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Hi everyone. I've been reading up on SSS (Sensitive skin syndrome) and topical steriod withdrawal, and have truly worked myself into a panic -- I'm hoping someone on these boards can help.
Here's my story: I saw a derm four years ago with small, whitehead-like bumps on my chin, which he diagnosed as perioral dermatitis. He then gave me a lotion to use on my chin, which was hydrocostisone + metro. I used it for three years, and it kept the rash at bay.
I realized the effects of longterm cortisone use a little over a year ago, and stopped cold turkey. At first my entire chin area was awful -- red blisters, bumps, pimples, you name it. Derms had me try four different antibiotics, numerous creams, you name it -- EVERYTHING irritated it. Since then, I've tried sulphur, face oils (coconut, tea tree, almond, etc,), all-natural soaps, masks, apple cider vinegar... nothing helped.
Here's where I am now: the use of ANYTHING other than water makes the rash flare up. I kid you not, if I try the most sensitive of lotions or face cleansers, I wake up the next am with perioral dermatitis bumps and a red, inflamed chin.
From what I've read, steroid withdrawal should last 10-30% of the time you used the steriod -- and I'm well past that. My chin is currently a reddish color even if I use only water, and the fact I can't use a cleanser is not helping with the clogged pores and occosanional zits I get.
Long story short, does skin always heal from long-term cortisone use? I didn't experience the flaking, flares and spread ofthe rash others seem to have when they stopped cortisone. Instead, I simply can't use a single ingredient on my face, and my chin seems to be permanently red, one year after my last application.
I could really use some advice here. Derms have been unable to help -- they only want to throw more meds at me. Has anyone experienced this?
Thanks so much.
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