I never imagined that skin disorders could be so frustrating. When I hit puberty in junior high I had the worst acne ever. All over my face, neck and back. It was horrible and embaressing. I dealt with that for about three years and then started taking a drug called Acutane, which was a six month treatment. Well, that pretty much destroyed my acne completely, but it left my skin very dry and I have ever since had to use moisturizers on my face after showering. About a year later, I got an outbreak of canker sores on the back of my throat that hurt like nothing else. I stopped eating solid food because it hurt so bad. The doctors told me it was either viral or bacterial, but either way, they didn't have a treatment for it other than a mouth wash to numb the pain. This lasted about 10 days and went away, but I continued to get these outbreaks about every six months. After a while, the outbreaks became less severe, but I was also getting canker sores in other places in my mouth like my tongue and the inside of my cheeks near the gum line. Then that became the norm for a few years. A few times, I would get a small one right on the inside of my lip. After a while, I hardly noticed them and usually if I got a canker sore it would go away in a few days and be relatively painless.
But a few years ago (I am now 27), I began to get small pimples on the outside of my mouth, which I thought were maybe related to the cankers. It would usually just be a single pimple right on the skin next to my mouth (but not on my lip) and would develop a white head, and then go away within a week or so. These were mainly just an annoyance, but they also seemed to become more frequent as time went on. I also noticed that sometimes a thin, red ring would appear around the circumfrence of my mouth, barely noticable but there none-the-less. Last year, is when the pimples started becoming a problem. I started getting them more frequently and they were lasting longer. Instead of every few months, I was getting them every few weeks. I went to the doctor finally and she thought it was just a pimple, but thought it might be a cold sore too. So she gave me a prescription for Valtrax and it seemed like maybe it had worked, but then again it may have just gone away on it's own. I took Valtrax several times after that, but it was hit and miss as to whether it was effective or not. Then, 5 weeks ago, I started getting a pimple near the corner of my mouth. Then another, and another, and another... Finally, I had about 5 or 6 pimples near my mouth and chin. One even cause the tissue near my lip to swell up and then became very red, but never formed a blister or anything - just left a nice scar. The skin around my nostrils has also gotten a bit red and I've also gotten some similar bumps on my forehead between my eyebrows. But it's been 5 weeks and it won't go away! I also feel a mild burning sensation from time to time near the outbreaks.
I've tried everything. Changed my diet, no sweets, no coffee, no alcohol, yet it still persists.
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