Hello - I am dealing with a problem of redness/flushing/itchy/warm skin on my face. It started approximately 2 months ago. Info:
I was a regular beach goer, snorkeler, etc; had a nice tan going, and never had a problem like this prior. Out of nowhere, I noticed discomfort when I woke up one day. My face was warm, red, and itchy. Also, the skin feels unusual where it is irritated. Almost "rough" but not really.
I assumed it was related to the sun exposure and my bad habit of not reapplying lotion at the beach. I thought little of it and went to the beach again a couple days later. However, this time I could barely stand to be in the sun. I spent probably 30mins outdoors and my face was on fire. It almost looked like I had blisters on some parts of my face.
Freaked out, I avoided the sun like the plague for the days (then weeks, months...) that followed. I was already a regular user of moisturizing products (Neutrogena, fragrance free, w/ spf) and generally take good care of my skin. Unfortunately, my condition did not improve.
Thinking it was an allergic reaction of some sort now, I did the following: I stopped all supplements. I took everything out of my diet at one point or another and only ate very plain, grain & lactose free food (been cheating recently since nothing helped). I stopped using any scented anything (soap, shampoo, deodorant, shaving cream) and switched to hypoallergenic everything. I wash my pillow cases and all clothing in hypoallergenic soap (I tend to sleep on that side).
My very helpful and wonderful girlfriend though maybe I had a skin infection and got me some organic anti-bacterial oil but it did not help. She also got me to stop using my Neutrogena and try Jojoba oil which did not help but is quite nice and soothing.
Early this morning I was woken up by it flaring up again (warm, red, and itchy) and all day its been bad. I have not been out in the sun. The condition does worsen slightly and very temporarily (like 20mins) with exercise but I believe only b/c of natural flushness from activity. I am 31, nobody in my family has had this problem and I have no other skin conditions that I am aware of.
Picture (If its hard to tell its red at all, just look at the color of my neck):
Help please, and thanks in advance