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Zitty Skin
stlpm636 posted:
I am having an issue with zitty skin. I am 49 years old. I never had big issues with acne as a teeneager. I have a history of traditional "zits" as an adult, but never anything serious. Recently, I have developed small pimply zits. Not a lot of them, a few here and there. I currently have three or four on my face ... jaw line area and lower cheek ... some on my shoulders and chest. They are not clustered in any way .... just individual zitties. They get scratched, become scabby and take a long time healing. They don't get worse ... i.e. they don't get larger ... but when they get scabby they do bleed if they get scratched. I try not to scratch them, but am not always successful. My key concerns are why the zits are appearing in the first place and why they are taking so long to heal. Help?
Mohiba K Tareen, MD responded:
Hormonal changes/ stress as well as irritation/ allergy from products are the main cause of new onset acne in adults. Begin with an OTC benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid wash and good oil free moisturizer- hopefully that simple change will help
Dr. Mohiba Tareen
Tareen Dermatology, Roseville, Minn
Castle Connoly's America's Top Cosmetic Dermatologists
Adjunct Assistant Professor Univ of MN Dept of Dermatology
chuckmon replied to Mohiba K Tareen, MD's response:
Hi Dr.,
We have a 50 yr old fm who is experiancing what looks like chicken pox, severe itching bumps/sores started on arms, moved to legs, now on abdomen and back, skin appears brittle, dermatologist has not been able to help, various antibiotics, steroids and cremes have not been any help, nor a reliable diagnosis forthcoming. resembles shingles, but isnt one-side located only, was arms, then legs as mentioned above. any ideas?thank you so much for your time.
Mohiba K Tareen, MD replied to chuckmon's response:
Given that you have tried everything - I must ask- has your dermatologist done biopsies of the skin lesions. There are numerous vesicular (blister-like) conditions that resemble shingles but are rare and need a biopsy for confirmation.

Please keep me posted I hope my prior answer to your post was helpful.
Dr. Mohiba Tareen
Tareen Dermatology, Roseville, Minn
Castle Connoly's America's Top Cosmetic Dermatologists
Adjunct Assistant Professor Univ of MN Dept of Dermatology

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