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SheFinds Solution: Elidel

January 24, 2006 by SheFindsKim
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seb·or·rhea (n., seb-u-r?’u), abnormally increased secretion and discharge of sebum; The skin becomes red and covered by a yellowish scale, and it may or may not be itchy.


I’ve been diagnosed with seborrhea around my mouth, which manifests itself as redness and hyperpigmentation. So I appear to have deep laugh lines, but if you look closely, there are no wrinkles just discoloration. Thankfully, the condition doesn’t include scales for me, which would be gross. Two separate dermatologists prescribed Elidel Cream (and one doctor advised applying Lustra on top during the day), which in a matter of less than one week significantly lightened the dark lines and reduced the redness. I stopped using Elidel for a few weeks, primarily out of laziness, and the hyperpigmentation returned. But if you suffer from this condition also, don’t get too excited yet. I learned two disturbing facts about Elidel: 1) it’s primarily intended to treat eczema and prescriptions for my condition are “off label” and 2) you HAVE to wash your hands after applying (unless you’re treating your hands also). That irks me and worries me too. Seborrhea is a fickle condition. Some days, it’s almost invisible and I’d forego the concealer if were a braver soul. Other days, it’s VERY noticeable, although I’ve used the Elidel for weeks now. It appears I’ll have to keep using the cream in the long term to prevent the condition from coming back. If anyone out there finds a permanent solution, I’d love to know. You know where to find me. You can ask your derm about Elidel and get any prescription filled by drugstore.com.

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