PR on Face, Or Something Else?

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So, I've had PR on my stomach, chest and now my back/on both inner arms for about 3 weeks now. Yay. It's delightful! 

I noticed about two weeks ago that the skin on my jawline and up to my midcheek was very bumpy and I had a line of uneven red bumps kind of like the ones from the PR on my right cheek. I thought (hoped) it was just acne, but it's been a while and none of the bumps have gone away. I've applied tea tree oil at least twice a day, still not much improvement.

The texture of the skin is soft, but kind of like bumpy rubber, if that makes any sense. Bumps are visible in a certain light, not at casual glance. They look kind of like acne, only very close together and not coming to a head. I've had plenty of experience with pimples and these aren't those!

I haven't made any changes to my skincare routine, which is simply to wash my face with water in the morning, then tone with rosewater and use a Vitamin C/zince oxide sunscreen moisturizer that wasn't giving me much trouble before (just making my forehead a little bit bumpier, but those were way smaller than the ones now on my jaw.) At night I wash with glycerin soap, more rosewater and then a vitamin A & retinyl palmitate night cream. Never had any reactions with any of these before.

I've been careful not to get any medications/new stuff on my face since dealing with the PR. I don't know if this is something new (oh, yay, that's all I need!) or just more PR spreading to my face. I've heard that PR usually doesn't show up on the face, so I'm at a loss. 

Trying to get a doctor's referral to a dermatologist, so at least then I can get a straight answer!


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    you poor baby! You are correct that PR usually does not do faces. I would certainly get a biopsy done to make sure it is PR. I have seen so many people misdiagnosed with PR when they actually had hives, granuloma annulare, lichens planus, or even gutttate psoriasis.

    Easiest way to find out if it is PR is to buy a small jar of Prreze. Put it on one area where you have the rash. If the rash turns red and starts drying up after about 3 days, it is PR, if not, it is probably something else. (In case you cannot get a biopsy done in a reasonable amount of time).


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    PR missed my neck but i did have a couple of isolated flat red circles on my face. Below the neckline i was covered in a red carpet of flat red/purple blotches ....down to my ankles and soles of my feet and palms of hands...i was lucky they didnt itch...except they did burn in the sun and heat.So u probably need a biopsy to confirm as staz as said
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      Thanks, guys!

      The good news is that the spots on my face are fading. I've been using oatmeal as a cleanser (grinding it up in my blender/adding water) and a face mask, which seems to be helping. 

      Shaq, not to alarm you, but PR doesn't show up on soles of feet or palms. I definitely don't have it on mine. Is it possible YOU didn't actually have PR? rolleyes

      I'm waiting to get a referral from my doctor so I can see my local dermatologist. I'm fine with a biopsy if it can confirm what exactly I have, if it's not PR after all. 


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      i insisted on a biopsy which i had...although the dermatologist had diagnosed PR and insisted that that was what it was (by the classic christmas tree pattern on my back)  ..and at the follow up meeting with him he said 'See what did i tell u ...i told u that it was PR and i was right.' I never saw the report but assume biopsy confirmed it....and then lathered myself with prescription cortico steroid cream ....eventually went after 5 months and the dark stains on my skin  remained for almost a year. ..I can still see the stains left by the 2 herald patches on my lower back after 2 yrs of first getting it.  

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    The PRREZE cream worked on my PR, which is fantastic. Still using it on arms/thighs, cause the rash hasn't quite started to fade there yet, but the cream works really well so I'm not worried!

    However, my face is a bit of amystery still. I used oatmeal and water as a cleanser to treat the redness/bumpiness and that did a great job on my jawline, chin and cheeks. But I still have red bumpy patches on my cheekbones, which looks like a mild sunburn. Not great. I'm moisturizing with shea butter which has made the texture and tone of my skin look way better, but hasn't cleared up the red patches.

    I'm still trying to nail down a dermatologist visit (her policy is to get a primary doctor's referral, get all their information, make an appt for me with my doctor and THEN tell me when to come in! Oy vey!) 

    I have been trying very hard not to use too many products on my face or make anything worse. I got a sample size Dr Hauschka's Soothing Milk Cleanser and used it on my face last night and oh my God, my face felt dry as STONE afterwards. Will not be using that anymore! 

     At this point, I wouldn't say no to a biopsy. I'm just hoping it's a skin irritation from new products/ dryness and I don't have something long-lasting. 


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