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I am 45 and have had red, blotchy skin appear in the last

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I am 45 and have had red, blotchy skin appear in the last few months. It clusters around the chin, skin between the upper lip and nose, and the apples of the cheeks.
There are also tiny pimple like spots under the skin.
I have a mostly healthy diet. No caffeine, little alchohol. I'm on 100mg of asprin as I have a moderate to severely leaky heart valve.
What might the cause and cure for this skin condition?
Thank you. Helen
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dermatology
Expert:  Dr. Bob replied 1 year ago.

Hi Helen. Does this rash itch or hurt or burn?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No. In fact it lessened today. And the thing I did differently was stop using a Skinn pore reducing serum. So I think I have figured out the cause.
Expert:  Dr. Bob replied 1 year ago.

Yes, an allergic dermatitis can create this sort of rash. If the culprit is the serum and you stop it, the rash should resolve within a week or so. Taking an antihistamine such as benedryl or claritin, and applying a mild corticosteroid cream such as hydrocortisone 1%, would help it to resolve sooner. If it does not improve, consider rosacea, which is a type of adult acne, that can also produce this sort of rash in the distribution you describe. It is very common, and can usually be managed with topical metronidazole.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you. I will try the options you have outlined.
Expert:  Dr. Bob replied 1 year ago.

You're welcome. Let me know if there is anything else I can do for you.