10 Women Talk Skin Issues That Just Won't Quit

by Catherine Conelly
Mar 21, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. ET
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My relationship with my skin is complicated. One minute, we're snuggling on the couch, and the next, we're in a full-blown fight. It's waging war on my T-zone, adding blemishes with abandon or throwing a tantrum because of a new serum. Yet, no matter what, I have to take care of it. We're in this together. After all, as the largest organ in the human body, my skin sort of protects every other body part I have. 

But it's not easy to love. It's dry. It's oily. It's bright. It's dull. It's clear. It's red. It's awake. It's aboard the 10 a.m. train to Dark, Puffy Circleville. Like I said, it's complicated. Luckily, there's a lovely support group out there that goes by the name of All Other Women, and its members are willing to vent about what their skin tries to pull and how they deal. 

This post was sponsored by Dove DermaSeries.

1 /10: Dry Lips for Life

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1/10 :Dry Lips for Life

“I have never been able to get my lips to not flake, no matter how much water I drink, how much lip balm I use or don't use, or how much I exfoliate or don't exfoliate — basically any treatment that's been suggested to me.” —Kitty D.



2 /10: Psoriasis All Over

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2/10 :Psoriasis All Over

"I have psoriasis, which results in red, flaky patches all over the surface of my skin. It can be extremely itchy and uncomfortable to live with on a day-to-day basis. I have tried everything from cortisone creams and biological drugs to hot yoga, cupping, acupuncture and plenty of other things. 

"Today I apply a more holistic approach and believe healing will come from working with my skin both below and above the surface. So that means applying lotion, like the Dove DermaSeries body lotion, and eating foods that nourish me from the inside." —Reena Ruparelia

3 /10: Flaky Forehead

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3/10 :Flaky Forehead

“It's always snowing from my forehead. If I miss one night or morning of my moisturizing routine, my skin will start flaking and little bits of white, dry skin appear.” —Meg W. 


4 /10: Moisturizer Backlash

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4/10 :Moisturizer Backlash

“I can't seem to find an affordable moisturizer that doesn't give me these little bitty whiteheads within an hour of applying.” —Kristin R. 


5 /10: Severe Eczema

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5/10 :Severe Eczema

"I have tried everything you could possibly think of to completely rid myself of eczema. Since my condition is chronic, I have developed a regimen to help. I use the Dove DermaSeries body wash every day because it's incredibly gentle and nourishing. I do not towel-dry. Instead, I use some sort of natural oil to absorb the remaining water on my skin. I then use the Dove DermaSeries Eczema Relief body lotion and finally the Dove DermaSeries repairing balm on my hands, inner folds of my arms and neck as this is where my severe eczema is present."  —Mercedes Matz

6 /10: Unwanted Hair

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6/10 :Unwanted Hair

"I"m frustrated by hairs on my chin. I pull them with tweezers and then have annoying acne that develops a week later.” —Christina M.


7 /10: When Acne Gets Cystic

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7/10 :When Acne Gets Cystic

“One day I can have someone complimenting me on my 'flawless' skin, and the next day I can feel the cysts forming. It's totally random, and I can't predict when it'll happen.” —Kierstin G.


8 /10: Picking Problems

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8/10 :Picking Problems

 “I've had the same scabbed spot on my scalp for months now because I just can't stop picking at it when I'm not thinking." —Jeanne S.

9 /10: Adult Acne Woes

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9/10 :Adult Acne Woes

"No one prepares you for all the crazy hormone changes that happen at different stages of your life. I’m 34 and have been battling acne for the last five years.” —Mandy D.

10 /10: Cancerous Oversight

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10/10 :Cancerous Oversight

"I had a recurring flaky, dry spot on my nose that I was covering with makeup and trying to ignore. It turned out to be a precancerous lesion. I learned my lesson: Don’t ignore things!" —Carol S.