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Old 03-13-2011, 08:17 PM
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For about a year now I've been noticing my skin is really flaky and rough feeling on my chest. I figured it was dry skin at first so I just used a lot of moisturizer and lotion, but that didn't help. Then I read somewhere that it might be similar to dandruff and that salicylic acid would help. I tried using some Clearasil cleansing pads (salicylic acid is the active ingredient) but that didn't do anything either. The flaking got a little bit worse over time and now it's at the point where it looks like I'm peeling glue off my skin (anyone else remember doing that as a kid in school? ) It's also started doing the same thing near my bikini line within the past 4 months or so. I actually have to peel the skin flakes off, it doesn't just brush off.

I've tried looking up different conditions like eczema and psoriasis, but they seem to include red and itchy patches, and the affected areas aren't red or itchy at all. I saw one photo of plaque psoriasis that looked a little bit similar, but there was a lot of redness around the patch of skin in the photo and there is no redness with mine.

I plan on seeing a doctor about it when I get back home from college, but that won't be until May. It's becoming an issue because I'm too self conscious about it to date or wear a swim suit or any sort of clothing that would show the flaky/peely skin.

Anyone have any ideas on what it could be or ways to deal with it until I can get to the docs?
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Old 03-13-2011, 08:36 PM
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Sounds similar to something my son was diagnosed with called "ichthyosis". Although he is flaky from head to toe depending on what type of climate he is living in. It translates "fish scales". Do you live in a dry climate? This may bring it on or make it worse.
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Old 03-13-2011, 09:27 PM
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Weather doesn't seem to have an effect on it. It's progressively gotten worse, but it doesn't seem to spread by contact. I looked up ichthyosis and the description doesn't seem to really fit, but thanks for the suggestion!

The patches I've got are about the size of my hand (there's two patches on my chest and they're pretty much symmetrical, near the arm pit on each side).

I've switched laundry detergent hoping that may be the cause (even though there's no irritation unless I pick at it) but that didn't improve the situation either. As far as I know it's nothing genetic, but I've only got limited information on that.
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