I have weird chronic peeling on my nose?
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I’ve had this weird chronic peeling on the skin of my nose for a little over a year now. It all started when I went to a dermatologist for removal of these little flat warts I had on my forehead. He gave me a prescription cream called Tazorac cream and told me that since I also had acne on my nose at the time, that I could use the Tazorac on my nose and it would get rid of the acne.
After awhile of using the Tazorac, I noticed that the skin on my nose started to dry up, die, and peel off of my nose. I stopped using the cream and loaded my nose with moisturizer in the hopes that it would stop peeling. Since I go to school and the skin would randomly peel off and stick straight up from my nose (super gross and embarrassing) I started peeling it off and hoping that it would just be over with once the dead skin was gone. It seems like the skin goes through a cycle: it gets kinda wrinkled and starts to dry out, dies, then lifts and peels and it won’t stop.
I switched dermatologists and the new one I went to gave me Salivax salicycic acid foam and some skin barrier emulsion cream, and that improved the condition of my nose for the amount of time it took me to finish the bottle of cream, but it’s not fully fixed and it’s to the point where I can’t wear some foundation because it accentuates the weirdness of the skin on my nose.
Anyway, the bottom line is, neither of my dermatologists was much help and I just want my skin to be normal as it used to be. Does anyone know what could be wrong with the skin? My mom said that my biological dad has dermatitis, whatever that is. Could that be it? What can I do to keep the skin from drying out and peeling off?
Thanks for the help, and sorry for the novel-length question.
Answer by yoohoo
long question & I don’t know for sure but I don’t think Tazorac causes permanent peeling. Dermatitis usually has some other effect like bumps or redness, not just peeling.
Best thing is just scrub off the dead cells daily. Use a wet, soapy buff puff , washcloth, microfiber cloth, or a grainy washing agent to slough off the dead cells daily. You can use baking soda, white granular sugar, etc, mixed w/ anything like honey, yogurt, soap, shower gel, lotion, etc, to make a scrubby paste to slough.
Otherwise, research what could cause chronic skin peeling/shedding. Psoriasis is the one that comes to mind, but it’s usually in flakes & is accompanied by white or red blotchiness or sores.
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