Hi, my name is ryan. I noticed a red circular discoloration on the right side of my face about two years ago. I went to see a dermatologist about the problem and he prescribed topical steroids. I applied the topical steroids to the right side of my face. One day I noticed some redness on the left side of my face after shaving, and like an idiot I applied the topical steroids to the left side of my face. I continued to apply the steroids to both sides of my face for two weeks. Sometimes I would come in from the sun and the areas on my face were I applied the steroids would be bright red. After I stopped using the steroids I noticed that the redness on both sides of my face was worse than when I started. I started wondering if the redness was from the type of cleanser I was using. So, to make things worse, I pretty much stopped washing my face with any kind of cleanser for about six months. The redness remained and my face felt extremely dry. Eventually I went back to the dermatologist. He sent me through five or six laser treatments to get rid of the redness. They worked pretty well. Most of the redness is gone. I still notice some of the redness, especially after I shave or get out of the shower. It also looks better since I started washing my face again. Speaking of washing my face. I started washing my face again with Noxzema. It took away the dry feeling and made the sides of my face look better, but my nose got pretty red. So, I started washing my face with an Oil of Olay bar. It cleared my nose right up, and made the sides of my face look and feel great for about a week. Then, for some stupid reason, I started using a wash rag instead of my hands. My skin started peeling after I washed my face. So, I started using my hands to wash my face again. My skin still peels, but other than the peeling skin, it doesn't really look any worse. I basically have two questions. Will the redness caused by the topical steroids ever go away, or is the damage permanent? What do I do about the skin peeling on my face? Is it a result of not washing my face with a cleanser for so long? Is it a good thing, or a bad thing? Any kind of information would be helpful. I'm just tired of the laser treatments and I don't know which products are good for your skin and bad for your skin. There are so many different products out there any more. I wish I never would have went to the dermatologist in the first place. I know they meant well, but I think those topical steroids were the root of all my problems. Thank you for your time, ryan.
I am not sure why your face is red, but I doubt it is because of topical steroids--only inappropriately strong steroids would do that, and only after chronic use. As to the flaking, it could be a rash called seborrhea, or else irritation, or perhaps allergy to an ingredient of something you're using, though this is unlikely. I advise you to see a dermatologist for another opinion, perhaps someone who is not involved with laser treatment--you need proper diagnosis for reassurance and planning.
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