I've been recently diagnosed with PCOS, and the difficult part at the moment is the chin acne/facial hair - because I'm a fidget and tend to pick at things. And it makes me feel pretty rubbish about my appearance. PCOS people, what have you used that's helped? Were there any miracle products, or did dietary changes help too? [more inside]
Hi! So first of all let me preface this by saying I do NOT think I have cancer. [more inside]
Why are my yellow squash growing tough, leathery skins like a gourd? [more inside]
I searched AskMe for the the exercise/itch questions and got some interesting results. Tbh I still don't really know why. But the immediate problem facing me is, I don't know what kind of bottoms I can wear to pilates because the ones I've been wearing seem to make the problem worse. [more inside]
I moved to California a week ago & since I got here I've been breaking out. I never break out. ??? [more inside]
My legs have developed some weird pigmentation. It doesn't hurt, it just looks super unfortunate. I want to be better armed before a doctor's appt. Help? [more inside]
My left eyelid has been swollen for about a year. Last year I had my first bout of eczema (atopic dermatitis) that hit my left eyelid. I went to the doctor thinking it was an eye infection, and was prescribed a 2% hydrocortisone creme. That seemed to work, but I have been dealing with on-and-off eczema in various spots ever since. However my left eyelid later got infected, and I went to my dermatologist and got some antibiotics which took care of it-- but the swelling never fully went away. It's not active eczema, it's not infected... my dermatologist and opthamologist have no idea and no suggestions. It isn't red or painful or itchy, and I haven't noticed anything that makes it worse or better food-wise. I definitely notice it's swollen, I can feel it when my eye is open. It's also very apparent in the mirror and in photos. Any ideas on what this is or what to do about it? Or even what kind of doctor to see?
My five year old's palms feel rough when they're wet but normal when they're not wet. What gives?
I get a pimple on my chin every month just before my period. It's kind of hard. It leaves a dark mark behind, and the back of my head hurts if I touch it(weird, I know!). I know that the basic mechanism is hormones, but I don't understand why these hormones only affect my chin and I don't understand why there's always exactly ONE and never more than one or it never skips a month. Do all my pores get together and vote for one pore to be the host? How does this work? [more inside]
I've seen four dermatologists, and followed their advice, but my vulval eczema hasn't gone away. Maybe you can help? [more inside]
Have been using 1% hydrocortisone polysporin cream on my 20 month old daughter and the results have been dramatic - from raw angry looking legs and constant scratching to totally clear skin. What sort of precautions should we be taking when using this? What are the dangers associated with it? [more inside]
In April 2012 I had a large sudden blister on my leg, it became infected after it burst and it took lots of antibiotics and wound dressings for about 6 weeks to heal. A spider bite, or so I thought, until a year (1/14) later I got another one right next to it. And recently 2 more on my opposite ankle (one in november and the other a month later). I'm a little scared now because I have had 2 in quick succession. What is going on? [more inside]
My best friend has a skin condition that presents in a distribution of dark spots scattered across his skin. He needs to reclaim his skin & overwrite this condition. I am reaching out for help to understand the full range of body art options available (focus is currently on tattoos) so we can work through a range of creative inputs. [more inside]
I got acupuncture for my chronically itchy skin and it was an unpleasant experience. Should I keep with it? [more inside]
Have you tried bespoke face cream? How did it work for you? [more inside]
I have blepharitis, a condition that makes my eyelids very prone to chalazions (warning: gross). As far as I can tell, this isn't something that can be cured per se, but there are things that can be done to lessen the symptoms. What works for you, fellow blepharitis sufferers? [more inside]
I've now had 3 episodes of a weird skin thing (specifics within) that is painful and perplexing and google-resistant. I have an appointment with a dermatologist, but it isn't for several weeks, and I'm not even sure this is actually one for the dermatologist, rather than a GP or even an OB/Gyn. It starts with hot itchy skin and evolves to a pimple-like rash, and it is exclusive to my jawline and chin. Do you know what it might be, and exactly which doctor I should see about it? I really hate going to doctors, so I’d love to get the right doc the first time with this. [more inside]
I'm not really sure what to call this since it's not wrinkles or sagging.... it's just... easier to see the muscles underneath my skin? [more inside]
My cat has a few small, uninfected scratches on bridge of its nose. I have washed gently with warm water and a cloth, but am wondering if anyone can recommend something simple I can apply to promote healing? Could be an over the counter ointment made for the purpose or something I have at home like olive oil, jojoba oil, or aloe, but I don't really want anything medicated. YANMvet but, cat parents, what have you used?
It doesn't seem to be candida, mites, fleas, dry skin, or psychosomatic. I've lived in three different states, changing bedding and soaps as I go but it has followed me over the past year. [more inside]
My husband and I are honeymooning on Gran Canaria and, in a silly mood, got henna tattoos from a stall on the oceanside. Back at the hotel, I googled for tips on henna tattoo care and discovered that the vendor used "black henna" containing PPD, which can cause severe skin reactions and further health problems. [more inside]
I've read that the art of film making was developed with white skin in mind. Are there articles or books that describe this bias in more detail? I remember reading somewhere that The Wire, having to film many scenes featuring only black people, developed techniques to film black skin more effectively. Is that true? Thank you.
I'm happy with the shower gels that I use. It's an assortiment of Sanex products (I like variety). On paper or on the web, that company is all about the pH balance this, hydratation that, skin protection here, deep moisturization there. But does it really make a difference, or is soap basically soap? [more inside]
This past weekend a dark brown blotch appeared on my daughter's finger. It kind of looks like someone took a brown marker and just dabbed it quickly. My daughter wouldn't let us touch it at first and she kind of acted like it hurt but wouldn't confirm or deny it hurting. There is no difference in texture to the skin - it's not a scab. It's just discoloration. [more inside]
Can you recommend a facial moisturizer that will inundate me with MOISTURE. [more inside]
My nails have never been pretty, but I want them to be. What could I do over the next 30 days to make them even a little improved so that they don't look bad when I dress up for Comic Con? [more inside]
Active women: how do you keep your hair and skin healthy and undamaged from sweat and sun? [more inside]
How do I take care of my skin? [more inside]
Hi, everyone. So I had a very bad reaction to a face mask I made at home using matcha green tea powder and lemon juice to treat my acne scarring. I left it on for just over an hour, and now my face has tiny red bumps all over it! It's itchy, flaky, has dry patches all over and it's burning like crazy! I've applied lemon on my face numerous times before and never had any problems, so it might have been the combination with the matcha powder. My face looks like a swollen tomato. Any idea on how to make the bumps and dry skin go away? I'll go see a doctor tomorrow but I'm just wondering what I can do in the meantime to make my face heal? Thanks so much!
Hi there, this is something that's been on my mind a lot lately and I was wondering about the opinions of others. Has anyone out there actually tried medical treatments that are supposed to make you look younger? Specifically, laser skin resurfacing, laser skin rejuvenation, or the 'dreaded' facelift?? (I say dreaded because it has a bad reputation.) It's hard to know what the results are without actually asking someone who has undergone it- not to mention that it would be incredibly rude to inquire. I don't trust any of the online review sites, so I'd appreciate everyone's personal anecdotes about these options. [more inside]
I have some scars on the inside of my thighs from a few years ago. I think it's due to the overuse of clobetasol. Has anyone else experienced this? [more inside]
I started using retinol and AHA products in my early 20s. Are there any risks to using them in the long term? [more inside]
For those who have lost over 100 lbs and had a breast lift, abdominoplasty, or a lower body lift: Would you mind sharing your experience with me? [more inside]
I have a scar that I hate. I want to incorporate it into a tattoo. How does one go about doing that? [more inside]
About 2 weeks ago I tried a new makeup primer from ELF Cosmetics and after 1 day of use it turned my skin into a nightmare. You'd think that, given my history, I'd know better than to try something new, but Pinterest can be very persuasive. As of today, my skin is still extremely broken out, covered in red blotches and scaly patches, and flaking like no tomorrow. What can I do to heal my poor face? [more inside]
Someone very close to me was diagnosed with early stage melanoma. What now? [more inside]
Does anyone know of a few good brands that do a customizable travel make up palette that includes not only eye shadow but liner, as well as foundation, bronzer etc? I can't seem to find anything online except for a few hits on the big "mature" skin companies like Estee Lauder.... Thanks ladies!
I've been getting these blotchy raised patches around my mouth for about 6 years. I've shown photos of them to allergists, dermatologists, and specialists, and nobody can tell me what they are, though I've been treated for a host of things that don't quite seem to get rid of the blotches entirely. Today another one showed up and I got a clear photo of it. What is it? [more inside]
I got a pimple about 1.5 years back, which I wasn't used to getting, and since it was smack dab in the middle of my face, I kept picking and prodding at it until a combination of chemicals and heat turned it into a burn. That burn left a small brown scar on my face I tried fading creams, exfoliating and 25% mandelic acid and it didn't work. Finally I tried 18% TCA peel. I did the peel twice and the brown scar was 100% gone. I should note that while healing I would spray it with 3% food grade hydrogen peroxide, then coat it with this anti bacterial cream and then cover with this other prescription cream i had used when removing DPN from a past procedure which left my face without any scars. [more inside]
I'd like to switch from creme/lotion facial moisturizers to something oil-based. Any recommendations? [more inside]
I am 33, newly pregnant and most of my usual skin care products are not allowed (retin-a, green peels, botox etc) I am interested in purchasing one of the more expensive beauty lamps using Red LED lights (not hand held) but I would really like to hear some experiences before I shell out any big bucks. Any other pregnancy skin hacks are welcome! My budget is about $1300 a year... but I like to spend it on things that have visual longer lasting effects. Thanks in advance!
What can I use to solve my terribly dry hand problem? I would prefer natural solutions, like oils (but coconut oil isn't working, see below the fold). I would accept unscented creams that I can buy at a drug store. I would rather not spend $45 per ounce of some lady cream at sephora. (yes, diet, water, sleep, humidifier. I'm on those things.) thanks! [more inside]
Ok. So I'm a 40 year old woman and use basic Nivea moisturiser every day but have some serious wrinkles around my eyes and forehead that I'd like to minimise or at least stop them getting worse. I have sensitive skin so I need to be careful with creams. I know nothing at all about wrinkle creams and serums so I could do with some advise please! I am looking for the best available product in the cheap to mid range end of the price spectrum. I'm sure there are some that do a good job without having to remortgage the house! I'm in Australia, so would need to be able to buy any recommended product here. Thanks!
I've managed to reach my mid-30s with no acne and suddenly it's AcneTown all over my face. Can you help me clear it up? [more inside]
Hi MeFi, I've asked about skin issues before sometime last year and I still haven't found what it could be. My dermatologist said that I have become immune/resistant to topical treatments (benzyl perox, clindamycin, clindamycin, erythromycin) and that he needed to take a sample and conduct a skin biopsy. On a first whim, he said I likely have 'Folliculitis' but he's not sure since my skin didn't respond to topical treatments. So today he did a skin sample and I'm just curious to what exactly do lab-results show when it comes to skin biopsy. Do they look for certain bacteria or do they get an overall result of what has been in my body as far as food, drugs, liquids go? All I really use 'recreationally' is marijuana through a vaporizer to treat my neck pain but this dermatologist is sorta ultra-conservative and a friend of the family so I'd hate have to explain stupid things to him should they even come up during the test results. TL;dr - Do Skin Biopsy lab results show drug use or just skin bacteria? Thanks everyone!
Hello. Female, 33, I've been using retin-a for years but never in the eye area. I would like to start using a very light .025 cream around that area but I'm really not sure yet, I've heard that it makes the area look crepey but that it then really improves. Have any of you beauties taken that plunge? What happened? How did it work for you?
How long do I have to be exposed to 'bad UV' to be at risk of negative effects? [more inside]
My girlfriend and I have silver wedding rings. Unfortunately, they apparently contain nickel, which we are having a bad reaction to. We love these rings and want to keep them. But we can’t wear them now. Do you know of a protective coating we could apply to the rings, or anything else we could do to wear the rings in comfort?
I've always followed the same, for want of a better word, 'beauty' regimen and until now there have been no issues. But now suddenly, I am experiencing many appearance-related issues and having to rethink decades-old methods. My problems are with my hair and skin. Is this a thirties thing? I could do with some advice on how to look decent again, as well as some help dealing with the emotional repercussions of suddenly looking terrible all the time. [more inside]