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    On sorta cheek area on face, both sides I have rather sorta bumpy skin which is like white heads but not really.. i was advised to exfoliate to improve the condition but this really does nothing..

    any suggestion?
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    yeah if u want my two pence worth, i agree u should exfoliate, and moisturise.
    if ure really worried or annoyed with it and it hasn't gone away in a couple weeks, go see ure gp/dematologist
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    (Original post by fairycakes)
    yeah if u want my two pence worth, i agree u should exfoliate, and moisturise.
    if ure really worried or annoyed with it and it hasn't gone away in a couple weeks, go see ure gp/dematologist
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    i suspect that may be the thing to do..

    have been doing so for a good few months..

    trust me, exfoliating, cleansing, toning, moisturising.. still there.
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    Oh how terrible for you, how can you bear to go out the house...
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    Try using an exfoliating face wash twice daily- St Ives do a good one, I think that Clearasil do one too. Exfoliating can take a while before you notice an improvement. (You can feel it tingling but cant always visibly see a difference straight away). You could also try moisturising the area, you dont have to moisturise your whole face but just dab some moisturiser on the bumpy area. This hopefully should help improve the skin.
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    (Original post by Joe_87)
    Oh how terrible for you, how can you bear to go out the house...
    If you don't have anything constructive to say there's no need to post.
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    Sounds a bit like urticaria to me, (otherwise known as 'hives') It could be simply an alergic reaction to something, or if you've taken some kind of steriods and you suffer from other skin conditions, this could have set it off..
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    (Original post by Markus)
    Sounds a bit like urticaria to me, (otherwise known as 'hives') It could be simply an alergic reaction to something, or if you've taken some kind of steriods and you suffer from other skin conditions, this could have set it off..
    i've had it for pretty much as long as i can remember tho.. u cant really feel it normally but when the skin is stretched the bumps are very obvious and the whiteish bits are more obvious then..
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    (Original post by ChrisA86)
    i've had it for pretty much as long as i can remember tho.. u cant really feel it normally but when the skin is stretched the bumps are very obvious and the whiteish bits are more obvious then..
    Hmmm i dont think ultricaria is a long running skin condition that you have for most of your life, unlike eczema and psoriasis where primarily, a controlled and monitored immune system can keep it in control with the right drugs.

    I work in a pharmacy you see, so if you came up to me and told me what you had, i'd either recommend betnavate (spelling) a steriod drug which clears whatever infection and keeps the inflamation down (you'd need to get it prescribed by a doc) or something similar. Most of the skin care stuff you can get anywhere is for dry or chapped skin.

    What does it feel like, this thing you have? and is there any time where you see it deteriorate..
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    erm - betnovate is a potent steroid that should NOT be used for acne - It's for eczema and inflammatory conditions of the skin that do not respond to weaker preparations.

    Go and see your GP - from what you have described, it sounds like a form of acne, and something like benzoyl peroxide may help.
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    (Original post by joyabbott)
    erm - betnovate is a potent steroid that should NOT be used for acne - It's for eczema and inflammatory conditions of the skin that do not respond to weaker preparations.

    Go and see your GP - from what you have described, it sounds like a form of acne, and something like benzoyl peroxide may help.
    I do know what betnovate is, and this person does not have acne...if you read my post properly you'd see i know exactly what it is.

    Ok a weaker alternative would be hydrocortizone..a cream which can be used more often, but like betnovate will still thinnen the skin over time, if used too regularly.
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    I think you have what my friend has all over his body. Just little bumps? Not painful or squeezable in any way? Feel a little bit rough? He was born with them pretty much all over, (but not on his face, the worst places are arms and legs). He wasn't able to grow hair out of the follicles where there were bumps, can you? If it is the same thing i don't think there's anything you can do about it. Obviously you should go to your GP though. xx
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    (Original post by mousey)
    I think you have what my friend has all over his body. Just little bumps? Not painful or squeezable in any way? Feel a little bit rough? He was born with them pretty much all over, (but not on his face, the worst places are arms and legs). He wasn't able to grow hair out of the follicles where there were bumps, can you? If it is the same thing i don't think there's anything you can do about it. Obviously you should go to your GP though. xx
    My old friend used to have that...well something of the sort, he used to bath in this really viscous oil type black stuff...really eased it, brought it down and cleared if for a while.
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    (Original post by Markus)
    I do know what betnovate is, and this person does not have acne...if you read my post properly you'd see i know exactly what it is.

    Ok a weaker alternative would be hydrocortizone..a cream which can be used more often, but like betnovate will still thinnen the skin over time, if used too regularly.
    For a start, it's unlikely to be urticaria (I don't claim to be a dermatologist, but I do qualify as a dr later this year)

    Urticaria is generally acute and he wouldn't have had it most of his life. Weals would develop over the course of a few minutes and last anything up to a few hours, before resolving spontaneously. They are itchy. Treatment is oral antihistamine to inhibit mast cell degranulation, NOT topical steroids (as you seem to suggest).

    The white lumps sound more like closed comedones, such as in acne.
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    (Original post by mousey)
    I think you have what my friend has all over his body. Just little bumps? Not painful or squeezable in any way? Feel a little bit rough? He was born with them pretty much all over, (but not on his face, the worst places are arms and legs). He wasn't able to grow hair out of the follicles where there were bumps, can you? If it is the same thing i don't think there's anything you can do about it. Obviously you should go to your GP though. xx
    lol.. i feel such a problem again.. no it's literally just sorta around my cheeks.. i do have quite visible pores next to my nose (either side) which i guess could be connected?
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    (Original post by joyabbott)
    For a start, it's unlikely to be urticaria (I don't claim to be a dermatologist, but I do qualify as a dr later this year)

    Urticaria is generally acute and he wouldn't have had it most of his life. Weals would develop over the course of a few minutes and last anything up to a few hours, before resolving spontaneously. They are itchy. Treatment is oral antihistamine to inhibit mast cell degranulation, NOT topical steroids (as you seem to suggest).

    The white lumps sound more like closed comedones, such as in acne.
    ok ok you win, i would have to see it myself to get a good idea of what it might be. Obviously you seem to have a better understanding.
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    (Original post by joyabbott)
    The white lumps sound more like closed comedones, such as in acne.
    what would be a suggested treatment? they dont exactly form standard spots.. luckily i very rarely get sorta ya standard spot.. it's just this really..
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    lol yes sorry noticed it a bit after replying!

    have made appointment for fri.. which is a shame cos it's messed up our plans to skip lectures and watch harry potter for a laugh lol.. as fun as calculus and geometry are i mean..
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    I've got a similar sort of thing you described ChrisA86. My cheeks feel quite rough, and I have small spots/bumps at the top of my arms and legs, except they're red not white. I've had it since I was young, and I've been back and forth to the doctors but nothing at all seems to work. I tried hydrocortisone as a cream and also as something to put in the bath and then soak, but that didn;t work. I also tried various antiobiotics, which also didn't work. I understand how you feel, because it's a real pain and sometimes they make me very self-conscious. I wear shorts when going swimming and used to wear jumpers/long sleeved tops in summer. I don't now because I've got a boyfriend so I don't care what anyone else thinks of me, but it still gets me down sometimes. Especially as nothing seems to work.

    Some of the treatments people have described I haven't yet tried, so maybe I'll get i touch with my Doc and ask about them. Hopefully I'm not stuck with it forever!
 
 
 
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