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I'm sorry to hear about this
What you likely have is folliculitis
You would likely benefit from using a soap with benzoyl peroxide in it, and over about 4 weeks you should see an improvement
what will the benzoly peroxide do? will it release the ingrown hairs? will it lighten the skin?
It should decrease the inflammation of the follicles and therefore lighten the skin to its normal color over time
if I discontinue Vaniqua, would this clear up the problem? also, should I see a dermatologist?
If you discontinue it, it should help the problem, you should see a dermatologist if you have no improvement after 4 weeks
have you heard about this happening before, with the use of Vaniqua?
I have seen it occur with similar creams, not vaniqua specifically
I hope you don't mind, I have another question. I never had a problem like this before a year ago, could it be adrenal gland related? could an endocrinologist help me with this, since I'm supposed to see one anyway?
it could be related to your adrenal gland, but only testing can determine that, an endocrinologist may be able to help, since you are supposed to see one you should ask them to examine you
will the 5 o'clock shadow go away?
The shadow should disappear within a few weeks
thank you very much, I feel better, and I will follow your advice.
You're very welcome
I'm happy I could help
can I print out this response?
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