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The regimen brought disaster to me

HarleyZ

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So this is my 7th week. My relaspse has been slowly healing, and I was happy until the beginning of this week. I woke up with two red patches under my eyes on Monday, which I did not worry too much about, because something like this had happened before and it went away as I increased the amt. of moisturizer. However, three days later  - yesterday, the red patches had gone so big and noticeable that I could not longer conceal them with tinted sunscreen. I did not apply BP last night. I put on a lot of moisturizer and went to bed. This morning I woke up with massive rash all over my face. I mean all red, small bumps, and they make my face feel like sand paper. 
I could not just hide in my room all day and sulk. I have work to do. I put on moisturizer only and sunscreen and headed out. It was alright in the morning, but now my face is itching like a mofo, and I can see countless tiny red bumps all over my face under the tinted sunscreen.

I have no idea what is happening. I am not allergic to BP. I have been using it for seven weeks and thought dryness/redness/flaking had occurred to me before, nothing serious like this had ever happened. Now I have trouble concentrating on my work because of the excessive itchiness. I don't even know what to do anymore. I've been asking for help on the forum, but no one helped. I will no longer be using BP from now on, and I want to see if the god-forsaken side effects go away within the next few days. 

I don't know which one's worse. Acne or skin rash. They are both noticeable and emotionally debilitating. I hate this. 
I don't understand why so many people can go so smoothly with the regimen, whereas my skin goes crazy every two weeks.
I am so tired, and yet I am not allowed to even stop for a day and really think about my problem. I have too much work and too many responsibilities. 
Please. I need a miracle. 



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Okay so I have been secretly hysterical for a whole day because of my rash. I've talked to a very close friend, and done extensive research online. I'm pretty sure that I have atopic eczema, marked by dry, itchy skin rash made of tiny little rough red bumps, and swollen areas under eyes. This is allergy. I think BP gave me this for sure. Recently my stress level has skyrocketed, which freaked out my immune system, and made me prone to allergy. If BP was not an allergen before, it is, now. 
I don't know how this is going to end. This is not like last time when I experienced something similar - I applied a ton of Dan's moisturizer and the next day everything went away. This time is it real allergy that has little to do with dryness. This is a skin condition no better than acne. 
I feel so desperate now. I really wish I could talk to someone with similar experience, but I guess not many people have experienced this. I really liked the regimen... now I am just sacred of it.
Time for bed... Don't know what will happen tomorrow. Not looking forward. 

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I hope you are okay. 

Can you take benadryl and see a derm immediately as an emergency visit?

Things like Metrogel work for rosacea and eczema because they're both anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory. It sounds like you need a topical similar to that. 

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23 hours ago, cloudydreamer said:

I hope you are okay. 

Can you take benadryl and see a derm immediately as an emergency visit?

Things like Metrogel work for rosacea and eczema because they're both anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory. It sounds like you need a topical similar to that. 

I took benadryl last night but it did not help. Woke up several times due to massive itchiness, but could not scratch because I knew it would only make my rash worse. Went to the doctor this morning because I woke up with red rash all over my face. Previously it was only two patches under my eyes...now I have it literally everywhere except for my forehead, which is very odd. The doctor gave me a week's dosage of oral steroid, and told me to see a derm as soon as possible. Well like that was going to help. A derm would either give me either more oral steroids or put me on topical steroids, and I hate them both. 
Right now I'm on the oral steroid and I hope it can take away my symptoms. If it does not, I will quit it for good and go on Chinese herbal medicine. God help me get over this last two weeks of classes/exams/presentations/grad school applications... 

My theory for this is that BP has thinned my skin barrier so much that my face has become more susceptible to external stimuli. I am not allergic to BP, and the eczema I'm getting is very likely due to stress that has been accumulating or the past few months. My facial skin is the weakest organ of my entire body, therefore my immune system decided to attack it somehow.

Right now I'm just trying to let the reality sink in and calm down. There's a lot of work to be done, and I certainly cannot just sleep all day. Eczema has made working on the computer really hard because I cannot even wear my glasses due to the rash near my nose. 

However, whatever happens to my face cannot interfere with my brain. My brain power is still here, and I am going to use it to the fullest extent. Jesus I sound really silly now but I really just need to get the sentiments out there. I miss home, but home is literally thousands of miles away on there other side of the earth. Called mother this afternoon and cried. I had never seen this happen to me before. It is not deadly, but is far more debilitating than the acne i used to get. 

Time to get some planning done. 

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4 hours ago, HarleyZ said:
I took benadryl last night but it did not help. Woke up several times due to massive itchiness, but could not scratch because I knew it would only make my rash worse. Went to the doctor this morning because I woke up with red rash all over my face. Previously it was only two patches under my eyes...now I have it literally everywhere except for my forehead, which is very odd. The doctor gave me a week's dosage of oral steroid, and told me to see a derm as soon as possible. Well like that was going to help. A derm would either give me either more oral steroids or put me on topical steroids, and I hate them both. 
Right now I'm on the oral steroid and I hope it can take away my symptoms. If it does not, I will quit it for good and go on Chinese herbal medicine. God help me get over this last two weeks of classes/exams/presentations/grad school applications... 

My theory for this is that BP has thinned my skin barrier so much that my face has become more susceptible to external stimuli. I am not allergic to BP, and the eczema I'm getting is very likely due to stress that has been accumulating or the past few months. My facial skin is the weakest organ of my entire body, therefore my immune system decided to attack it somehow.

Right now I'm just trying to let the reality sink in and calm down. There's a lot of work to be done, and I certainly cannot just sleep all day. Eczema has made working on the computer really hard because I cannot even wear my glasses due to the rash near my nose. 

However, whatever happens to my face cannot interfere with my brain. My brain power is still here, and I am going to use it to the fullest extent. Jesus I sound really silly now but I really just need to get the sentiments out there. I miss home, but home is literally thousands of miles away on there other side of the earth. Called mother this afternoon and cried. I had never seen this happen to me before. It is not deadly, but is far more debilitating than the acne i used to get. 

Time to get some planning done. 

I'm so sorry to hear this. I really am praying hard for you. I hope your oral steroid helps. I think BP did the same thing to my cheeks. I overused it a bunch for weeks and weeks, and when I used another irritating product after, my cheeks broke out in a weird rash and zits. BP seems to make your skin less resilient over time -- the topical cream anyway. Now I only use it on an emergency. 

Hugs. Hang in there. 

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20 hours ago, cloudydreamer said:
I'm so sorry to hear this. I really am praying hard for you. I hope your oral steroid helps. I think BP did the same thing to my cheeks. I overused it a bunch for weeks and weeks, and when I used another irritating product after, my cheeks broke out in a weird rash and zits. BP seems to make your skin less resilient over time -- the topical cream anyway. Now I only use it on an emergency. 

Hugs. Hang in there. 
Thank you so much for sending moral support. Steroid did help somewhat. The itchiness went away, and the rash on my cheeks calmed down. I still have very red skin around my eyes, which may not go away easily due to excessive dryness BP has caused. We should be careful when using BP again. It seems that "the more, the better" does not work for our skin type when it comes to using BP. I will probably only use it for spot treatment in the future... Again, thanks for your support. 

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I have eczema too and contact dermatitis.  One year ago, my face was flawless and this one day I'd decided to go for a swim. After a long exposure to sunlight ( I live in Malaysia so it's always summer here ) and chlorine, I went back to my place and it was fine. Then, the next day I had terrible flaky and dry skin, followed by breakouts on my face only. Since then, I will have 3 to 5 new cystic acne on my face and jawline everyday. I'm not exaggerating. As the old ones heal, the new ones will appear and it can be depressing. I understand how you feel and sometimes I will try not to make any eye contact with anyone because I was so embarrassed with my face. I've just start using this regimen last week and I heard that some have experience breakouts after the 5th week. I still have high hopes and going to stay patient but I can't say much because I'm only on my first week 

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6 hours ago, Lydiabrowne9294 said:

I have eczema too and contact dermatitis.  One year ago, my face was flawless and this one day I'd decided to go for a swim. After a long exposure to sunlight ( I live in Malaysia so it's always summer here ) and chlorine, I went back to my place and it was fine. Then, the next day I had terrible flaky and dry skin, followed by breakouts on my face only. Since then, I will have 3 to 5 new cystic acne on my face and jawline everyday. I'm not exaggerating. As the old ones heal, the new ones will appear and it can be depressing. I understand how you feel and sometimes I will try not to make any eye contact with anyone because I was so embarrassed with my face. I've just start using this regimen last week and I heard that some have experience breakouts after the 5th week. I still have high hopes and going to stay patient but I can't say much because I'm only on my first week 

Honestly speaking, I still have faith in the regimen because it did help me improve my skin a great deal. However, please be very careful about the dryness. BP has damaged my skin's ability to retain moisture completely, which is part of the reason why I had this eczema outbreak. Now although the steroid has helped me get rid of most of the itchiness and swelling, the skin around my eyes still looks raw and red, and feels coarse. Hydrate your skin while on the regimen! Reduce exposure to UV and wind! I really hope that the regimen can help you get clear skin!

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On November 29, 2016 at 11:59 PM, cloudydreamer said:

I hope you're doing better today. How are the medications working?
Sending good energy. 

Thanks for the note. I am feeling quite alright today, but I was sent to the hospital in an ambulance yesterday due to excessive swelling in my eye area. I stopped the steroid after 4 days of taking it (maybe too abrupt), and had been massaging my rashy skin with an essential oil that my mom gave me. She said it would help, but I am suspecting that the oil was responsible for my swelling. I could barely open my eyes, and my skin was so coarse and red. The doctor gave me a huge dose of steroid via IV, and warned me to not use anything topical on my face anymore. I don't even wash my face anymore, which is just fine because I don't go out, and my skin is really, really dry due to what has happened during the past ten days. 
Hopefully by not applying anything to my face my skin can slowly heal on its own... The doc put me back on oral steroid and two antihistamines for a week. Fingers crossed...

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I'm glad you're feeling okay, but I'm so sorry to hear you had to go to the ER. :( 
How's your eye now? Did any of the swelling hopefully go down at all? Product allergies can definitely cause horrible itching and swelling, it sounds like you had a pronounced reaction because your skin is already so sensitive and vulnerable...no acid mantle/protective oils [from being dried out] makes you way more vulnerable to these things. I'm sure for now that washing for warm water is enough. 

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On 11/29/2016 at 11:13 PM, HarleyZ said:
On 11/29/2016 at 4:57 PM, Lydiabrowne9294 said:

I have eczema too and contact dermatitis.  One year ago, my face was flawless and this one day I'd decided to go for a swim. After a long exposure to sunlight ( I live in Malaysia so it's always summer here ) and chlorine, I went back to my place and it was fine. Then, the next day I had terrible flaky and dry skin, followed by breakouts on my face only. Since then, I will have 3 to 5 new cystic acne on my face and jawline everyday. I'm not exaggerating. As the old ones heal, the new ones will appear and it can be depressing. I understand how you feel and sometimes I will try not to make any eye contact with anyone because I was so embarrassed with my face. I've just start using this regimen last week and I heard that some have experience breakouts after the 5th week. I still have high hopes and going to stay patient but I can't say much because I'm only on my first week 

Honestly speaking, I still have faith in the regimen because it did help me improve my skin a great deal. However, please be very careful about the dryness. BP has damaged my skin's ability to retain moisture completely, which is part of the reason why I had this eczema outbreak. Now although the steroid has helped me get rid of most of the itchiness and swelling, the skin around my eyes still looks raw and red, and feels coarse. Hydrate your skin while on the regimen! Reduce exposure to UV and wind! I really hope that the regimen can help you get clear skin!
Thanks! I'm at the end of week three now. I still have breakouts these couple of weeks but I'm so happy because I see a really great result on my skin. Of course I experience dryness and flakiness on my skin and jaw but I try to moisturize as much as possible.  Some areas on my face have a few stubborn acne but I'm positive that it's working well on my skin. I read that L-lysine and zinc help people with acne so I took those on my second week. On my first week I had an eczema outbreak on my arm. I didn't take any medicine or apply steroid on it. But after I took L-lysine, it seems to calm my eczema down and it helps my acne healing process  too. I just feel like telling you this.  Edited by Lydiabrowne9294

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1 hour ago, Lydiabrowne9294 said:
Thanks! I'm at the end of week three now. I still have breakouts these couple of weeks but I'm so happy because I see a really great result on my skin. Of course I experience dryness and flakiness on my skin and jaw but I try to moisturize as much as possible.  Some areas on my face have a few stubborn acne but I'm positive that it's working well on my skin. I read that L-lysine and zinc help people with acne so I took those on my second week. On my first week I had an eczema outbreak on my arm. I didn't take any medicine or apply steroid on it. But after I took L-lysine, it seems to calm my eczema down and it helps my acne healing process  too. I just feel like telling you this. 
Wow, that's awesome about the L-Lysine. I'll look into it! But, I'd pass on the zinc unless you're really estrogen dominant - even a slight deficiency can boost T levels and worsen acne [this happened to me]. 

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