What's this white flaky stuff on my face?

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  1. jc0481 macrumors regular

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    Don't worry this is not a gross subject. I have noticed for many years that I white flaky stuff on my face. Before I leave for work I get a rough feeling shirt and rub my face with it. I then look at my shirt and it has all this white stuff on it. But then I notice my face is silky smooth. It turns red from all the rubbing from it but it goes away after a while.

    It's pretty much all over my face and including my ears. Putting lotion on my face helps somewhat but not much. It's not noticeable if you are a few feet from me but you look really close to my face it is. I want to go to a dermatologist but I want to treat it myself before I go to the doctors.

    Does anyone else have this same problem? Oh by the way I live in a very dry state.
     
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  3. BreakGuy macrumors 6502a

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    My first thought would be accumulations of dead skin cells.
     
  4. chrono1081 macrumors 604

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    Try using exfoliator. It'll take care of the dead skin cells.
     
  5. jc0481 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I don't know much about exfoliators. What is a good one to get?
     
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    It also could be the residue of some soap/face wash. Some probably got into pores and it slowly started coming out, in your ears too. You should probably wash your face better after you put soap on it and dry it well.

    The best face moisturizer I've ever owned and will always own until they stop making it is the Jack Black Oil Control Lotion.

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    Give it a try, if you find that your face has gotten oily put the cream all over your face. I takes about 5 minutes to dry. You can try this by putting your cheek on the front side of the iPhone, do the procedure, wipe the phone clean then try it again on your face.
     
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    Probably a question for a doctor, rather than a computer forum ...
     
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    Dead skin. happens mostly around nose and forhead
     
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    If you noticed some hair as well, you may have been gorilla masked.
     
  13. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    Tiny dead swimmers on that shirt will not please God. :(

    Lubriderm® green label is good for dry skin, and no allergines.
     
  14. likemyorbs macrumors 68000

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    It's dry skin. Use lotion and stop picking at it, it just makes it worse. I have it around my nose sometimes.
     
  15. chrono1081, Feb 18, 2012
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    You could really use any of them, they all do the same thing, they just smell different. The one I use comes with Proactive but its acne medicine so I'm not sure if you'd want to use that.
     
  16. Hastings101 macrumors 68010

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    We were all thinking it anyway lol
     
  17. Shrink macrumors G3

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    Absolutely the first thing I thought of. So glad I'm not the only one.:p

    OP: might try using a loofah (not sure how great that is on the face) and some Aveeno.

    But I would check with a dermatologist first. Could be psoriasis, and there are other possibilities.
     
  18. AnimaLeo macrumors 6502

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    Damn, you beat me to it.
     
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    You should try the Complex 15 lotion. It's made specifically for the face skin, does not contain oil nor fragrance. I have used it for a while (it helped reduce my acnea) and it worked.
     
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    I use a micro scrub daily wash (Neutrogena) and cetaphil lotion.
     
  21. SpaceKitty macrumors 68040

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    I have the same problem, it's just from having dry skin. Doesn't matter what soap I use on my face, even just washing with water causes it. It's even worse after showering and itch all over especially when going to bed at night. Lotion helps with the peeling but doesn't stop the itching. Living in Colorado likely doesn't help my condition either. It's like this year round.
     
  22. UlsterApple macrumors regular

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    Does it melt when the sun comes out?
    You don't live somewhere very cold by any chance?
     

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