Out, out damned spots!
November 9, 2012 4:24 AM Subscribe
Why do I keep getting spots round my eyebrows, temples and hairline?
posted by mippy to clothing, beauty, & fashion (15 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I know the usual answer here is 'see a dermatologist', but I can't - here you have to be referred by a GP before you can see one, which is rare for mild or cosmetic skin problems.
I keep getting spots on my hairline and in and around my eyebrows - small, painful whiteheads - and a couple on my actual eye area, between the brow and the lid. These aren't milia - if I squeeze them normally, something will come out - but they are kind of cystic. I don't particularly want to irritate the skin on my eyelids by squeezing, either. Googling 'spots on eyelids' only brings up results for milia.
I can't think of any changes in my skin or washing routines that might have affected my skin - this has been happening for the past month or so, but I'm using the same cosmetics, the same washing powder and the same skincare products that I have been before this started. I also make sure I clean my brushes regularly (I use Dr Bronner's peppermint liquid soap). A friend said it might be hair products, but I only use SLS-free shampoo because I have a really sensitive, prone-to-itching scalp, but I do use a normal conditioner - while I've learned that silicone-based products break me out, I've been using the same conditioner for ages.
I have had a bit of a stressful period over the past couple of months, and as a result have been eating fairly crappily, but I've not experienced diet-based breakouts before - I'm not eating anything new.