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Lip eczema

Postby emilie1991 on Thu Sep 07, 2017 9:11 pm

Hey everyone! :) Hope you're all good.

This is my first post - thought it'd be a good idea to exchange with some of you who have been struggling with what I was diagnosed with recently, eczema. Lip eczema, more precisely.

It all started about 3 months ago. After having applied a hydrating serum to my face before going to bed (mouth included), I experienced somewhat of a strange, tingling sensation on the lips. It didn't work me up too much and, having paid quite the price for the said serum, I decided to keep using it. (duh :roll: )

A few days later, I started to notice a drier patch on my upper lip, right side. I then decided to stop using the product and give it away! As days went by, my 'dry patch' became drier, and a second patch appeared on the outline of my bottom lip.

After having tried heavy use of lip balm, antihistamines, antifungal cream, sought advice from the chemist, the dryness persisted. I decided to hit my GP who diagnosed me with eczema. She prescribed me 1% cortisone ointment, which worked wonders but as soon as I stopped using it, the redness and dryness came back.

I decided to hit the GP again, seeing no maintained result. I was prescribed a second cream, this time betamethasone. Again, I am experiencing the same thing as before - my skin seems to behave with the use of steroid creams but it flares back up after a few days of regular hydration (lip balm). My use of lip balm is very thorough, I even apply argan oil on top of it at night to prevent it from drying and lock the moisture in.

I am at a loss for knowing what else to do. I'm quite upset about it, to be honest. It's just doing my head in and I don't know what else I can do.

Has anyone ever experienced this, or anything similar? What would you suggest? And also, how long do eczema episodes last?! :cry: Luckily for me, only my lips are affected. I know some of you might struggle with it a lot more than I do, and I sympathize with you so much!

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Re: Lip eczema

Postby Marcie Mom on Fri Sep 08, 2017 9:37 am

Sorry to hear of the lip rash.. it may or may not be eczema, so it's best to get a proper diagnosis. And sometimes once your skin get sensitive, rashes may be triggered even by products that you've been using. So may be best to stay off products for a while..or stick to lip balm with the least ingredient possible to reduce likelihood of triggering rash.

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Re: Lip eczema

Postby emilie1991 on Fri Sep 08, 2017 2:17 pm

Marcie Mom wrote:Sorry to hear of the lip rash.. it may or may not be eczema, so it's best to get a proper diagnosis. And sometimes once your skin get sensitive, rashes may be triggered even by products that you've been using. So may be best to stay off products for a while..or stick to lip balm with the least ingredient possible to reduce likelihood of triggering rash.

Take care!


Hi!

Thanks for your reply :) Since then, no cosmetic products go on my lips (except for lip balm/argan oil). I carefully avoid the lips when applying face creams but still, the reaction seems to persist. It calms down and then flares up again. Steroid creams work a treat but are they really all that good? As soon as I go off them, the eczema comes back. Will it really get rid of it all at some point or is it just a temporary relief?
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Re: Lip eczema

Postby Marcie Mom on Mon Sep 11, 2017 5:07 am

Think it's best to see a dermatologist as usually steroid creams may not be meant to go on the lips.. also consider going some patch testing to find out what's triggering the rash? Take care!
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