25th August 2012 12:00 AM
Hi, just joined the forum!
I've had keratosis pilaris as long as i can remember... most readily recognizable on my upper arms-- i think this appeared sometime during my teenage years, but now in retrospect i realize that i actually may have had KP on my inner thighs since i was a pre-adolescent kid, as i remember getting breakouts there. About 10 years ago or so, I additionally developed KP on the backs of my legs that actually becomes pustular... it looks so bad!!
I don't officially carry a diagnosis of rosacea but i do have intermittent facial and nose redness that gets worse at the end of a long hard day of work or if i dont get enough sleep. Interestingly, in those scenarios, i used to get extreme burning of the eyes suddenly such that i would tear up and need to rinse my eyes with lots of cold water or use a flood of eye drops. This has gotten better since i started wearing contacts about 4 years ago, but whenever i dont wear contacts during a long hard days work, it doesnt fail to happen again.
A couple of years ago, poking online trying to remedy the awful terrible looking KP, I came across information about demodex follicularis and demodex brevis. I am convinced these manifestations are all a result of demodex. I also have had moderate acne on my face, neck, and check, occasionally on my back, since my teenage years (I am now almost 34 years old) and have noticed that when i squeeze a pimple, even when there is pus that comes out, there's always a hard little crumb in there --> i suspect the crumb is the demodex + debris, and the pus is there just because it's trying to get the demodex out of the follicle.
The other strange phenomenon i've noticed is with hair removal on my legs. Shaving is a no-no for me. If i shave my legs, a couple days later i get a MADDENING itch and burn of my entire legs. it's just horrible. my legs end up looking worse with the scratching than if i had just not shaved them :p Not to mention the horrible feeling. So i rely on waxing my legs. However, immediately after waxing, my legs start feeling creepy crawly tingling all over, and start begging for a good itching. What helps a lot is a few iterations of dousing with isopropyl alcohol. Oh the same thing happens after i use a depilatory cream. My hunch is that both waxing and the depilatory cream disturb the demodex and get them crawling outside of the follicles in a frenzy. I swear, that's exactly what it feels like is happening. Isopropyl alcohol does kill them, and that's why it helps i think. If you've heard of Tend Skin -- people have recommended that to me for after hair removal... and guess what... it's a $35 little bottle of isopropyl alcohol + vinegar. And voila, it works because it kills the demodex!
25th August 2012 12:16 AM
25th August 2012 12:51 AM
btw here is the article i was referring to: Gao YY et al. British J Ophthalmology 2005. Actually the study was done by a group in Miami, FL, and published in this British journal.
I would link you but i'm not allowed to post links, apparently.