So today is my first day not taking antibiotics. I've read a lot on this site about not quitting cold turkey but I decided to go that route and let you all know how it goes. Because it didn't have severe acne and it was more the PD I'm hoping my face won't flare up like crazy.
Fingers crossed oh so tightly.
So I've survived this weekend and things are looking really good! Much better than last. Something in this last week of antibiotics really just kicked my PD in the butt. My skin actually looks normal, even the texture is almost back to normal with very minimal redness. I noticed a bump after I was drinking under my nose, but I'm beginning to think the acne I get under my nose isn't PD it's just plain old clogged pores, or my skin is too dehydrated.
I have two more days of antibiotics and my fingers are crossed that my skin will continue looking this good.
I'm letting out a huge sigh right now.... Of relief.
Today is a good day. There is hardly any redness in any of my PD areas, and the bumps are more or less gone. My skin looks really good to be honest. I'm on my last week and I just hope it can last this way for the rest of my antibiotics AND after I'm finished. I'll keep you posted.
So yes, It's been two days since I had my little freak out, and since I haven't posted you know things have went well. Two nights ago my lips were so oddly dry which made the area around my mouth tight and red, I've been moisturizing like crazy on my lip and things seem to look a lot better. The actual PD area looks great, some minor bumps, but it looks like my skin is thickening up, it just looks a little un even that's all. I think in time that will go back to normal. So I only have one more week of my antibiotics and I'm just hoping for the best. I think this weekend I should cool it on the drinking, it's always so dehydrating to my skin and it always ends up making it look worse. I'll let you know how it goes. Chin up.
Fucking shit fuck.
This morning I thought things were really looking up. Then all of a sudden tonight it took a turn for the worst. I don't know what happened. The area was feeling extra dry when I went to my night class and so I came home and scratch at a little bump on my lip. That opened up and is now leaking and the area where my PD is got really red. This is so weird because I don't know what triggered this or if it was just because I scratched my lip? What I find strange is that these bumps are on my kip in the first place.... PD shouldn't touch the lip it should be the area just below that.
I'm so confused. If anyone is reading this - do you have any idea what this might be? Bumps and dry spots on my lip and just below. Eczema? But it's not itchy? God dammit, just ruined my night.
So I made it through the weekend, again. I'm happy to report that both nights I went out and did social things and had a great time. On Saturday I did end up drinking a lot and yesterday and today you can really tell. The area near my mouth is really dry, and I don't want to put a lot of moisturizer on it so I've just left it. It does look fine though, not really any bumps. My nasal folds have a few small bumps, nothing major but I'm going to go ahead and say that's from being dehydrated.
That's about all I have to report. I have 10 days left of my antibiotics so I'm really hoping it looks good by then end of this.
So this morning I woke up to no new bumps or anything but have noticed the area more dry then usual. This dryness is causing the area to look more red then normal which in turn just makes me feel terrible. Anything that stands out on my face just gets me down. I hope this will begin to go away as I continue to take the antibiotics. I feel like the area is just extremely thin because of all the products I've used. Stupid steroid creams. Ugh.
Notice how I used the word happy in the title?
Let's hope my mood stays this way. The bump I was upset about two days ago has subsided, with no new bumps and no weeping. It just sort of dried up. It's still a little red but better in my opinion. The rest of the area is doing alright, slightly bumpy from before but doesn't seem to be getting worse.
I noticed the weather here (Vancouver) has been getting less dry, lots more precipitation and my skin has been looking better with that. The minute there's a drop in humidity my skin breaks out. There's gotta be some sort of correlation here! Maybe it isn't anything I'm eating, and it's just the fact that my skin can't handle no moisture. Literally so many things run through my head. ARG!
Well I'm annoyed.
Yesterday I was very pleased with the fact I made it through the weekend, but apparently I spoke too soon... I woke up with a large bump this morning in the are near my mouth. After washing it was a little weepy and that was pretty disheartening. This usually means it's going to return. There are some smaller bumps which I'm sure will continue to get worse but I'm going to pray x10 they don't. So why today? Day 12 of Minocycline and day 10 of not using the antifungal. The reason I thought I was out of the clear was after using any topical on the affected are it always came back within 5-8 days, I guess I got extremely excited when I got passed that mark.
The only thing I can think of that might have touched or affected the area is my boyfriends hair gel or something that I ate. Now what did I eat? Let me think...
- grilled cheese
- 1 glass of chocolate milk
- 3 pieces of pizza (veggie)
- sesame seed bread
- pulled pork sandwich
Okay, so the glass of milk is what stands out to me considering I never drink milk. That and I never eat sesame seeds. Those are the only two far fetch things that I can think of that I might have a sensitivity to. Even then I still eat a lot of cheese and sour cream which are obviously dairy too. Maybe it's time to limit dairy as much as I can *gasp* not sure how easy that will be.
So as you know, I made it through this weekend without getting too bummed out. I was noticing bumps forming again on Friday and after one night of hard drinking and smoking I woke up Saturday with a few more bumps but none in the same area where I was putting the fungal cream. Now it's Sunday and there's no new bumps and the area still looks pretty good in my opinion. I'm thinking drinking and smoking and just generally being incredibly dehydrated causes new bumps. So keep hydrated if you have PD!
I'm excited at the fact that my face might actually be healing
Felt a little bummed this morning when I woke up to a new bump. These bumps are ever so small but they start forming more and more in a cluster and that's when it ends up not looking that great. Right now the area where I was putting the antifungal cream still looks clear, the bumps are actually forming on the outside of that area. Weird right?
Well since I'm on Mino for the month I'm not going to use the antifungal again unless it gets unsightly. Right now there's only a few small bumps and I'm going to pray it doesn't get worse. If the Mino doesn't make these go away, I wonder what that means? I know the medication is working on my face because it has gotten rid of the bumps around my nose as well as a lot of the redness. This is so confusing...
So, it's been just over a week on Minocycline and I only noticed one new bump today. Things are still looking positive and I'm going to continue thinking positive Lots of red marks left over... Not sure if I should use something to combat that or just leave it?
Just woke up and washed my face, etc. Just wanted to update, the area is looking great, where I was putting the antifungal cream is still dry but flaking off, no bumps. However, I did notice one tiny bump where I wasn't putting the cream, as well as a few very tiny bumps along my nasal lines. Now this makes me nervous because when this returns that's usually how it starts. It begins with one small bump and just starts growing from there. So I guess we'll see... I also wonder since I'm on antibiotics why I would continue to keep getting bumps. I notice when I'm making out with my boyfriend his nose is rubbing against the area where my nose/nose lines are, could that possibly have something to do with it? Irritating my skin or rubbing oil off there? Who knows. Just a thought. Also - if this rash begins to return near my mouth, does that mean it isn't PD at all? It's suppose to go away with the antibiotics not get worse. So many things to think about. Although it is too early to tell.
Another thing I wanted to mention - I had to make an appt. with my dentist for a cleaning. I'm extremely scared to go because 3 months ago when I got a root canal is when this all started. I believe the rash became worse because of all the stress my skin went through that day. As well, it could be an allergy or agitation from SLS or fluoride or even the amount of latex being rubbed against my mouth. Just more food for thought.
So good news is I haven't been too obsessed with my skin (you know when you sit in front of your mirror for literally 2 hours examining your face). 2 days ago I stopped using the antifungal cream, so all in all I used it for about 3 full days. I noticed on the third day that it was just making my skin too dry and it was flaking off anyways. So far, the area near my mouth looks better, still a little dry but no bumps. Now I'm not sure if the bumps have gone because of the cream or because my skin has flaked off. This happened before when I used Clindoxyl Gel, it would peel my skin away making it look better but 5 days later the bumps would return. Fingers crossed that this isn't the case.
The bumps and redness under my nose has seemed to subside. I was doing some research on the internet about Seb Derm thinking MAYBE I have that instead? But I realize antibiotics would probably make that condition worse. I'm sticking with the idea that this is in fact Perioral Dermatitis again.
That's about it for today.
So, I thought I posted last night for Day 1 but clearly it didn't go through on my phone. It's fine considering I had a lot more to discuss today.
So today is day 2 of Minocycline (2 pills per day) and day 3 of using Canesten cream (it's not the one for your vagina lol I don't think I would feel comfortable putting that on my face). It's too early to write about how the minocycline is affecting my skin, however, the antifungal cream has been great for moisturizing the problem areas and then drying them out. I say that because it's a cream you rub in, so my skin doesn't feel overly dry, but then the ingredients in the cream dry out my PD spots. So far so good, the spots are drying up and I'm beginning to see less bumps already. I'm hoping this success will keep up. As for my overall routine, I'm still using my face wash (Arbonne) and moisturizer (Cetephil) as per usual and I've changed around my toothpaste and shampoos so they don't contain SLS. Fingers crossed that a month from now I'll feel beautiful again.
Brings me to my next subject - what causes this awful rash. I've put a lot of time and research into Perioral Dermatitis and from my own experience I can tell you about how I get mine and how I (hopefully) eliminate it as well. So, I've had this before as you probably concluded from my other blog. This time isn't as bad, only confined to one side of my face and a little under my nose. Each time I've gotten this it has ALWAYS been from using overly drying products or some sort of trauma to my skin that is overly drying. By this I mean being sunburnt or over washing or using BP. When you ruin your Ph level that is what causes dermatitis. This time I noticed it after a trip to the dentist where I was drooling all over one side of my mouth and where the dentist was constantly rubbing against. So if you've had this before, to make sure it doesn't return try to eliminate situations or products that are going to leave parts of your skin too dry. If you do happen to get this rash, my first piece of advice is to go get yourself a month of antibiotics. That's the only thing that has ever completely worked for mine, regardless of other topical's I've tried. I don't recommend going the natural route because this rash will be around for a long time. In the past I have used yogurt masks, ACV, and now antifungal cream. Right now it's looking like the antifungal cream is taking the cake for a topical for PD. Not sure if PD has an actual fungal component but it works well at keeping the area dry so it can flake off. That's the key here... I know I said PD is caused from over drying your skin so in my opinion using a bit of moisturizer with whatever topical you chose to use is what's going to help your skin the best.
I hope I can at least help a couple other people out there with dermatitis issues such as this. If anyone ever has questions please don't hesitate to PM me or leave a comment.