What's wrong with my face?!

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Cyborg Ninja
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   Posted 5/24/2009 3:39 PM (GMT -6)   
LOL that's a funny topic title. But seriously, I took Entocort for a few months and recently went off it. I've noticed that for a month when I wash my face or put lotion on it, it burns. I've been using these products for years, however. It started with the lotion, then it happened with the soap. The face wash (soap) has salicylic acid in it and the lotion is Cetaphil. It burns mostly on my cheeks, but sometimes my forehead, eye area and chin. It's red now. I've got Crohn's, syringomyelia and Graves' disease. I went back on Pentasa a few days ago. No one in my family has rosacea (I think), though I am part Irish. Is this a symptom of steroids or what? I'm 24 years old.
Current DX: Graves' disease, Crohn's disease, gallstones, scoliosis, syringomyelia

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   Posted 5/24/2009 6:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I find that I can't use cetaphil anymore either. I use Cerevae now.

Remicade and 6MP

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   Posted 5/25/2009 9:42 AM (GMT -6)   
I get a rash on my face for a couple weeks each time I taper off steroids. I've never taken Entocort, only methylprednisolone, but it might do something like that to you too. I think that when I first come off it takes a while for my body to produce its own cortisol again. That's just my speculation. I've never had a doctor say that... But I haven't asked. My GI says that people definitely experience things like that as withdrawal.
--40 year old female, dx as UC in '04 (1st symptoms in '03), switched to Crohn's in '05, 1 fistula, crohn's colitis, limited to large intestine  --rejected (reaction/didn't work): Asacol, AZA, 6-MP, MTX, Remicade, Humira, prednisone, Tysabri
--Prochymal in Phase III study (can't wait til it's approved!)
--currently taking methylprednisolone 40mg-taper.  Started Cimzia first dose 2/10/09.  Dx Osteoporosis 10/08 started Forteo 1/27/09
--single mom to 11-yr-old girl

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