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Nizoral cream left district mark on my skin


Many years ago I was diagnosed with eczema by a dermatologist after biopsy. However I feel my skin problems never really fitted neatly into a single diagnosis. Every doctor seems to have a different opinion and visually and symptom wise I seem to crossover between numerous different skin conditions but never fit nearly into one.

When I saw a skin doctor they believed I had Seborrheic dermatitis on my face and suggested I try Nizoral anti fungal cream. I wasn’t convinced but in the meantime I was put on itraconazole for something completely different. It seemed my face flare ups and very severe inflammation was reduced although this may have been a coincidence. However it got me thinking maybe I should try the anti fungal cream after all. The severe flare ups haven’t been happening lately however my skin currently looks like mild sunburn permanently for past few months even though I have not been outside. My skin is normally very white so it kind of makes me look healthier than I actually am. My skin is also very dry but that is normal for me.

Anyway I thought I should start by patch testing the Nizoral Cream incase it burnt or inflamed my skin more, however after an hour I looked in the mirror and there is a subtle but distinct mark on my face exactly the shape and location where I applied the cream. This mark still remains there numerous days later and has not faded or changed at all. There is a distinct line marking the edge of where the patch of cream was but the skin doesn’t really look any redder then normal. Just a perfect ring mark matching exactly the shape and location of the cream.

Has anyone experienced similar or have any info, suggestions or potential reasons for the cream to cause this mark? I have obviously stopped using the cream and unfortunately I can’t get an appointment with my doctor for a long time but it would be nice to know what is going on regarding both the mark from the cream and the ongoing redness of my face.

Any help would be much appreciated - Thanks!

  1. Ugh, that's really terrible to hear Nizoral cream left a mark... on your face of all places, too 🙁 Thank goodness you didn't use more of it. I hope anyone who has experience using this cream will comment. Thanks for coming here to share your experiences. Scarring, discoloration and skin marks are struggles that many people here can relate to. You're definitely not alone in this. -Sarah ( Team Member)

    1. Hi bc22 , really sorry to hear you are having problems with Nizoral cream. Doesn't sound very nice. I know it can be a bit of a drag when getting opinions that differ all the time from the professionals. Unfortunately, this is the only option we have in managing our eczema to a more manageable place. I would keep banging on doors, getting all the professional help you can. You might stumble on the answer you are looking for. Thanks for sharing and I wish you all the very best. Let us know what you find out. Pete (Atopic - Site Moderator)

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