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Sun Sep 25, 2005 2:20 am      Reply with quote
My skin has been behaving a bit strange lately. I haven't changed anything in my skincare routine, but I have developed some kind of rash with small blisters (some type of dermatitis?) around the nose on the left side of the face. I tried to get it away with 1% hydrocortisone, but it hasn't helped at all.

My theory is that it is stress-related, as I am working long hours at the moment with finishing my Ph.D. Also, I am normally quite conscientious when it comes to diet and exercise, but now, I've been eating a lot of meals in the uni. cafeteria, which I normally shy away from.

Any ideas or thoughts, or even remedies? It's not so much, and it doesn't itch or sting, but I don't LIKE it (and it's too little to go to a doctor, also).

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Sun Sep 25, 2005 5:25 am      Reply with quote
I think you have already found the root of the cause with the Stress, my Mother in Law is exactly the same, it's your body's way of saying slow down and take care of yourself.

I know it is hard to find any extra time for yourself when you are studying but try finding some time each day for just a walk in the fresh air. Stock up your room on fresh vegies and fruit, even nibbling on raw carrots and apples is good.

Fish Oils are good for any eczema type problems. Try taking a good B vitamin complex, Vitamin A/Fish Oils or Linseed supplements and Zinc.

Also dink lots of water, I also make up a flask of green tea & peppermint first thing every morning and help myself throughout the day, there is still caffene in green tea and it's good for you.

And good luck with the PHD
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Thu Oct 13, 2005 3:48 am      Reply with quote
Update: the rash is still there, actually, it's getting worse Sad I tried treating it with hydrocortisone, but to no end. And here in Norway, getting a dermatologist appointment is a long and time-consuming process which I'm not sure I want to start.

But I have done a bit of research, and I concluded that my rash is most likely a mild case of perioral dermatitis, which is actually aggravated by cortisones. Obviously, the best treatment is to dry the area out, by using absolutely no products. I'll give it a try, and see what happens.

Perioral dermatitis is known as the "stewardess disease", it's actually quite common, but most often wrongly diagnosed. Its cause is not known, but it could be due to overuse of products, too much moisture! and maybe even things like tootpaste. Sad

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Thu Oct 13, 2005 5:29 am      Reply with quote
You know what? Your description of the “rash” sounds exactly like the type of sores that I get in the corners of my mouth every so often. They’re not really fever blisters or cold sores because they don’t respond to the typical treatments for them. And the hydrocortisone cream didn’t work for me either (also made it worse). I posted an “SOS” for this problem back during the summer months and was flooded with solutions from other EDS members. I tried each and everything they suggested and the one thing that actually seemed to finally wipe out the sores/blisters was the simplest (and cheapest!!) suggestion of all: mix a few drops of Tea Tree Oil with a bit of pure Vit-E oil and apply it as often as possible to the affected area. I was obsessed with those cracked blister things on my mouth because I’m obsessed with having the perfect (plump) pout, so I was slathering on that TTO/Vit-E oil mix every 30 minutes or so!! They started clearing up almost immediately and after about 2 days, they were completely gone. Now I actually keep a tiny little bottle of TTO/Vit-E oil handy at all times so whenever I feel one of those hideous little sores coming on, I can nip it in the bud!

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Thu Oct 13, 2005 8:55 am      Reply with quote
Idea Maybe I'll try that. Today I only put on some MMU instead of my normal foundation, and no hydrocortisone, and it looks much better. And your mixture really sounds like an allrounder, maybe I'll try some on my DH's sore fingers (he has eczema, and uses prescription-strength creams for it, so why not try something milder:))

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Sun Oct 30, 2005 2:12 pm      Reply with quote
I must now say, after some back and forth, that I have started to suspect that my skin reacts badly to rose, specifically the Dr. H rose cream, but the Aromessence rose d'Orient from Decleor also makes it flare up (I think). While the Dr. H toner (for normal/dry skin) seems to calm my skin?

Anyone else reacted to the rose cream? Earlier, I've always kept it to treat my skin when it's been dry and flaky, but it seems I have to find a new magic potion for that...

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