Post # 1
OMG! OMG! OMG!
Since past few days I have started developing these strange rashes on my face! They resemble mosquito bites but that they are not.
I haven’t changed ANY of my cosmetics or personal care items.
I realized I hadn’t gotten a chance to change my bedsheets for a while because I was SO BUSY with wedding stuff that it slipped my mind. So I did that last night.
But I am FREAKIN’ OUT!!! Anyone ever get anything like this!?!?! And the worst part is that it’s ON MY FACE!!!!
I think that they are bedbug bites, however I have that authentic Tempurpedic mattress that is known NEVER to get a bedbug problem because of its composition. And they are nowhere else on me. Just on my face! My FI has a few of these but they are on his chest/back area. But NOT on his face.
Any way to get rid of them except to change my sleeping area? (I already changed the sheets.)
I have reasonably CLEAN and CLEAR skin for a LONG time. I will be getting a facial 5 days before the wedding. I do get regular facials once a month, however I skipped June due to wedding planning sh*t.
Post # 3
Have you gone anywhere new? Tried any new foods? Do you have pets that could have bugs on them? If I was you, I’d honestly be too scared to get a facial, in case it sets off whatever you have going on now.
Post # 4
Yikes!!! No new food.
I really, REALLY had to think hard what I changed. Or what I have done in the past few days differently. The sheets was the ONLY thing I could think of.
I will do a mud mask and ACV rinse tonight and check on the damage tomorrow morning. I have been waking up consistently with one EXTRA bump on my face on a daily basis.
Our neighbour put a huge-ass mosquito repellent thingie a few days ago in their backyard and so we do not even get any mosquitoes. I think I will start sleeping at their place for the wedding. They are clean freaks.
Post # 5
Could it be hives? Bed bugs tend to bite in little rows, and I would think not on your face. Did you try taking an benadryll to see if that helps calm them?
Post # 6
Get one of those pillow covers/protector things that guard against bed bugs, too…just in case!
I agree, try taking benadryl and see what happens.
Are you sure they’re not zits from stress?
Post # 7
Hmmm, I posted something but it’s been erased!
Basically, I said, (like PP) to try benedryl, DO NOT try mud masks or anything….your skin needs some hydrocortisone cream if you are breaking out in a rash.
Aveeno sells oatmeal bath, get some of that (I see you are from Canada – Shoppers sells their “Life” brand and it’s the same thing) and take oatmeal baths. The oatmeal will calm the skin.
If you are using hydrocortisone, keep in mind that it is very strong, so talk to the pharmacist and use sparingly.
Post # 8
I would go to a dermatologist if I were you
Post # 9
Something is really going on with WB letting me post 🙁 Let me try again in a new post!
Post # 10
I would just say go to the dermatologist. But it could just be from stress!!
Post # 11
First off – I am so sorry, I can’t imagine how horrible this must be.
Do you have picture of them at all you could post?
I had the exact same thing happen to me last year, and I totally dismissed bedbugs because we lived in a really really (really) clean apartment (DH is OCD when it comes to cleaning). Because I have such sensitive skin, I assumed it was something else. Turned out it was definitely bed bugs which creeped me right the heck out!
They tend to bite in a line and usually on your wrists and ankles … but I had mine just on my face. DH slept in the same bed and never got a single bite, which is another reason I dismissed it. Turns out, they only tend to bite about 50-60% of people!
If you can sleep somewhere else for a few nights – try and it and see if it gets any better. If not, and you’re not prepared to invest in a fumigator just yet, get some pure lavender oil and tea tree oil and drop it all over your pillowcase and bed sheets around your face. They hate the overpowering smell of lavender, and the tea tree oil will help calm any bites you do get.
Also – I found the bedbug powder you can buy in the store works pretty well. Sprinkle that stuff EVERYWHERE!! Your mattress, your pillows, your bedframe, the floor around your bed – anywhere you can get it, sprinkle it!! Then get your vacuum out after it’s set for a while and give it a really really good vaccum! It totally helped a million percent, but we still had to get a fumigator in to get rid of them completely
Post # 12
A very similar thing happened to me, also about 2 weeks before our wedding. I woke up one morning and my face and neck were covered in a red, swollen, burning/itchy rash. I had no idea where it came from, but I figured it was stress.
I took Benadryl and put some cortisone, but NOTHING ELSE, on my face. AFter about a 3-4 days, it went down, and I was fine for the wedding.
So my advice:
1) Try some benadryl and/or cortisone–see if it helps. Your rash should begin to decrease after a few pills.
2) I would skip the mud mask, the facial, and any other creams/treatments until the rash goes down. The less you put on your face, the better. The stuff you normally put on your face might have some ingredient that aggravates the rash.
3) If you don’t notice any recovery after a couple of days, I’d see a dermatologist. He/she can probably recommend a course of action and prescribe something that will help if this happens during the wedding.
4) Don’t freak out…you’ve got plenty of time for your face to recover…and makeup does wonders, if it comes to that.
Don’t worry and good luck!!
Post # 13
Thank you, ladies! I will take a picture tonight and post it for you to get a better understanding.
I will keep my facial appointment for Monday as-is and will cancel on Sunday if this hasn’t cleaned up.
This is so frustrating. Ugh!
I will pick up Benadryl today after work and get on with it.
We have an aloe-vera plant at home and I can also try the gel from it directly.
After your suggestions, I will hold off on the ACV rinse and mud mask tonight.
Post # 14
When I got hives earlier this year, I was told take Zyrtec and Zantac together. Although Zantac is for stomach acid, for some reason it also works as a hystamine blocker. It may be worth trying that for a couple days. I’m sorry hun!
Post # 15
Cortisone shot should work.
Post # 16
Good news! These rashes have subsided!
I took Benadryl and also put on aloe-vera gel from the plant itself for 2 nights. (I couldn’t even come online all day yesterday because the Benadryl made me SUPER DROWSY! I mean, I was just dragging myself around! And it wasn’t even the night version. Ugh!
I don’t know what it was. Or which of the two ‘fixed’ it but I am glad it’s gone. I still have scars from the bumps I had scratched already in desperation. But that’s still not as bad as those ugly red bumps themselves!