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#1 mando621


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Posted 10 November 2008 - 04:30 AM


I have tighter skin on my face in the mornings. It feels like it is shrinking all over my face. I think my nose appears slightly more pinched and smaller, and the upper lip is also shrinking. I'm getting the furrowing around my mouth, and first thing in the morning, you can't see many wrinkles on my face, but later in the day they come out.

Does this seem typical of scleroderma? I notice that my speech is really getting hard to understand unless I really make sure to over emphasize what I'm trying to say.

I wash my face in the morning, I'm dealing with acne and can't go without washing. My skin would usually feel tighter just after I washed it, but that feeling would go away pretty quickly. Now it seems like that feeling is going on late into the morning. I can't find a moisturizer to use that doesn't aggravate my acne issues. I am actually using the over-the-counter antibiotic wound ointment on my face at night and it is really helping to clear up my pimples, and the petroleum jelly seems to work as a good moisturizer.

Thanks for listening. I'm going in for my swallow study tomorrow, I hope it won't be too bad. I also haven't been having as noticable a problem the last few days. Isn't that the way it always works. Just before a test, it seems that the issue you're worried about miraculously clears up, but then comes back with a vengance after the test is complete. :angry:


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Posted 10 November 2008 - 05:42 AM

Mando, good luck tomorrow on your swallowing study. I hope it shows your difficulties swallowing without it being the least bit painful. Let us know your results when you get any feedback.

Acne can be a real problem. Any type of very light moisturizer would be ok to use if you think you need to soften your skin while you sleep. Petroleum jelly can keep your pores from breathing properly. It can actually perpetuate acne. Dust, and air born particles can get pushed into the pores and start a new infection each time your push the petroleum jelly into your skin. I am not a specialist but I would think twice before putting anything thick on my face so as not to let my skin breath. You can use it for very dry, cracked skin to soften or condition it. Such as your hands, elbows and feet. Maybe others will respond to this with different ideas. I for one would never use anything that could clog my pores in my fae or neck. Does this sound like I am sandwiching the good with the bad. Have a great day!
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#3 Wohali


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Posted 10 November 2008 - 06:10 AM

Have you ever tried a different means to fight the acne like taking Doxycycline? That cleared up my acne. All the face washing is not good for your skin nor is applying harsh chemicals to skin with scleroderma. My dermatologist advised me only to wash the face once a day with a gentle cleanser and for face lotion only use a light moisturizing lotion which is free of many chemical irritants. My skin has done a lot better since using it. You may PM me for the brand names.

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Posted 10 November 2008 - 07:48 AM

Thanks for the info.

I've tried just about everything for acne, from topicals, antibiotics, to Acutane which was not a good thing for me. I don't really want to concentrate on the acne issue. I've dealt with acne since 4th grade, and I'm now 45. It has been a constant. As long as I don't eat too much candy and things that aren't good for me, it doesn't get too bad. Too bad it was recently Halloween and I indulged in candy.

I'm okay with dealing with the acne. I only apply the ointment to the cyst. Rather than getting the drying of the topical acne cream, it at least keeps things manageable. I don't want to take oral medication for acne at this time. I would rather not attack it systemically. I try to keep my diet balanced and it gets better. Exercise also helps keep it in control.

[b]I really wondered if you feel tightness in your face, or does it just creep up on you[/b]. Looking back over pictures from the last 10 years, I see changes. I have been told by people close to me that I haven't changed. I can see changes in the pictures. One picture recently nearly had me crying. I look so awful.

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Posted 10 November 2008 - 09:01 AM

Mando I hope everything goes well for you tomorrow so that you get some answers to your questions.
My sister had very bad acne and eventually was sent to a dermatologist she did have to have some big doses of oral antibiotics and then some hormone treatment which it then cleared and she's been free ever since.

It was my rheumatologists (2 of them) who saw that my face had become tighter and that my mouth had pulled in with those telltale lines. One good thing is that they both said I looked much younger than my actual age! :blink:

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Posted 10 November 2008 - 01:26 PM

I've noticed that the area around my mouth is smaller. When I was in the ER a couple of months ago a visiting doctor detected that I had sclero by just looking at my face. When I told her I had scleroderma she said she could tell by my mouth. I have wrinkles between my nose and upper lip like people get when they are smokers but I don't smoke. I suppose down the road my lips probably won't fit over my teeth...........

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Posted 10 November 2008 - 02:30 PM

I have been using a dry skin and foot cream (I actually borrowed some from work, I work in a hospital)... It seems to work really well...I have been using it everywhere arms, legs, stomach, face and chest. If you would like the name of it and additional information PM me.

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Posted 10 November 2008 - 05:56 PM

Hi mando,

Sorry for what is happening to you. Whether physical or emotional, it is not a nice feeling when the disease seems to progress. I felt it when my upper lip got stiffer. Then the wrinkles between the nose and upper lip. I don't feel the eyelids getting tighter as they supposidly are now but the wrinkles around my eyes are disappearing too. There is an itch though. So good and bad, depending on how we look at things during that change and how far it will go. You are still you no matter what.

With gentle thoughts.

A happy heart is good medicine.