I cannot thank you guys enough for starting this forum. Truly. I have had so many skin problems and was at my wit’s end from these oozing yellow crusts. Backstory:
I used to have terrible staph infections for years. For about 10 years I got a new one every three months or so and they would quicky get out of hand. I saw so many doctors and dermatologists and ER/urgent care practioners. Unless there was a huge absess that they could test, they would tell me I had dermatitis or - if it was on my face - acne. I had never had chronic acne and after ten years I pretty much learned that I was dealing with chronic staph infections and not acne… But fast forward.
Ten years later my health has improved and my skin and inflammation issues have calmed but I constantly getting these random weeping spots all over my face. The spots aren’t painful, pop like regular zits but crust over endlessly like this forum describes. Having lost faith in doctors, I make some bad experimental decisions like trying to chemically burn them off with natural stuff like grapefruit seed extract. Don’t do this. It did not turn out well. So time goes on, my experiments become more risky and dire, my face is loosing all of its protective lipid barrier and is dry, painful and cracking but those darn oozing spots will not go away. They seem to be multiplying and my confidence is tanking. Then I found this forum and learn about demodex. Since I don’t have health insurance (another reason for the self experimenting), I skipped the Soolantra and immediately hopped on Amazon and bought a 3 pack tube of ivermectin. I applied it in a thin layer on my face every night with my regular moisturizer. I also take some internally. (I know the manufacturer says not for human consumption, but I didn’t care!). At first the oozing spots increased but then, after about three weeks I think, they started decreasing and clearing up. Let me tell YOU I was excited about this!!! They have now cleared up almost entirely but I find I still need to apply the ivermectin a few times a month to keep them at bay. I cannot thank you all ENOUGH for creating and contributing to this forum!!!
I bring up my prior battle with staph in case someone else finds a connection with other health issues and demodex/oozing yellow crusts. I also found out I had MTHFR and a tendency toward inflammation. The staph also led me to take a LOT of prescribed antibiotics. Maybe someone else has similar experiences and we can identify a pattern?
Side note for people who need to clear up facial scars: a good quality lavender and/or frankinscence essential oil mixed in with your night moisturizer works amazingly well. I am almost free of scars now and had a ton before. Try it!
Lastly, does anyone have experience with having oozing yellow crusts on their scalp? I still have them there and it might be contributing to hair loss. But I am a woman with long hair so I am not sure if there is a better solution than trying to massage/smear ivermectin over my scalp every night. I have thought about taking more ivermectin internally but feel slight wary about that. Any thoughts?