I am a 44 year old woman who has never had acne or any serious skin problems. In June 03, I began using Renova (which I had ordered from an on-line pharmacy) with excellent initial results. Using as directed I experienced the expected areas of dry, flaky skin and "played" with the dosing, decreasing to every other night, and then every third. About 6 weeks ago, my eyelids began to "blush" very red , burning but not itching. No raised rash at start. Then some red rashy irritation at the outer corners and then under my eyes. None of this affected the conjunctiva or inner aspects of my lids, just the lid & skin above and under the lashes. I then began to have a fairly more angry looking rash under my nostrils and around my mouth. I stopped the Renova (and other OTC products including moisturiezers and all makeup) and applied OTC 1% hydrocortisone to the areas with some early, brief relief.
The rash worsened, spreading to other areas of my face but in no real pattern (no nose or middle third of face ). I continued to use the cortisone creme but in total used the creme for only about a month. I saw my PCP- she felt area around mouth was rebound cortisone rash, area around eyes looked more like ocular rosacea or dermatitis. Went to dermatoltogist, he concurred. Now on Doxy and Metronidoazole cream. Eyes and area around mouth better but eyelids still blushing firey red (less frequently however) & this rash is "moving" about on my face- no real pattern but today on forehead, yesterday the raised red pimple-like areas of irritation (some with small whiteheads) were on my checks near ears. It comes and goes and moves around in a fashion not unlike hives but they do not in anyway look like uticaria. My skin looks ruddy and rough but not firey red like rosacea. Ther eis no itching what so ever.
One additional thing is that just prior to this thing flaring on my face, I get a dull headache above my eyes and a feeling as though I am having an allergic rhinitis (I have no history of this)- no apparent triggers what so ever- this passes, rash appears
If this is what I have been told it likely is, how long before what I am using for tx until I see some improvement? What else could this be? I am a healty non smoker- eat well, exercise, have had hives over the years for no apparent reason but nothing chronic- no evidence of this "rash" elsewhere on my body. No other meds, had a breast aug with saline implants in July...
Any thoughts on what this might be if not the current presumptove DX would be greatly appreciated. Could the renova have caused an irritation of my skin that would persist despite discontinuing the stuff? I am confused,perplexed, & worried- thanks in advance - Michele