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Subject: Off Topic. Way, way off topic!!
Date Posted: 10/23/2010 11:46 AM ET
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Something weird and terrible and disastrous is happening to the skin on my face and I was hoping one of you brilliant ladies might have some suggestions for me...other than telling me to invest in some Halloween masks which is my only plan right now.

The skin on my face is breaking out and getting patches that are so dry they peel and the patches get very read.

I am almost 40 years old, why am I getting pimples??? I didn't get pimples when I was a teenager, can't imagine why I'm getting them now. Is it a hormone thing that is happening because I am getting old? Isn't it weird to be getting pimples when I'm also getting patches so dry that they peel? The pimples are like those deep ones that swell up and can't be popped. Right now, I have four of them, but I think there might be another one coming out on my chin. What is up with that? Weird.

Any ideas on some sort of cream or something I could put on it? I'm not sure because stuff for the pimples would not be good for the dry spots and stuff for the dry spots wouldn't be good for the pimples, right?  So, as you can see, I have a dilemma!

Help! I can't stand this and I'm spending way too much time staring in horror at the mirror. This is time I could be reading! Plus, I'm supposed to be going to a fancy dinner thing that is being held for mine, my son's and my grandfather's birthdays next weekend and I do not want to go looking like this. I don't know if they sell any Halloween masks that will go well with a fancy cocktail dress. Maybe a Cinderella one? Maybe I'll just do the old standby of going with too much cleavage so no one is looking at my face. With my luck, I'll develop a pimple on my boob the day before the dinner. Aargh.

Date Posted: 10/23/2010 11:57 AM ET
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Should I also mention that I only use Clinique cleansing and makeup products because I've always had sensitive skin? Could I have developed a weird reaction to Clinique after using it for so many years?

 

Come on, ladies, put your thinking caps on and help a sister out! You don't really want me going to this fancy dinner with my lady bits hanging out, do you?

Date Posted: 10/23/2010 12:08 PM ET
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Oh Valli, the same thing has happened to me.  I never had problems with my skin until I hit 48, then I started breaking out and getting dry  red patches.  My DD manages a spa so I went there and I have been using Murad it really helps.  I also developed rosacea and Murad has helped with that as well.  You can get it on line,  To start out with I just got the travel size and it lasted for a month, and gave me enough time and product to see if it worked for me.  So I didn't make a huge investment just to find that it didn't work.  I really like it and my skin looks and feels so much better.

Date Posted: 10/23/2010 12:13 PM ET
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Yes, you can develop allergies after using products for years. I never had problems with eye makeup and then one day my lids are swollen to beat the band from a reaction to mascara. Now I can't wear anything and have a perscription hydrocortizone (sp?) for the irritations I do get. Can't use fabric softener on my sheets for my eyes get red and bloated - even have to avoid some hotel chains that bleach the heck out of their laundry or I have problems.  These are things that didn't develop until my thirties or thereabouts.

Date Posted: 10/23/2010 12:15 PM ET
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It could be rosacea.

from Wikepeda:

Rosacea (pronounced /ro??ze??i.?/) is a chronic condition characterized by facial erythema (redness).[2]Pimples are sometimes included as part of the definition.[3] Unless it affects the eyes, it is typically a harmless cosmetic condition. Treatment, if wanted, usually involves topical medications to reduce inflammation.

It primarily affects Caucasians of mainly northwestern European descent and has been nicknamed the 'curse of the Celts' by some in Britain and Ireland, but can also affect people of other ethnicities. Rosacea affects both sexes, but is almost three times more common in women. It has a peak age of onset between 30 and 60.

 

I have rosacea. I've used a perscription topical lotion & antibotics. I have to be careful of the sun. I burn very easy anyway. Avoid Alcohol - not that I ever realy did drink.

Date Posted: 10/23/2010 12:45 PM ET
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it does sound like rosacea, Valli - very treatable! Not the end of the world yet. wink

Date Posted: 10/23/2010 12:48 PM ET
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I vote for rosacea too.  I have it also, and developed it in my 40's.  I went to a dermatologist, who asked me if I was of Celtic descent, and when I said yes, then mused aloud, "What did you expect? You're getting older"...ya think?

It usually only shows up along my hairline, though, and mostly on my forehead.  Bangs, Valli, perhaps long bangs!

I use a gentle cleanser, good moisturizer, and Triamcinolone Acetonide cream (prescription) when I have a break-out.  But I do have to say it has gotten much better over the past two years or so.

Date Posted: 10/23/2010 2:30 PM ET
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I read more about rosacea and I believe you all are right; it sounds exactly like what is going on with my face. The pimples, the redness and dryness, and I'm the right age for it, definitely sounds like rosacea. I'm just relieved to know it's something I can easily treat! I'm also going to leave off my makeup for a few days just in case it's making the problem worse. Cathy, I've had some of the same problems as you with fabric softeners and washing detergent. I can only use one brand, anything else gives me a rash.

Does anyone know if there is any over the counter cream that I could buy right away to start treating it? I made an apointment with a dermatologist, but the earliest he can see me is this coming Thursday.

Letty, can you buy the Murad at a drug store?

I was hoping that if I could start some type of medicated cream on it today, it might not look too terrible by the day of the dinner, which is next Saturday. I have the cutest new dress and some fierce heels and I don't want my face looking all funky!

Oh, the joys of getting older...I'll probably start sprouting chin hairs tomorrow. *sigh*

Date Posted: 10/23/2010 3:12 PM ET
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Valli, I would ask a pharmacist what would be best.  In my experience, pharmacists are the bomb!  They are so helpful, and would steer you in the right direction, until your appointment.  Good luck!  

Date Posted: 10/23/2010 3:50 PM ET
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Valli I get mine through DD Spa, but they carry it at Utla stores, here is a list for the Ulta stores in AL, maybe one is close to you.

Date Posted: 10/23/2010 9:12 PM ET
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I agree with everyone else Valli, that it sounds like rosacea, my daughter developed it about a year ago and it sounds VERY similar.

Date Posted: 10/24/2010 1:15 PM ET
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I, too, was thinking "rosacea".  I started developing it in my mid-30s (41 now).  Prior to that, I didn't use any products and rarely wore makeup. (Couple times year, maybe--blessed with great skin in my younger days and hate makeup.)  I just washed with clear water and used moisturizer in the winter.  It was still relatively mild when I started looking for non-Rx answers before finding a derm and going the Rx route.  What I found most helpful was Dr. Leslie Baumann's Skin Type Solutions book.  It helps youe valuate skin conditions and problems accross the sprectrum, from the bottom up, and help you determine what type of products are most likely to work best for you--eliminating the random trial and error.   It took a skin regimen of about 8 products, (not all of them every day) but it got it under control.  I'd recommend the book to anyone with skin problems, and even if you don't.  Good, solid skin care understanding and information.

The downside was that those products (and Rx, too, I believe) only keep it under control.  If I stopped using them for whatever reasons, within a few days or so, I'd see renewed problems and it would take two weeks to get back to "normal".  Ultimately, what solved it for me was diet and exercise.  I changed my diet completely and started working out for weight and health reasons.  I lost 55 pounds and got my cholesterol, BP, and blood sugar back within normal levels.  The unexpected benefit was that my skin completely cleared up.  I was actually able to get rid of everything but very mild cleanser and moisturizer (which I should have been using all along, anyway) and go back to "no makeup".  (I don't know THAT can last.)  Sadly, I've gradually slid back into some of the less than healthy habits and I'm not working out as much.  Regained 20 pounds and guess what?  Skin has deteriorated some, too. That moisturizer has become a tinted moisturizer.  I'm in the process of getting and staying "back on the wagon". 



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Date Posted: 10/24/2010 2:22 PM ET
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You all are so helpful! I, on the other hand, was bemused by the prospect of Valli wearing a Halloween mask to go with her fancy cocktail dress and fierce heels. Not that I want you to suffer Valli, but I just thought it would be one more entertaining story for Valli's Annals of Amusing Anecdotes.

Really, Valli -- I hope that you resolve your skin issue quickly and go to your birthday dinner looking the sexy, stunning babe we know you are.