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Questions For People Who Have Experienced Allergy-Related Acne

06 March 2013 - 02:40 PM

Hi Everyone,


I'm new to the boards so I hope I'm posting this in the right spot.


Basically, my skin has been pretty clear since taking Accutane nearly two years ago. I usually just have a couple whiteheads but they dont really bother me. However, starting about 2 1/2 weeks ago my skin got really bad. The first thing that happened was I developed a weird rash on my chin that I still have at the moment. After that I started getting A LOT of whitheads - first they were popping up around my nose and then when those went away they started popping up around my mouth. In both situations, I would wake up with at least two new whiteheads everyday and they would last 1-3 days. At the moment I have about 4 whiteheads around my mouth and one painful pimple with no head that is right in the corner of my mouth (and a TON of red marks and scabs from whiteheads that have gone down).


Although having this much acne is unusual for me I still just thought it was a bad breakout. However, when I woke up this morning, there were some whiteheads under my left eye and there was this really big, extremely red bump (no head) under my right eye (in the "bag" under my eye). Overall, the effect this had on my face which was already looking pretty terrible was huge. It made me look like I was sick or something...and that's when I started thinking that I might be having a reaction to something and that something might be oranges or mangoes. Lately, I've been eating 1 or 2 oranges and/or mangoes a day which isnt typical for me so I'm thinking that this is why my face is flipping out. (Before this, I would probably eat 1 or 2 oranges a year and I had never even tried a mango.)


So, sorry I made this into a really long story but I wanted to post this because I wanted to ask some questions for those of you who have experienced an allergy-related breakout:


1. Did you notice that your breakouts were confined to the mouth, nose and eye area?

2. How long did it take for your face to resume to normal after cutting out the food that was giving you problems?

3. Is there anything you can do to make the breakouts go away quickly (on top of cutting out the culprit food)? I was thinking of maybe taking an antihistamine like Benadryl. Has anyone tried this? I already drink a ton of water but maybe drinking even more would help clean my system? (I know I should be patient but I am going on a lot of job interviews and these breakouts are killing me!)