Hi everyone, I am so glad I found this page so I wanted to tell my story as it seems to differ slightly from the ones I’ve read - hopefully something is helpful!
I first noticed a bump on my chin about a year ago - it started like any other small spot, but within a few hours had filled to be a very large protrusion on my chin that we are all so familiar with. Initially, it wasn’t too dissimilar to skin issues I have regularly - my normal skin is okay and I’ve never had acne, but I do tend to get weeping pores (always clear, never itchy, nothing like this). It burst, and not knowing what it was, I kept touching it and it spread all over my chin to form a really bad outbreak with lots of lesions all over my chin and up near the sides of my mouth. I was really scared, and went to the doctor who didn’t have a clue. She took a swab and it came back negative. In the mean time, I went to town with tea tree oil, apple cider vinegar, and a really intense herbal cream that I found on another thread. It went away after about 4-5 horrible days.
I thought it was a one time thing, until yesterday when another started to form in exactly the same place on my chin. This time, I knew what to expect, and immediately started treating it, being very careful about where I touched my face and liberally applying everything I could. It oozed all day of course, but this time I also used sudocream and witch hazel as well as tea tree, and started drinking diluted apple cider vinegar that I saw on a Rosacea thread. This combination has drastically reduced the outbreak over night. They scabbed over more quickly than last time, and the itching is much less today. Another thing that really helped was a bottle of liquid plaster, which I pasted over the smaller areas (not disturbing the scabs). It basically forms a tough outer skin and is invisible (great for being in public), and seems to have stopped it spreading/helped them dry out. I was really worried at night because last time I would wake up touching my face because of the itching, and this stopped that from happening completely. I haven’t tried it on a really bad ooze, but on the smaller ones it seems to have contained them.
After months of not washing my face with anything but water, three days ago I started with a new skin care regime and I think it’s too much of a coincidence that this happened now. From reading these threads, it might have changed something for the demodex which might have caused this flare up? I’m going to my doctor soon and will ask them to prescribe Soolantra. If they don’t, in the UK it is available online.
I know this is a very long post, but thank you so much for this website! So nice to not feel alone with this.