Once upon a time I broke out all over my face. Now my breakouts are concentrated below my nose, particularly around my mouth and chin. They aren't the same as the acne I had as a teen. It is smaller, deeper in the skin and often painful. But it is pretty persistent and ... Yuck.
Could this be an allergy? Is the skin in that area significantly different from the rest of your face? Will I stop breaking out before I'm 90??View Thread
I got that from having my lip waxed. Those spots are additional melanin your body produced in response to a the skin damage. Make sure you use product that is labeled specifically for spot correction (not skin lightening) and just apply it to those areas. A derm may be able to give you a script for a stronger.
One thing I learned: Wear your sunblock!!!
The sun will just make those dark spots darker. One thing I've done to cheat a little is carefully apply sunblock to the dark spots and then sit out in the sun. My dermatologist would smack me but it works.View Thread
I get post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and because my complexion is on the lighter side the marks really stand out. I had an allergic reaction recently and now I have a lot around my mouth and jaw. It looks awful and I have to attend an important meeting next month.
Can anyone recommend something that will help them quickly fade?View Thread
Yes! I started keeping bottles that hold 24 oz at home and work. I make sure I drink at least 3 of those a day. It really gives you a nice glow (and for us 40ers, helps plump up the skin.)
Also - Baking soda. It is so versatile. I've used it with olive oil to lighten dark patches on my knees and elbows, it is a great and very gentle body scrub and can be used to remove shampoo/conditioner build up from your hair. And it is dirt cheap!
(One warning, if your face is very sensitive it may make you break out.)View Thread
Just thought I'd share this. A few months ago I noticed a cluster of acne-like cysts at the base of my neck. I also developed a single pimple on my chest and a couple on my shoulder. These are places I've never broken out and since it was all on one side of my body I went crazy trying to figure out what it was because with the warmer temps, I wasn't going to wear a turtleneck. Then one day I looked at the strap on my messenger/laptop bag and noticed the shoulder pad is starting to tear a bit.
I also noticed the pad cover has latex in it. I'm mildly allergic to latex when it starts to decay! Basically, every time the pad touched my skin, I would break out within a few minutes. So if you're allergic to latex, take care when purchasing any sort of bag you'll carry every day.View Thread
Hi there, I had the problem on my elbows and knees for years. You should concentrate on moisturizing the area. I used a mixture of olive oil and baking soda, applied before showering and allowed to sit for a few minutes. It really worked. (Just remember to clean the tub after!) It really worked.
Now I also wonder if it was partially age related. I treated the problem in my late 20's and it hasn't recurred.View Thread
Good question. I'm an African-American but probably pretty close to your children's complexion and I have received the EVERYONE MUST WEAR SUNSCREEN, NO EXCEPTIONS! lecture from my regular doctor, a dermatologist and the woman who gives me facials.
This came as a shock to me because when I was growing up "common knowledge" was that only Caucasians needed sunscreen. Common knowledge was wrong.
In fact, the esthetician (who is African-American w/medium-dark brown complexion) was horrified at the thought of going out without the SPF. The dermatologist (Caucasian) just looked at me like I was stupid and or crazy.
So now I wear sunscreen, and your kids should too.View Thread