when shaving)

I believe this takes care of the bacterial issues present on skin really well, it won't get rid of the fungal issue but a combination of the block and nizoral are giving me fantastic results.

The pf I had was all over my face, scalp, back of neck and shoulders, chest and arm.pits.

It was invisible in certain light and very noticeable in others.

When I squeezed my pores say between my bottom lip and chin it would excrete a white/yellow substance.

Hope this is useful to some people.

Daniel

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Hello!

I believe I have malassezia folliculitis that affects mainly my scalp. Ocassionally I get some pustules on my chest/back but my scalp is always affected.

Alongside this I have seborrheic dermatitis which I've been able to keep at bay. My face/scalp can get a bit oily and flaky but I haven't had a serious outbreak for a long time.

The pustules on my scalp however have been terrorizing me for the last years. I've been to the doctor but nothing they've prescribed me with has helped. It wasn't until recently through some searching on the internet that I found out about malessezia folliculitis. I'm going back to the doctor to see if I can a diagnosis of this.

Since then I started taking oil of oregano and turmeric orally which I believe has helped a little bit. My scalp feels less itchy and so far I believe the amount of pustules have been reduced although new ones keep popping up.

Does this condition cause hairloss? Sure male pattern baldness runs in my family but I've lost most of my hair and I'm fairly young.

Some say it's diet related. I've been on a low carb/sugar and dairy/gluten free diet before for weight loss reasons and it didnt really help my seb derm/folliculitis though there was some cheating involved from time to time.

Is it worth going on a strict yeast free diet or is that just a waste of time? The problem with such a diet is that I can't see myself commiting to it for the rest of my life.

Some of the stuff I've tried are

Selsun

ketoconazole shampoo

salicylic acid

head and shoulders with 1% pyrithione zinc

pyrithione zinc creams

various antiseptic creams

virgin coconut oil

tea tree oil

I also take supplements everyday so my body gets all the vitamins/minerals it needs.

Hello,

I had hairloss fairly young and believe it often comes with increased oil/sebum combined with less hair to soak it up.

This I believe has something to do with the yeast in my case thriving.

In regards to the diet, I believe it was key in my case to reducing my pf.

I have stopped buying chocolate/sugary snacks and only rarely eat them when a friend/family member offers me some. (Don't want to appear obsessive about my diet ha)

Sticking with the nizoral well rubbed in and left on for a min of 5 minutes has just eradicated the vast majority of my pf pimples.

Make sure that you are sticking with both the diet and treatment. (Nizoral in my caee for the yeast)

Daniel

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Am i suffering from Pityrosporum Folliculitis or grover's disease

Scabies?

Thank you so very much!!!

I finally convinced my derm that it was PF. She gave me a topical Ketoconazole and I've stopped all antibiotics. I am doing the Nizoral Shampoo, getting my body wet, laterhing it on and leaving for 10 minutes. Then washing off. I bought the Noble Formula 2% zinc bar online, so I'm hoping I get that soon!

I haven't been able to find the Lotramin Ultra yet, all of the pharmacies Ive been to, have said they are recalled.

I've been doing this for 24 hours and have seen just a slight improvement in the redness.

How many days before you really saw an improvement? I'm thinking the antibiotics still need to get out of my system.

Anyway, thank you so much for the reply!! I'm so thankful for this forum.

Might want to add probiotics to your diet to put back all the stuff that the antibiotics killed. As I understand it, when the bacteria are wiped out by antibiotics the yeast then takes over unchecked. Look at yogurt, probiotics beverages, kefir, etc. It's hard to pin down what worked, but I feel like it helped.

Also, Nizoral is amazing!

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Hey guys,

Just wanted to share my story with you guys and hopefully be able to offer some helpful advice. I've been dealing with chronic Folliculitis on my face and scalp for close to 5 years now. I've been to several different dermatologists over this time period and they've all provided a different diagnosis but similar oral and topical anti-biotic treatments. I've spent countless hours reading through posts from other users with similar experiences and am convinced that I am suffering from Folliculitis, which was one of the diagnosis I received from one of the dermatologists I visited. As is the case with many of you who have had similar experiences, during treatment the Folliculitis has completely gone away only to come back worse than before after finishing treatment. Most recently I was on Doxycycline for about 4 months, tapering off during the last month and a half as advised by my dermatologist, hoping to kill the infection for good. That was not the end result, unfortunately, and now my Folliculitis is back on my scalp and face (chin and jawline) worse than ever before

I refuse to visit another dermatologist and be prescribed more oral anti-biotics which will only make my condition worse over time, so I am seeking alternative treatments. I read that many people have had success washing their face and scalp with Hibiclens (an antiseptic skin cleanser whose active ingredient is 4% chlorhexidine gluconate) and started washing with it yesterday. Already I am seeing some enouraging signs that this thing might actually work since my bumps feel less inflammated and red in color. I'm going to continue washing my face and scalp every morning after I wake up and evening before going to bed until I hopefully get rid of all the bumps.

I also ordered a Mandelic Acid wash from Amazon which I also hear works to help treat folliculitis. I am not sure yet exactly how I am going to work this into my regimen, but I was thinking of perhaps alternating between the Hibiclens and the Mandelic Acid wash. Also to be clear, prior to using the Hibiclens I am using an exfoliant on my face to unclog any pores and my normal shampoo on my scalp to wash my hair. I will be sure to provide you guys with an update on my progress over the next couple of days and weeks.

To summarize, here's my current progress:

-On day 2 of using Hibiclens twice a day to wash my face and scalp (using exfoliant on face and tea-tree oil shampoo prior to application) and so far it seems to be keeping the Folliculitis under control and possibly reducing the inflammation of my bumps, with minor dryness/irritation (at least for now).

-Scalp still very itchy, but some improvement from prior to washing with Hibiclens. I wouldn't say that the Hibiclens has been effective in treating the itch if that is what you're looking for. For that, I have found Selsun Blue (w Aloe Vera) the most effective.

I hope I can find an effective treatment once and for all that does involve becoming a slave to a damaging anti-biotic. Good luck guys!

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Just diagnosed with this condition on scalp and face. I have been prescribed low dose accutane (20mg per week) and have been told this will get rid of it for good by reducing the oil production of my skin. It may take 6 months or it may take 6 years but low dose will eliminate it. Any one any experience with this treatment?

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Hi everyone, I opened an account just to reply to this topic cause I'm at my wit's end!

Can't quite believe how many people seem to be suffering with this. I am now one of them I think!

Quick story - it all started late Dec 2014, started getting a few weird spots on forehead (between eyes) at Xmas. Thought I was probably having a breakout, so used normal acne products. About 2 weeks passed got into new year and everything started to get worse. The bumps started to spread up my forehead and by late Jan my forehead was bumpy, red, itchy and raw with all these little, what looked like clogged pores and blackheads.

I'm a picker (unfortunately) so yeah I did start to scratch the clogs out. What came out was liked hardened sebum - some of the clogs were so deep! Anyway, I've now realised picking them out doesn't much help and I've probably scarred my face quite a bit.

From January onwards I was still using my normal skin care routine all over face (cleansing oil method, plus jojoba oil for moisturiser) then I got desperate and bought some salicylic acid spot treatment which I thought was helping but didn't clear it up. Bought freederm which weirdly stung the area. Then I bought tea tree oil but because my face is quite sensitive, I mixed it with jojoba/hemp oil and lathered it on affected area.

When that didn't work I thought maybe it need extra moisture so started adding a really thick oil balm to forehead at night. That was a mistake. It started getting worse and spreading. That's when I started searching on internet and discovered PF.

I can't think what else it could be!

Start of February I bought Nizoral shampoo over the counter. Started using it morning and night (leaving on for as long as possible) and at first it seemed to be helping. I got excited! But now after nearly four weeks, it's stopped getting better. In fact it seems that while some bits clear, the bumps spread to other sections of my forehead. Most of them are under the skin (if you catch the light right, there's probably about 100 tiny flesh coloured bumps), some look like blackheads, and others pustules. It's so confusing.

Other things I've tried are baking soda and lemon juice. Lemon juice seemed to calm redness but it irritates the skin a bit!

I read lots of people talking about candida and so looked up symptoms and I think I had mild oral thrush and didn't even realise it till now! I had a very thick white coating on my tongue. So I decided to get some fluconazole (difflucan) - I've taken one tablet (150mg) and the coating on my tongue pretty much went away within 24 hours. But I'm wary of self-medicating and taking more of this. I've even now tried putting clotrimazole cream on it (thrush cream) on my forehead.

I don't want to go to my doctor cause here in the UK you're only now allowed to see your registered doctor, and mine is a TERRIBLE doctor. I know he'll just want to give me antibiotics.

Does anyone have any advice of what to try next?

I've ordered some ketoconazole cream and some more fluconazole, and I've even purchased some retin-a which I don't know whether is worth trying on my forehead (I want to use it on my face because I have normal acne there).

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Hi everyone.

I've been struggling with PF for about 10 years now after I battled glandular fever and was put on a ridiculous range of antibiotics over about a 6 week period. It's started off mild (pimples on my back that would never go away) but a year ago completely exploded over my chest, neck, inner thighs and even my feet after two round of steroids for my chronic sinusitis.

I was desperate for a solution that wasn't just temporary and was scouring the forums trying to get answers. In the end I stumbled upon an article that highlighted a link between PF and Candida Overgrowth so I did a lot more research and realised that what was the actual root of my PF was the candida fungus that had overgrown in my gut so badly it had penetrated the cell walls and tissues in my body and come through my skin. Consequently I researched every cure, tried all the wives tales and then resorted to a very strict candida diet for 3 months which involved me cutting out anything that the fungus feeds off (carbs, starch, wheat, vinegar, 98% of the sugar and dairy) in order to starve it and kill it.

I knew I couldn't do longer than that because I love my food but I had tried everything and this was my last hope. My PF flared up more for the first few weeks but after a month I noticed a bit of an improvement (less postules and less need to use my topical treatments) at the two month mark my skin was really showing signs of improvement and the PF on everywhere except my chest and neck had gone away. By 3 months I was 95% clear with only small spots and no puss. Through this whole period I was taking a probiotic a day which I'm absolutely convinced made a huge difference in helping my body clear out everything in my gut.

So I went back to my normal quite high carb diet (still on the probiotics though) scared that it would all come back. But the wonderful news is that it's been 6 weeks now and I am absolutely delighted to say my skin is now all clear everywhere on my body. Pimples under the skin on my face which I thought were just pimples have even gone which tells me I had PF pretty much all over and my chest is the clearest it has been in a decade.

If you are looking for a solution, you absolutely have to do it through diet. The topical treatments will never be able to clear up fungus that's internal and once it is in your cell walls, antifungals won't clear it up either.

I urge you if you are suffering with PF to Google 'Candida Overgrowth' find the strictest diet you can and stick to it for 3 months. It's 12 weeks of going without all the stuff you like eating for a life with CLEAR skin.

I wanted to comment on this thread because I remember feeling so hopeless and frustrated as I scoured the Internet for a solution and no one ever wrote a comment that said 'I fixed it' unless they were health obsessed and were controlling it by being on some super strict awful diet for life (which is impossible to maintain).

So please try a Candida Diet just for 3 months and you will be so thankful you did! It 100% worked for me and I had PF to varying degrees for 10 years.

Good Luck.

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Hi everyone.

I've been struggling with PF for about 10 years now after I battled glandular fever and was put on a ridiculous range of antibiotics over about a 6 week period. It's started off mild (pimples on my back that would never go away) but a year ago completely exploded over my chest, neck, inner thighs and even my feet after two round of steroids for my chronic sinusitis.

I was desperate for a solution that wasn't just temporary and was scouring the forums trying to get answers. In the end I stumbled upon an article that highlighted a link between PF and Candida Overgrowth so I did a lot more research and realised that what was the actual root of my PF was the candida fungus that had overgrown in my gut so badly it had penetrated the cell walls and tissues in my body and come through my skin. Consequently I researched every cure, tried all the wives tales and then resorted to a very strict candida diet for 3 months which involved me cutting out anything that the fungus feeds off (carbs, starch, wheat, vinegar, 98% of the sugar and dairy) in order to starve it and kill it.

I knew I couldn't do longer than that because I love my food but I had tried everything and this was my last hope. My PF flared up more for the first few weeks but after a month I noticed a bit of an improvement (less postules and less need to use my topical treatments) at the two month mark my skin was really showing signs of improvement and the PF on everywhere except my chest and neck had gone away. By 3 months I was 95% clear with only small spots and no puss. Through this whole period I was taking a probiotic a day which I'm absolutely convinced made a huge difference in helping my body clear out everything in my gut.

So I went back to my normal quite high carb diet (still on the probiotics though) scared that it would all come back. But the wonderful news is that it's been 6 weeks now and I am absolutely delighted to say my skin is now all clear everywhere on my body. Pimples under the skin on my face which I thought were just pimples have even gone which tells me I had PF pretty much all over and my chest is the clearest it has been in a decade.

If you are looking for a solution, you absolutely have to do it through diet. The topical treatments will never be able to clear up fungus that's internal and once it is in your cell walls, antifungals won't clear it up either.

I urge you if you are suffering with PF to Google 'Candida Overgrowth' find the strictest diet you can and stick to it for 3 months. It's 12 weeks of going without all the stuff you like eating for a life with CLEAR skin.

I wanted to comment on this thread because I remember feeling so hopeless and frustrated as I scoured the Internet for a solution and no one ever wrote a comment that said 'I fixed it' unless they were health obsessed and were controlling it by being on some super strict awful diet for life (which is impossible to maintain).

So please try a Candida Diet just for 3 months and you will be so thankful you did! It 100% worked for me and I had PF to varying degrees for 10 years.

Good Luck.

Interesting you went 3 months. I went to a herbalist and he told me just 6 weeks of just fruits and vegetables. I did it for 2 weeks and my skin was like a baby's again. The weight loss afterwards is too much though.

So, yes it is one's diet but it can come back from the times I've cheated and skipped a serving of vegetables or had some flatbread and pasta. I think what really made it come back were the almonds in some kashi cereal a friend let me have on a weekend trip. It;s weird though since I can drink Almond milk and never have signs, but when I eat raw or roasted almonds that are in put in a meal., it makes me break out. Cashews are no problem.

I agree the probiotics does help and cutting out refined and processed sugars is great

I've gotten rid of it by using Selsum Blue and will try Nizoral as well and don't live in humid climates (for sure) . Cold weather seems to keep it from coming even if you do cheat on food once in a while.

Oh, one time the derm gave me some ketaconozale tablets and those worked wonders but they said I cannot take it long term as it would really affect one's liver.

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I had really bad bumps all over my forehead. They itched, burned, and drove me crazy! I avoided certain light and looking into mirrors. I went to a dermatologist but the truth is they only want to prescribe you stuff from big companies that won't really work, you'll peel and just feel more miserable then before.. Or they put you on antibiotics that will help.. but it's not a sustainable way of dealing with the bumps. SO HERES WHAT I FOUND WORKED PLEASE TRY!!!!!!

LATHER face with DHS DANDRUFF SHAMPOO 2% PYRITHIONE ZINC

WAIT 3 minutes or so.. wash it off

follow up with Noble Formula Moisturizer (the one with 2% pyrithione zinc)

OKAY LAST PART

In the morning take 1-2 zinc tablets 50mg

AND 2 ACIDOPHULUS PROBIOTIC PILLS

Good luck, stay strong, defeat the bumps!

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I have been dealing with this condition for a year and at first I felt a very unbearable burning sensation on my forehead. I develop small red bumps that are very tender even without touching them. The bumps then all get whiteheads throughout the day. I am on spiro and bcp as well but never had any issues until a year ago and so far nothing has helped. The pictures below are the bumps at their worst top picture is am and bottom is pm. I would greatly appreciate some help. I am extremely desperate.

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Has anyone here tried Omega3s & Probiotics, and not ones you buy at walmart, but ones fr the healthfood store, or fr a reputable vitamin company like Usana. I have been having bad breakout all along my hair for the past week or 2, and I've been sick, but also have noticed my immune system is lowered. My sis works in natural meds, and suggessted these vitamins, and it was like a lightbulb moment, AHA!

Obvi Omega3s & Probiotics would be good

Omega3s are anti-inflammatory

And Probiotics are anti-fungal, you should take these after any prescription meds anytime, they will help your body build good bacteria back.

But ehh I totally forgot about these two, as well as my multi-vitamins. Everyone please give these a try, I know probiotics help with my acne, I use Genestra Brands "HMF Capsules-Probiotic Formula", which i purchase at the healthfood store in, found in the refrigerator, for about $27. I take it before i go to bed at night, a few hrs after other meds.

Hope that helps someone, anyone. I know what its like to feel you are alone in this, and you are not and remember you are beautiful men and women, even if you have acne. Please remind yourself of that :D

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I am hoping to get some help.  I am miserable, diagnosed with this last week after four months of agony, being treated by MD for excema, then heat rash.  GIven dose after dose of steroids, then antibiotics.  I have an awful looking rash after one weeks treatment with Ketanazole shampoo and cream.  It wasn't near as bad when I saw the doctor.  I am itching and in so much pain.  Called the dermatologist's office and was told by a nurse it would get worse before it gets better since I've probably had it awhile.  Is this true for any of you?  Horrible red painful rash on back, sides, and now groin area.  (I'm a post-menopausal female).  I always get rashes in the summer but they usually go away.  Was told it's from sweating.  I am physically sick from all of this and extremely discouraged.
Any help or support would be encouraged.
 

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I used to have clear skin on my forehead and occasionally get two pimples or so around that time ...  After a trip to NYC i started getting little white colourless bumps all over my forehead, could it be because of the heat and pollution there?

I thought they were acne and started treating it as if they were, but they just would not go away. So after 4 months of trying to get rid of them, i gave up. Then i went on a vacation to mexico..Let me tell you after a week they diminished , i did however go in the sea a lot. 

Anyways they came back to haunt me shortly after. I finally decided to do a proper research on what they could be and found out that they could be folliculitis and it matched my description pretty well. I haven't been diagnosed or went to a dermatolagist because i think they are a waste of money .

Description of how they look:

Skin coloured bumps.

Some times red and they have like a microscopic hair coming out them

they Don't itch 

apear  when i use shampoo 

cleared a bit with the ocean 

 

Does anyone else have this? And if so how did you clear it? help!

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IT IS THE WATER!!!!  We acne prone ppl are allergic to chemicals. STOP using them!!

Our skin can't handle Free Chlorine (Cl-), Combined Chlorine ( Sodium Hypochlorite), Hydrogen Sulfide (rotten egg smell) and Iron Oxide (rust water)

Get a filtered shower head!!!! You will be amazed how your water is damaging your skin and hair. A filter will filter chemicals making your hard water softer. Trust me, I have tried everything before I started washing my body with only filtered water. Wash your face with combinations of honey, lemon, and coconut oil and sugar for exfoliation. Thayers Witch Hazel (No Alcohol) as toner. Use aloe Vera gel as moisturizer. Tea tree oil is great too. Best of wishes.

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