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About 4 months ago I noticed a rash begin to develop on either side of my face, specifically around the temple area and just outside of my hairline. It started on the right side then appeared on the left, and began spreading locally around the temple area for about a week. It started as small raised red bumps that were similar to normal acne, were somewhat sensitive to the touch but not itchy. After initially spreading around the temples, the rash has remained isolated on either side of my face.
I have visited the doctor on 3 occasions (urgent care, primary care physician, then a dermatologist), and was initially diagnosed with "acute folliculitis". From the first two visits I was prescribed two antibiotics: Cephalexin, then Minocycline, as well as a topical Benzoyl Peroxide cream. The dermatologist took skin samples to test for various possible diagnoses, but all the tests came back inconclusive. I was prescribed the topical steroid cream triamcinolone acetonide by the dermatologist.
After the early visits using the topical cream and antibiotics the bumps of the rash came down to be flush with the level of my skin, however they have remained as red circles with very little change in appearance or number.
In addition to the prescribed antibiotics and creams I have tried topical applications of teatree oil, apple cider vinegar, and over the counter face wash products. I should note that nothing had changed in my life that might explain the sudden appearance of a rash unlike anything I've ever had before (no change in laundry detergent, shampoo, soap, diet, medication, habits, etc)
At this point I'm not sure what else to try, but I have a hard time believing this seemingly random rash cannot be treated. I'm open to any suggestions and happy to provide more details about my case.
Thank you for reading!
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