Skin update

I recently blogged about my self-diagnosis of perioral dermatitis and the switch to a couple of very mild cleansing products. This has been going fairly well, and the skin around my mouth and chin does seem happier, though not clearing totally. That’s fine, as I’m sure these things take time to heal. There may be more to it though, as I can now report the results of seeing my doctor yesterday regarding another thing to do with my face.

I seem to experience severe allergies intermittently at meals. I get a hot, red nose, sinus problems, flush cheeks. There doesn’t seem to be an easily identifiable trigger food or beverage, so I went to my GP to see if he could refer me to an allergy specialist. He asked me some questions, pushed and pulled my head around a bit for inspection and then connected the blotches around my mouth and chin to the flushing. He seems to think I have rosacea, and so we’re treating the two as related things. No allergy appointment. He prescribed me a metronidazole gel to apply twice a day to get things under control. I’m on day two today. There is a difference.

I’m using the Dr Bronner soap, the witch hazel toner, and a JASON brand vitamin E (5000) jojoba oil as a general moisturiser. In most cases, this works a treat. If I need to wear eye makeup, I don’t put the oil around my eyes, but instead use a Simple brand daily moisturiser. I’ve also found a neat trick to minimise the obvious redness of my skin by trying lip stains. They come in magic marker like tubes and I’m trying two brands right now- Max Factor and NYC. They make me feel prettier. I also like the look of lipstick on me, but don’t wear it often because it gets everywhere and requires frequent touch-ups. The stains are brilliant though. Low maintenance and look good.

So, whether it’s allergy, rosacea, perioral dermatitis, or some dastardly combination of them all, I’m making progress in both treating and dealing with it. I’ll update you when there’s more to the story. I’m hoping this info and the photos help someone out there.