I recently started washing my face with the new Neutrogena pinkfruit scrub. (2% Salylic Acid)
After, I would put Terminator 10 cream on my face. (10% Benzoyl Peroxide)
Recently, I have seen red bumps all over my face.
Not only are they itchy and painful, but they are way worse than my acne ever was.
I have had them for about 3 days now.
I have heard of allergic reactions to Benzoyl Peroxide.
I don't think it could be the Salylic Acid, because I've been using it for years with no problems.
No matter what I do, these bumps won't go away.
Is there anyway to rid myself of these bumps?
Maybe a cream of some sort?
Or will I have permanent bumps?
I put a cold compress on them while taking asprin.
I hoped that maybe this would stop the bumps from reacuring.
None of my methods have worked.
I have stopped using the Terminator 10 cream.
If there is anything that can help, please let me know.
Please excuse any of my spelling mistakes. :)
Hi. This is allergic contact dermatitis, caused by using both salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide together. Buy some anti-histamine tablets such as Piriton (chlorphenamine maleate) from the drugstore. These will relieve the redness and itching. Use a bland cleanser until your skin is less sensitized, I recommend Eucerin, La Roche-Posay or Lutsine. Your doctor may recommend you use hydrocortizone cream but do so sparingly. It will make the rash go away but can aggreviate acne.
If your skin shows poor tolerance of topical preparations, speak to your doctor about a course of oral antibiotics or switch to a birth control pill which clears acne such as Yasmin or Diane35.
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