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Have you seen today's XKCD?!?!?!?

http://xkcd.com/700/

So my life right now!!!

I was complaining to a friend about looking like the Batman villain Two Face. The right side of my face looks fine, but the left side is severely broken out. I think it looks hideous. He offered to make a coin for me and then spent ten minutes doing impressions of me using the coin in my daily life. (You want to be admitted to the education program, let’s see… *flip*) He’s really funny and just about everything he said cannot be repeated.

It started in October with a kind of third eye effect. I wore hats for a while. Finally I went to the dermatologist in November. She didn’t know what the breakout was, but said that I also had an allergic reaction to the stuff I had put on it as treatment. She put me on some antibiotics which cleared it up. Then sometime in December or January, it came back and has been steadily getting worse. Monday I finally broke down and made another dermatologist appointment because whatever it is, it’s spreading instead of getting better. I always thought – if you face is breaking out it is pimples aka acne. I didn’t realize the different names I’d heard weren’t synonyms. Durrrr.

I went expecting them to say “take this, do this, blahblahblah.” Instead, she offered four or five possibilities as to what was wrong with varying treatments and a comment that she was stumped. Stumped? Apparently it’s a weird one – but that matches my personality!

So she did two biopsies which hurt then and still hurt a little bit now, but thankfully that is fading. She expects the lab results back this week with the hopes that will clarify what it is so that they can put me on the appropriate medication for the actual problem instead of just a general antibiotic. At least this is the same antibiotic they had me on in November, so it has a good track record.

She took pictures of my face to send along with the samples. I didn’t know if I was supposed to smile or if I needed to look serious. She laughed and said that was a common question and that it didn’t matter. I told them I was going to try for Zoolander, figuring the lab techs see a lot of pictures. I also attempted to “Smize” and decided that I watch too much television. I’m not sure which picture of me she will send. I had one that looks like I’ve been arrested; I’m guessing that one.

Meanwhile - thanks to yet another brilliant friend - I'm going to claim my face is due to Parkcour FAIL. That sounds waaaaaaaaaaaaaay cooler.

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ann_mcn
Feb. 11th, 2010 11:44 am (UTC)
I have had problems with acne on my back and shoulders all my life, and finally figured out last year that scented soaps, even lovely handmade soaps, are the problem. I bought a gallon of unscented castille soap, and the problem has gone away. I don't know if it is the scent that's the problem, or some other ingredient that's there with the fragrance, but the very very simple soap has taken care of the problem.

BTW, I was given some spa bath soap for my birthday, and within a few days had breakouts. Back to castille for Ann.
madladyred
Feb. 12th, 2010 02:45 am (UTC)
They recommended fragrance free stuff for me, too.
There are some really nice ones out there, alas!
disbandedtoastr
Feb. 12th, 2010 01:53 am (UTC)
Doh! I really hope your doc can figure out what it is!!
sarahtoalaska
Feb. 12th, 2010 07:23 am (UTC)
OMG... this made me think of what happened to a friend about 2 years ago. (When you said your doc was stumped)

My friend had an issue with her nipples cracking and bleeding. The docs couldn't figure it out and had to take a biopsy. It was "just" her breast but still. They never figured it out and fortunately it went away before they had to biopsy her nipple.

Castille soap... for those that don't know is soap made with olive oil instead of animal fat. So it's very possible the fat is the problem. The soap I sent you was castille although it has additives. I don't remember which one I sent you but it was all naturally scented. IF you find soap is the issue I can actually make you nice Castille unscented soap. Or we can work on various combos. Like oatmeal or almond meal. Sense these are things that shouldn't cause you a problem. Stuff like the almond meal would give it a slight scrubbing quality however.
magnet5
Feb. 14th, 2010 11:55 pm (UTC)
Best wishes and prayers.
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