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flaky patches on face

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giulia Sat 28-Oct-17 06:21:55

I'm very careful about moisturising my skin and even use Boots serum morning and night. So why do I still sometimes get dry patches on certain parts of my face - always the same areas? I get them behind and even on my ears too. It's something that comes and goes. They disappear with a cortisone cream but reappear at will. Any solutions anyone?

cornergran Sat 28-Oct-17 06:27:56

Have you thought it could be eczema? Have you asked advice from a pharmacist or your doctor? May be worth it, ideally when the patches are there or if that isn't possible show them a photo.

giulia Sat 28-Oct-17 06:42:54

cornergran My doc gave me a cortisone cream. However, I am not happy about using cortisone treatments. Am hoping it could be connected with stress (which I am under permanently). MAybe Flowers of Bach could help. Any experts out there?

Riverwalk Sat 28-Oct-17 06:58:19

It could be a reaction to the contents of the Boots serum - this is an old article but it shows just what's in the serum and doesn't make good reading!


Teetime Sat 28-Oct-17 08:32:44

I would have a facial in a good salon and ask them to advise.

Nanabilly Sat 28-Oct-17 09:02:15

I can't use serums they bring me out in spots.
It could be a dermatitis thing or eczema you are getting not dry skin

hildajenniJ Sat 28-Oct-17 10:32:59

I can't use any moisturisers from high street stores. I find using a thin smear of Aveeno keeps my face smooth. I suffer from very dry skin. It's a constant battle to keep it hydrated.

Jalima1108 Sat 28-Oct-17 11:10:41

The Boots serum brought me out in a red rash similar to acne.

I would find an alternative moisturiser and ditch the serum. Something gentle and unperfumed perhaps.

Avene moisturisers are supposed to be good for problem skin. They do various types, for rosacea, problem skin etc. Also available in Boots and other outlets.

giulia Sat 28-Oct-17 11:14:26

Riverwalk Very interesting article. Thanks!

Menopaws Sat 28-Oct-17 14:47:53

Rescue remedy cream, Boots do it, swear by it for anything skin related

Mamie Sat 28-Oct-17 15:18:06

I have eczema and get red, flaky patches from time to time. It normally starts at this time of year, but this year I am using a couple of products from The Ordinary range under my normal La Roche Posay moisturiser. It really seems to work well and is so amazingly cheaply priced. I use hyaluronic and squalene, but it is all so complicated that I just followed the advice of the salesperson. Has anyone else tried it?

Farmor15 Sat 28-Oct-17 16:49:58

I have had these type of scaly patches on and off for years, also have chronic dandruff so I think both are related- probably a type of seborrhoeic dermatitis. I’ve used various creams over the years, including steroid ones, sparingly. But when in pharmacy a couple of years ago, as assistant recommended Kerium cream from La Roche Posay. I’ve found it pretty good, there’s also a shampoo which is good for dandruff.

Squiffy Sat 28-Oct-17 17:50:28

Organic raw virgin coconut oil is excellent. No additives, very gentle and a little goes a long way! I find it very healing. If you prefer a cream, Allergenics cream, or ointment, is also excellent. It's as near natural as possible - no parabens etc.

giulia Sun 29-Oct-17 06:05:10

Thanks everyone who answered my query. Have found some very useful advice here.

Teachers96 Wed 22-Jan-20 12:28:51

After 20 years I found what works for me and wanted to share. By chance I used a makeup remover after Halloween face paint (I'm a dude). Long story short, twice a day I us Costco's Kirkland brand facial towelettes. I share this hoping to spare others of decades-long paranoia, anxiety etc of having red and flaky facial skin.