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I've never had particularly 'good' skin but I've never really had any major problems other than acne when I was younger and the occasional spot now and again. I'm now 32 and at the beginning of this year my face started getting very dry and flaky, particularly around my eyes.
I tried various moisturisers but nothing really helped and a couple of times my face completely flared up and around my eyes was very swollen, leaving me looking ridiculous for a couple of days. After about a month and on the third occasion that my face had 'flared', I went to my GP who said it was down to a fungal infection and prescribed me Daktacort cream which contains both an anti-fungal (Miconazole) and a steroid to reduce the inflammation (Hydrocortisone). I used the cream twice a day and after a few days I looked almost normal again and the dryness and flaking seemed to be lessening. After two weeks everything seemed better and I was told to switch to Daktarin cream which contains only only the anti-fungal (Miconazole) as it isn't safe to use steroid creams for too long.
Once I stopped using the steroid cream, I noticed my face began getting dry again. I still had some Daktacort left over from my previous prescription so I began using it again, just in the mornings, and using the Daktarin in the evenings. Everything seemed to get better again. I did this for about two weeks and then, once again, stopped using the steroid cream and reverted to using just the anti-fungal cream twice a day. In the past week since then, I've slowly started to feel my skin getting dry again (although not especially flaky), particularly around my eyes... and this morning I woke up and it is once again very swollen around my eyes, and the rest of my face is also quite inflamed. I feel embarassed leaving the house because I look so silly.
I still have some Daktacort left and I know the problem will clear up if I start using it again but I don't particularly want to go back to using it. I have read nothing but bad things about prolonged usage of Hydrocortisone and everything on the internet seems to forbid using it on the face and particularly around the eyes... which is exactly where I need to use it! Are there any alternatives? Is the condition likely to ever go away? I'd been under the impression that it was just a case of killing the fungal infection, but I've been using the anti-fungal for nearly two months now and it is obviously still present.
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