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Cranjack

Dealing with an unavoidable irritation...

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I've struggled with acne since puberty. Described as moderate, and usually swollen white heads on face and neck.

For the first time in my life, I started seeing someone. About a week after we started kissing, I awoke to four cysts on my chin. I was horrified, but the horror turned to anguish when it was eight cysts on my chin by the end of the week. I am a teacher, and having multiple kids ask me "What's on your chin?" or "What's wrong with your skin?" can really take its toll on me.

I amped up my routine - I don't use acne.org but rather a mix of things I've been told from dermatologists I've seen (benzyl peroxide cleanser, then salicylic acid, then benzyl spot, then moisturizer). It helped, but my chin is still a disgusting mess. And I think I know why - his stubble. His stubble rubs my chin raw. I now try to moisturize like crazy beforehand, but clearly it's not helping enough.

Apart from ending kissing or asking him to shave more (his hair grows so fast I don't think it matters), what can I do to combat an irritant? There must be something (maybe the glycolic acid from acne.org?). I really can't go on like this.

Thanks in advance.

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