Hi, everyone. I've migrated over from the rosacea forum, where I've posted as adent3742. Quick summary:
In late 2014 (age 38), I started to get little bumps on my face. They looked like acne, but wouldn't pop. They'd go away after a few days, so I didn't worry about them, but thought it was weird.
Then in early 2015 they started to break open. They'd expand until either the top came off or there was a hole, then they'd leak a clear-ish fluid that piled up into a bright yellow crust, like this:
I went to a walk-in clinic, where the doctor prescribed Fucidin. This did nothing. I went to a derm, who tried doxycycline, metrogel, and apo-minocycline, with no better results. Ciprofloxacin cleared my face up while I was using it, but I couldn't stay on antibiotics indefinitely, and the lesions came back after my prescription ran out.
I then went to a naturopath, who thought it might have something to do with the flora and fauna in my gut. I went on a strict anti-inflammatory diet for a month while taking a probiotic, fish oil, and Quercetin. I lost about 20 pounds of fat from the diet (yay!), but didn't have any success with my face, so that's a dead end.
I'm currently washing my face and hair with Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Shampoo, and applying a blend of tea tree oil and jojoba oil before bed. I still get new lesions every few days.
I'm allergic to nickel, to the point where I'll get a rash from my belt buckle. Apparently a small percentage of people with a nickel allergy can have a skin reaction from food with nickel. Well, guess what? Everything has nickel in it, but especially vegetables. So for April I'm trying a low-nickel diet that eliminates salads, chocolate, whole grains, nuts/seeds, etc. There's a lot of controversy about which foods are low-nickel, but I'm generally sticking to potatoes and rice for my starch, red peppers for my veggies, chicken for my protein, and white bread/cheese or popcorn for snacks. Any diet that lets me eat popcorn and white bread but not salads is okay by me. I don't expect this to do anything, but I can't get in to see my derm again until May, so this gives me something to do in April.
Thanks for starting up this form--it's a great resource!