Random Scarring The Past Months (Please Help!)
- Los Angeles, CA
- Last updated: 6 months ago
I've scoured the Internet for those websites where you can ask medical professionals for help, but realized all of them required you to pay if a doctor actually responds....I guess nothing is free. I figured coming on here was better than nothing. Pretty much, since March, I have had a plethora of odd and disturbing things happening to my skin. I've come across many various posts on different forums with people who seem to have experienced similar symptoms as I have, but all these threads ended up dying out with no continued discussion. So this is just my experience: Near the end of March, I noticed random pockmarks and thin indented lines forming all over my face. From April to June, I've gone to 3 dermatologists or so for answers, all of whom have been unable to give me a proper diagnosis.
The first thing Google told me was some rare scarring disease called AMVC (atrophia maculosa varioliformis cutis), but none but one of the dermatologists I visited had heard of this disease before - the one that had heard of it assured me I didn't have it and that there was debate among dermatologists whether such a disease actually exists. I had a bloodtest done for autoimmune disorders (Lupus, scleroderma, etc.), as well as 2 skin scrapings done for fungal/yeast infection and scabies/parasite testing, all of which came back negative. Normally, this would be good news to any average person, but to me, it just meant there was no explanation for what I had going on.
The scarring would happen every week, meaning every week when I looked in the mirror, I would notice a new dent or some damage of a sort. You can imagine how depressed I became due to all this, esp since I am someone who cares about his looks and appearance a lot. Since July, I noticed the random scarring on my face appeared to have stopped, so I started to feel a bit better. But unfortunately just a few days ago, I noticed a vertical dent right in the middle of my forehead....and it's like I'm back in hell all over again. I have a picture of the recent scar (surely the picture will do no justice though, due to lighting), but I figured it's better to have something than nothing. I can't say it's a true dented scar, but it IS a dented line that is quite noticeable if lighting is to any side of my face.
My mom thinks it can be an expression mark, as I frown my forehead a lot, but it doesn't make much sense to me since most expression lines are horizontal, and also, this line really came out of nowhere. If I relax my forehead to the best that I can, the line is still there. My mom thinks I probably had the line previously and just never noticed it, but I know for a fact that had I had the line previously already, I sure as hell would have noticed. I'm paranoid because I have Chinese cupping and acupuncture done every week, and I had a needle placed near that area on my forehead, which might I add hurt a lot that time I had it done. Of course the day after, the area was slightly red, but that's when I noticed the dent, which seemed to "stem" from that point where I had a needle. However, acupuncture is not known to cause physical dents to the skin, so this just puzzles me. I just don't know what to make of it....and it sucks because this new dent is just...there right in the middle of my forehead now. I was thinking maybe because my forehead is pretty tense, my muscles would relax in the days following the acupuncture, but honestly....who am I kidding. This is not normal, and acupuncture doesn't cause crap like this. I have also included a picture of one of the linear scars I experienced spontaneously on my face for you guys to see.
Aside from my face, around March to April, I noticed I started forming a bunch of horizontal lines all over my knees. I initially didn't take it too seriously since I'm quite lacking on body care (I don't exfoliate or moisturize regularly). Also, I have always been a runner, but didn't run for most of my time in college. I picked up running regularly again in February or so, so I thought perhaps these lines were associated with runner's lines or whatever marks people online have been labeling such phenomena as....I even thought they were possibly stretch marks. However, one of the dermatologists I went to found these lines to be very peculiar and suggested I go in for allergy testing; another dermatologist I went to said the lines were Langer's lines, particularly lines of tension (and she said they absolutely were not stretch marks). However, I've searched up Langer's lines like mad all over the Internet and have not been able to come across any helpful information - only stuff I've seen is that they are natural lines surgeons use to guide them in surgical procedures. The dermatologist who told me they were Langer's lines said with regular exfoliation and moisturizing, the lines should fade...I've been regularly doing both for about a month now and have seen no improvement.
To make things worse, in April, I started experiencing random twitching and prickling/bug crawling sensations all over my body. As mentioned, a skin scraping was done to test for scabies or bugs, and I also took Ivermectin just for safety measures, but the sensations have not stopped. I went to an allergist upon the recommendation of one of the dermatologists I visited, who felt everything I was experiencing could be related to some bizarre allergy of a sort. He's put me on Zyrtec, which I think has slightly helped calm the sensations down, but they're definitely still present. I know what I'm experiencing may be trivial to some, but it's definitely caused me unimaginable depression. Yes, it's such a superficial thing to be bothered about, but when it's something regarding your face, and worst - something no medical professional has been able to help with, you cannot imagine the distress and anxiety it can cause. The prickling sensations don't help, either. I feel I'm alone and suffering from some unknown disease or something that no one can help me with. If anyone has any helpful suggestions or experiences or just anything that will help me, please do help. I'm at a breaking point. Thanks.