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Flaking skin on face. Used cleanser lotion, burnt skin on washing, bleeding. Suggestions?

Hi, yesterday the skin on my face was flakey so when i took a shower i scrubbed my face with a loofa towel and i scrubbed to hard i m sure. now my face looks horrible, mainly on my nose and and lower forehead . i m kinda concerned because it looks really bad. I just washed it using a very sensitive cleanser lotion and it burned when i washed it. it started bleeding in certain areas also when i was finished. i just put polysporin on it to help keep it moist. i don t know what to do. please help
Asked On : Mon, 31 Dec 2012
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Internal Medicine Specialist 's  Response
Hi bmoto,
Welcome to healthcare Magic!
The skin of the face is very soft and thinner than else where and also very vascular.
You can not handle the medical problems by yourself, you have tried your best but your face is in real danger. The skin has become raw probably and it may get infected and there may be scar formation later on. Please do not handle delicate body parts that roughly, it may lead to permanent disfiguring.
You must consult a dermatologist as soon as possible.
I hope the advise would be informative and useful for you.
Take Care!
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Emergency Medicine Specialist Dr. Sheeba Stephen's  Response
Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

From your description, I understand that you have developed excoriation / peeling of the skin due to the irritant effects of the cleanser solution and the aggressive scrubbing. Many skin cleansers contain salycilic acid, and when these cleansers are used too much the acid can cause burning, irritation and sometimes even ulceration.

I would suggest the following remedial measures:

- Apply a local application like Calamine lotion over the irritated and sensitive areas of the face - not over the raw ulcerated areas.

- Over the raw ulcerated areas, use a gentle anti-septic cream

- Keep rinsing your face frequently with cold water. This will reduce the inflamation as well as give a soothing relief

- Avoid using any kind of soap or face wash for the next few days, since it can cause more irritation

- Avoid going out in the sun as this can also cause photosensitivity, irritation and sometimes, sun burns.

Don't worry, the damaged skin will heal and rejuvenate soon. Also, since these are just superficial injuries, they are unlikely to leave back any permanent scarring. There may be a discolouration at the time of healing, but this will disappear soon.

In the furture, please be very careful while using chemical agents like cleansers, astringents, scrubs, etc. as you seem to be having a sensitive skin.

Wish you all the best.

Dr. Sheeba Stephen
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