Face is breaking out: why?

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    Sep 28, 2010 8:18 AM GMT
    So i made a thread about this months ago but couldn't find it because RJs search engine apparently can't find anything I posted to past Sept 3rd.

    Anyway, synopsis:

    I get these things I called "traveling spider bites," raised bumps almost exclusively on my face that are stingy and itchy, and if I scratch them they puss orange. They spread no matter what. They're usually fleeting, lasting only a day or two and then disappear. They can be all over my face, especially forehead lately and along the jawline, though originally started on my cheek. They're sometimes behind the ears, occasionally on the neck, and rarely anywhere else on the body. Never on the nose or near the mouth.

    The only thing that eliminates the symptoms is Desonide, but I can't use that after two weeks because it starts to thin the skin permanently if used on a prolonged basis. So after two weeks of use and pristine skin, the bumps start to come back. If I go about two weeks without using Desonide (just one application) the bumps swell to the point where I look like I got beat up.

    Dermatologists have no clue what it is. I got tested for bacteria: nothing. Got tested for allergies, and I'm allergic to Decyl Glucoside. That seems to be the ostensible culprit, as I have been watching my hands regularly with a soap that has that ingredient in it! But now that the soap has been discarded three days ago the symptoms are not alleviated at all. And unfortunately everyone at the office that has access to this "list" of products I can buy that do not have Decyl Glucoside (or derivatives, parents, or mixtures of) are all on vacation. So now I'm left in the dark wondering what the fuck I'm using now that has some sort of Decyl Glucoside in it.

    Anyway, this is pretty much an ongoing source of my depression and pure hatred towards life in general. I've visited the dermatologist about 8 times over several months, and nothing has helped.

    Maybe one of you guys can shed some light or provide clues to help my situation? icon_cool.gif
  • Webster666

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    Sep 28, 2010 9:20 AM GMT
    Wish I had the answer for you.

    Try putting Campho-Phenique on it.
    It's a small tube of gel that you can get over the counter, at any drugstore. It's usually used for drying up cold sores.

    If that doesn't work, try Hydrocortisone cream (also over the counter, at the drug store.

    Another great idea is to see a different dermatologist.
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    Sep 28, 2010 9:23 AM GMT
    icon_eek.gif I googled images of "traveling spider bites" and now I'm going to have nightmares. Thanks.

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    Sep 28, 2010 9:34 AM GMT
    Webster666 said
    If that doesn't work, try Hydrocortisone cream (also over the counter, at the drug store.


    I think Desonide is like that...but the problem is it only goes away when I use it and comes back when I don't use it. It's not meant to be used for long periods of time. And it means that whatever is making me break out is still making me break out. You're right though I think I need to see a different dermatologist. I've seen THREE at this one location, but I'll just change locations altogether.
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    Sep 28, 2010 12:30 PM GMT
    It's unexpressed evil rising to the surface, Jake. When this happens to me, I push a little old lady into oncoming traffic or buy something at Abercrombie. It usually clears up in a couple hours.
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    Sep 28, 2010 2:58 PM GMT
    Have you tried to use Tea Tree Oil? Seems to help with a lot of skin irritations. Its also very safe to use. You can find it at most Trader Joes, Whole Foods, Organic Stores, and some grocery stores. JASON'S seems to be the stronger brand but Desert Essence isn't bad either. My grandfather is a retired FDA doctor/scientist and has us using it for all kinds of uses from infection control, to killing athlete's foot.
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    Sep 28, 2010 3:20 PM GMT
    I have a mystery cure for my skin problems. I have no idea if it will help you in anyway. But what the hell.

    Cantaloupe.

    For some reason that I cannot discern, cantaloupe keeps my skin extremely healthy...no inflammations and very very healthy appearance. People have remarked on it because it is so noticeable.

    I eat a quarter to half a cantaloupe a day, depending on the size of the melon.

    I have no idea what it is about cantaloupe that does it. (If anybody has a clue, I would love to hear from you) I juice oranges and carrots, plus eat lots of veggies. So I should be getting enough vitamin A. But I still have to have the cantaloupe. So what the he'll, I love cantaloupe.

    As I said, I have no idea it this will do anything for your face...but it won't hurt. I see results in 24 to 48 hours.
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    Sep 28, 2010 3:30 PM GMT
    Chaaxwvn saidicon_eek.gif I googled images of "traveling spider bites" and now I'm going to have nightmares. Thanks.



    I google imaged traveling spider bites because you said you were going to have nightmares.. and the picture of that guys hand almost made me throw up, no joke. Same level as blue waffle? maybe
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    Sep 28, 2010 3:31 PM GMT
    KardioKing said
    Chaaxwvn saidicon_eek.gif I googled images of "traveling spider bites" and now I'm going to have nightmares. Thanks.



    I google imaged traveling spider bites because you said you were going to have nightmares.. and the picture of that guys hand almost made me throw up, no joke. Same level as blue waffle? maybe

    I googled it and didn't find anything. Post a link. I ate too much breakfast anyway.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Sep 28, 2010 3:43 PM GMT
    JAKEBENSON saidSo i made a thread about this months ago but couldn't find it because RJs search engine apparently can't find anything I posted to past Sept 3rd.

    Anyway, synopsis:

    I get these things I called "traveling spider bites," raised bumps almost exclusively on my face that are stingy and itchy, and if I scratch them they puss orange. They spread no matter what. They're usually fleeting, lasting only a day or two and then disappear. They can be all over my face, especially forehead lately and along the jawline, though originally started on my cheek. They're sometimes behind the ears, occasionally on the neck, and rarely anywhere else on the body. Never on the nose or near the mouth.

    The only thing that eliminates the symptoms is Desonide, but I can't use that after two weeks because it starts to thin the skin permanently if used on a prolonged basis. So after two weeks of use and pristine skin, the bumps start to come back. If I go about two weeks without using Desonide (just one application) the bumps swell to the point where I look like I got beat up.

    Dermatologists have no clue what it is. I got tested for bacteria: nothing. Got tested for allergies, and I'm allergic to Decyl Glucoside. That seems to be the ostensible culprit, as I have been watching my hands regularly with a soap that has that ingredient in it! But now that the soap has been discarded three days ago the symptoms are not alleviated at all. And unfortunately everyone at the office that has access to this "list" of products I can buy that do not have Decyl Glucoside (or derivatives, parents, or mixtures of) are all on vacation. So now I'm left in the dark wondering what the fuck I'm using now that has some sort of Decyl Glucoside in it.

    Anyway, this is pretty much an ongoing source of my depression and pure hatred towards life in general. I've visited the dermatologist about 8 times over several months, and nothing has helped.

    Maybe one of you guys can shed some light or provide clues to help my situation? icon_cool.gif






    What do you use to wash your face? Maybe there is something in the soap or cleanser (or your shampoo) that you're allergic too. If it's something to do with the oil glands in your pores, the best product I have ever found for this is Obagi's "Pore Therapy":

    http://www.dermstore.com/product_Pore+Therapy_11544.htm

    Put it in a small spray bottle like you can by at any Walgreens or CVS and spray on your face after you wash it -- especially after you shave. It's not cheap, but a great product. You can order online, but it is only available otherwise in doctors or dermatologists offices.

    Good luck.
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    Sep 28, 2010 4:01 PM GMT
    What I would do if it was me.. I would go a week minimum using absolutely NO shampoo or soap etc.. NOTHING but just water.. I'd also take my clothes and wash them with NO detergent and an extra rinse to remove any residual detergent in them, there's always some.
    After a week see if anything happened, if you clear up etc.. then introduce one product back at a time

    And come to think of it... wash the sheets in water only and don't use your pillow for a week.. it could be the pillow you're allergic too.. face buried in it all night, who knows.
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    Sep 28, 2010 4:04 PM GMT
    Switch doctors. Doctors often make the wrong diagnosis.
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    Sep 28, 2010 4:31 PM GMT
    Face is breaking out: why?

    You're probably jerking off too much, Jake.
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    Sep 28, 2010 4:47 PM GMT
    Switch doctors ASAP. That orangish colored pus is a sign of 1. An inter-dermal infection, 2. A rare disease in which the antibodies around your pores actually attack the pores instead of protecting them. Either way, its clear that you have a skin issue and just because one doctor cantfind a diagnosis, doesn't mean that everything is fine.

    Either way, get that checked because it may spread through out your body.
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    Sep 28, 2010 5:25 PM GMT
    I don't know about the Decyl Glucoside and what else you may be using that has it in it. However, are you a multi-vitamin or good fish oil capsel? it does wonders for your skin and overall system. I'd give that a try, its natural and it may just help
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    Sep 28, 2010 5:34 PM GMT
    Caslon15000 said
    KardioKing said
    Chaaxwvn saidicon_eek.gif I googled images of "traveling spider bites" and now I'm going to have nightmares. Thanks.



    I google imaged traveling spider bites because you said you were going to have nightmares.. and the picture of that guys hand almost made me throw up, no joke. Same level as blue waffle? maybe

    I googled it and didn't find anything. Post a link. I ate too much breakfast anyway.


    I'm pretty sure that what you are seeing are infections from actual spider bites. I tried it and that is what I mostly saw.

    There must be a better name than 'traveling spider bites'. I don't see any information on the internet about them.

    Here is a person that recommends Bye Bye Blemish Dry Lotion:
    http://www.medhelp.org/posts/Acne/pimple-or-spider-bite/show/633725

    Product Search Results:
    http://www.google.com/products?rlz=1C1RNCN_enUS330US352&q=Bye+Bye+Blemish+Drying+Lotion&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&hl=en&tab=wf


    You may also want to look into light therapy.
    http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P216638&categoryId=B70

    I have one of these Tanda things for an occasional flare up and it is a trip how it immediately is less inflamed.

    Have any of your dermatologists recommend doing microdermabrasion to take off your dead skin cells, helping your skin to breathe better? This would be more of a maintenance thing.

    It sounds like you are going to have to find something that will involve regular maintenance to prevent it once it is gone.


    There are so many things that you could try. Being that you have been to so many dermatologists, I have no idea what you may have tried already. It might be helpful to know what you have tried already.


    I have never heard of orange puss..... could it be considered yellow?
  • Timbales

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    Sep 28, 2010 5:37 PM GMT
    Your body can't contain your awesomeness so it's shooting out of your pores.
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    Sep 28, 2010 5:41 PM GMT
    beneful1 saidAnd come to think of it... wash the sheets in water only and don't use your pillow for a week.. it could be the pillow you're allergic too.. face buried in it all night, who knows.


    This really might be the problem. I was using one of those pillows with small beads in them and it made me break out with some weird kind of acne I never normally got. It only stopped when I stopped using the pillow. If not your pillow then maybe a shirt or jacket that rubs on the side of your face.
  • metta

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    Sep 28, 2010 5:46 PM GMT
    ^
    Buckwheat?


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    Sep 28, 2010 5:51 PM GMT
    metta8 said^
    Buckwheat?




    It could have been. Buckwheat has a high concentration of Glucoside in it right? Maybe I was allergic to it. Do you have any pillows or upholstery around where you live that are filled with buckwheat Jake?
  • aznmtl

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    Sep 28, 2010 6:10 PM GMT
    There might be a slight possibility that you are being bitten by bedbugs. I know it sounds gross but there is a huge resurgence of them...particularly in USA, Australia and Canada. They are becoming rampant everywhere including 5 star hotels, cinemas, shopping venues (like A&F New York) etc. etc.
  • code_joe

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    Sep 28, 2010 8:07 PM GMT
    Damn, Those images are horrible.

    http://www.google.com/images?q=traveling+spider+bites&rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox&oe=&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=og&sa=N&hl=en&tab=wi
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    Sep 28, 2010 8:14 PM GMT
    Yeah... "traveling spider bites" returns nothing in a Google search. Who told you that name? Your doctor? I agree with others, get a new one. icon_confused.gif
  • code_joe

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    Sep 28, 2010 8:19 PM GMT
    you have to search for it then click to the images up top. Then it returns really gross pictures.
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    Sep 28, 2010 8:28 PM GMT
    code_joe saidyou have to search for it then click to the images up top. Then it returns really gross pictures.


    No, it doesn't. If you put it in quotes, it returns nothing. If you don't use quotes, which is what you and a lot of people are doing, you are just seeing pictures of random spider bites on pages that have the word "traveling" somewhere in them, and not actual pictures of a skin condition he's calling "traveling spider bites"...