It looks like I might have either pityriasis rosea or psoriasis - my dermatologist first thought it was the former, but now feels it could be the latter. He said it started out as a textbook case of PR, but after 3 weeks it has not progressed the way it should normally. My skin in many places is extremely dry and thick. Around my eyes, it is very tight and is beginning to wrinkle in a few places.
About 2 months ago I had applied a commercial "rejuvenating" cream on my face for about a month - once at bedtime. Not sure if this skin issue around the eye has been caused by a reaction to this cream, or is because of the Pityriasis/Psoriasis. My question is, any remedies I can use to improve the skin around my eyes?
(My eyes are fine - no issues)
Hello Dr. Rick,
My skin issues started about a month ago. The first derm I saw said it was seborrheic dermatitis and prescribed an ointment to apply. However, it did not reduce. I saw a 2nd derm, who said it was a classic case of Pityriasis Rosea - rashes in the chest and upper back. He prescribed Methyl Prednisone, along with Lamisil tablets for another skin problem - what looked like fungal in the groin (a long standing problem for me, intermittent).
I finished the course for both. Now, the original rash seems to be subsiding in the initial areas, there are still quite a few remaining. The original rash has given way to white/grey powdery dry flakes, and this powdery flakes is now spreading across much of my body - forearms, inside lower arms, thighs, and even to the face gradually.
So the skin around my eyes could be affected by this dryness/wrinkling, or possibly from a reaction to the "rejuvenating" cream I applied.
When I visited my 2nd derm yesterday, he said he now suspected psoriasis instead. He has taken a biopsy sample. He has doubled my dose of prednisone.
Other than this I have no known medical issues, nor take any medication. No reaction to any medication.