If the rashes are not itchy, there is a possibility it is not a skin allergy. Given the duration of the rashes, it may be important to see a dermatologist to rule out psoriasis, fungal infections, etc.
Obagi Nu Derm is a great system but can be very expensive for some people. The active ingredients that are in NuDerm are sunscreen and a retinoid. Those are the two main keys to keeping the skin looking young and healthy.
Hormonal pigmentation can persist even after pregnancy. The most important thing to do is to use a broad spectrum sunscreen (UVA and UVB) to prevent MORE discoloration. If you prefer not to see a doctor, you can start with 2% hydroquinone (available OTC- there is controversy with prolonged use of hydroquinone but the American Academy of Dermatology has deemed short courses to be safe) or a brightener with kojic acid, licorice, or soy.
Alternatively, you can consult with a dermatologist who is able to prescribe more effective medications and discuss the option of various chemical peels with you.
The most common cause of these types of blisters are either dyshidrotic eczema vs pustular psoriasis. Both can be treated with prescription topicals. Next time you experience a flare, see if you can get in to see your dermatologist.
I hope that helps! Both are very common conditions, you do not need to live with them!View Thread
Dr. Mohiba Tareen Tareen Dermatology, Roseville, Minn Castle Connoly's America's Top Cosmetic Dermatologists Adjunct Assistant Professor Univ of MN Dept of Dermatology www.TareenDermatology.com
You are absolutely correct, jawline acne combined with excess hair and abnormal periods, can be a sign of hormonal issues. It is very important to have this evaluated, to prevent further hormonal issues as well as acne scarring.
Your gynecologist may be the most helpful in checking these issues.
Often, mild hormonal imbalances can be easily fixed with safe, low dose oral medications such as metformin and sprironolactone.
Irritation of the foreskin is quite common. I would suggest rinsing with cool water after the hot tub and applying vaseline or aquaphor. If this is not helping the symptoms, you can occasionally apply a 1% hydrocortisone cream. If this is still not alleviating the symptoms, I would suggest you consult a urologist.
The AAD recommends SPF 30 or above. As long as you are re-applying frequently, using the proper amount of sunscreen, and using a hat/ seeking shade, 30 should be sufficient. If not, it does not hurt to do a higher SPF, but I definitely recommend physical blockers over chemical blockers as you will be more sensitive w the retinA
A good retinoid (vitamin A derived cream) can help thicken and promote new collagen production. I typically have patients start with an over- the -counter strength such as ROC retinol or Neutrogena retinol. Use this for a few months and you will definitely see improvement. Subsequently, you can ask your doc for a prescription strength retinoid which will give you even more improvement.