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Facial Redness and Flaky Skin on Face After Quitting Smoking?
Avadakadavra posted:
I quit smoking 6 months ago. I used the nicoderm patch and it worked for me. When I was on the lowest dose patch I started to get redness and dry skin on my face and in my ears. Specifically on the sides of my nose, forehead, chin, and above my lip where the mustache grows and also a couple of places on my cheeks. The rash above my lips would burn and get irritated. The rest of my rash looked very much like the malar rash seen in lupus patients. Like a butterfly shape except it did not go over the bridge of my nose. The rash would get very scaly and peel constantly. The insides of my ears were doing this also. I thought it could be Seborrheic Dermatitis. I also got tested for lupus and it came back negative. So I bought some cream for psoriasis and Seborrheic Dermatitis and it seemed to control the flakes and helped the redness somewhat. The only thing that made the redness go away completely was Cortisone cream. I could not keep using the cortisone cream and the Sebhorreic Dermatitis cream only controlled the flakes. The redness on my face makes me look sick and burns. The doctors did not know what it was and did not offer to send me to a dermatologist. The doctors said it almost looked like hives and gave me a prescription called Hydroxyzine that did not help at all. I also took benadrly that did nothing for it. My face would be so dry after the shower that I have to put cetaphil lotion on right away and I have never had to do this and I was only using cetaphil cleanser on my face to rule out some soap allergy. Has anyone else had this happen or know what it might be?

After trying to rule out everything. I started smoking again and after three days the redness is gone and I don't even have to put on lotion after the shower. My skin has gone back to normal.

The redness persisted for six months and I don't think it was going to go away. I was fighting it every day.

Anyone know why this side effect is happening?

An_254800 responded:
am experiencing the exact same thing. did you find out why? will i have to start smoking again???
dynafesto responded:
I am also experiencing these facial lesions! Scaly dry skin on sides of my nose towards my cheekbones, the lower half of the inside of my nostrils, and the point between my eyes. I have been nicotine free for 16 days and symptoms started 10 days ago. Nothing helps as anything just aggravates the area. So if I start smoking again, then I will be healed?

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