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August 25, 2017

Firewolf...where is your tattoo?
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August 29, 2017

I have absolutely no idea what any of you are talking about but picking scabs in NEVER the correct course of action. A scab is the bodies way of protecting a site where repair is needed. Having said that, a dry scab can be slow in healing and can leave scars. The problem is the cells needed for complete scar free healing cannot penetrate the scar to get to the surface. It has been medically proven that a damp scar bed and coverings promote faster healing with reduced scarring. The best way to treat a scab is NOT to pick it off but to apply BIO OIL to it twice a da and keep it covered by a dressing. The body will do the rest.
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August 29, 2017

MITZ...Your response regarding healing....we get. Your lack of understanding as to what we are actually talking about is what we hear all the time, still doesnt give an answer to the what and why. Bio oil isn't helpful. For those without cores or plugs, and regular healing process.....maybe it's helpful.
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September 01, 2017

This posting has been going on for years! I am amazed at all of the diagnoses. I do agree that picking makes them worse but getting that core out is vital to healing. Or s it? I have had for about 5 years and at the beginning of the nightmare, the plugs were long like maggots. I went to a Derm and he said it was pruritus. He took a biopsy and it came back as nonspecific lesion. The typical steroid cream prescription did nothing. These bumps would spread, too. Trying to figure this out, I wondered if I picked something up being around sandy beaches. I even went so far to send plugs to parasite lab. Came back as skin tissue. I tried ACV, antifungals, benadrl cream, rosacia ointment and oregano oil. The oregano oil dabbed with a qtip definitely made those plugs easier to remove. During this time I have also dealt with hashimotos and a cytokine storm, low b12 and high calcium. I went thru ozone treatments for lyme. Skin condition still remained. Look up "b12 deficiency skin" as some photos resemble this. I took a bottle of Paraguard from Amazon and saw major improvement. No new spots but boy did they surface while taking it. Almost leaving chicken pox scars. The scars on a few left raised borders and they have flared again because I picked. I even thought it might be Leischmans. I am taking methylated b12 with adeno b12 and 5mthr along with magnesium, vit c, oreganol and garlic. I seriously called a well known medium and asked her and she said 1. It was how my body was processing vitamin a and 2. a hormone issue with my thyroid. Moisturing my skin has helped so much, too! Gold Bond with peptides or something like that. I was also told to leave them alone and they will go away. I went on a tropical vacation during the winter and my skin cleared up. I love to tan. I may have gone a bit crazy not being able to pick because I didn't bring my 10x magnifying mirror and tweezers, i honestly don't know what these are but wanted to share my story of improvement. I am also follow Anthony William, Medical Medium. He states all skin issues start in the liver. So I even took a few pills for that...Gaia Liver Cleanse. I like that he recommends reputable products. That's when my old scars started to come alive again. These toxins come out thru the skin so I am looking at this as a good sign. The plugs are very tiny now, tho. Btw, these are all on my face. He also states that Lyme is really Epstein Barr virus. After everything I've been thru he makes more sense than the multitude of doctors I have seen! Stay positive and go get some sunshine! And get a Genova ION blood/urine panel done to really see what's going on in your body!! Good luck!
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September 10, 2017

Hi Frannie77, thank you for your post! I'm in the same situation... No answer yet. Please update if you find something. Do you think that could be viral, some sort of warts or papillomas type? Or micobacterium marinum...
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September 22, 2017

Hi, I don't know what these damn white head looking things are, but I've been getting them for the few years now and I have to say it is a nightmare! I have scarred myself on my arms and legs. I've gone to different doctors and they think that I just have a bad habit of picking. The only way to get rid of these things is to pull out the white ball and make sure to get it all out or else it will not heal. It will just keep scabbing over. Wait for a few days till the scab is nice and thick, then pull the scab off and you should see the white ball. Make sure to get it out and if there is anymore in that area get those too. If you don't get the root of the white ball, it will come back. Wipe the blood and put some sulfur and benzoyl peroxide on it.
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September 30, 2017

If I get a scab there's white dots under there, especially if it's gooey. Sometimes I can pull them out with tweezers or squeeze them out. It hurts a lot even if I don't touch it and just leave the scab. They happen on every part of my body and are very painful. No one knows what I'm talking about. I've left scarring getting them out. They are white and hard. If nothing was there I wouldn't pick at it. I was told I have dermatillomania and I'm on OCD meds. It's not helping. I'm in major pain from my face right now. It's embarrassing and depressing. It's awful.
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September 30, 2017

I have not met a dermatologist who has any idea what I'm talking about. I've created a lot of scarring. They told me it Dermatillomania from PTSD and not to touch it. I touch it so bad I am in major major pain.
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September 30, 2017

I have had them all over my face, legs, ankles, back, chest, arms, ass and now I can't get them to heal, I picked off all scabs last night and pulled out or squeezed out white things. Bandaids make it worse. I'm in pain. I'm covered in them.
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October 14, 2017

Through research and comments I figured out pretty much what it is I have scratches on my arm from my cat and I was cleaning a dresser that had mold on it . From picking my arm and spread to other areas it itches because it is a fungus those white spikes need moisture to survive I took the scab off and sprayed it with hydrogen peroxide basically drenched It 2 or 3 times a day it stung like hell after two days and one from the size of a quarter down to the size of a dime definitely seems to be working for me
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October 14, 2017

Now that I'm pretty much at the idea and how to get rid of it I would like to compare notes on how we got it in the beginning email me at Bobbybaf 6925 @ gmail.com definitely not too appealing to the opposite sex
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October 16, 2017

Nars......Did you ever find a doctor to diagnose or help you with this problem? I've been dealing with this for 2 years as of this month! After empting my bank account (while no health insurance)....finally getting insurance....and finally able to afford to see a Neurologist, I have finally found a doctor (the Neurologist) who is determined to get to the bottom of this and guessing is not a option!!!! He is performing test on me rather than playing the guessing game. I will say that after reading almost this entire thread, the information provided by "pthesmith" sounds so accurate! I have googled the Myasis and it is described to be the ONLY thing that has all the EXACT symptoms as well as EXACT appearance and the lumps it describes (which I can feel more if I press into my bottom lip/chin area with my tongue from the inside of mouth...and feels almost like a swollen nerve or blood vessel). My entire bottom lip is has a swollen (band like) area just below it, it hurts, itches deep down into the jaw bone almost and all the way to just below & behind the ear lobe, but itches inside ear at times too. Vision started getting blurry rarely, but occasionally as well! It gets warm as though there if fever in it. Anyway, the doctor has done full line of blood work....all to return with good results except my potassium level is extremely high, which was same results I got from my regular doctor 6 mos. ago. I've now had the MRI done, with results showing a spot on brain, (my mind went blank when he was describing the location after hearing spot on brain) but he did say which is in a location that would affect the lower region of face and nerves in that area. Then had a spinal tap done to help diagnose the spot found on brain. I will go back on this Thursday, Oct 19th to get the results for that! If he does tell me it is determined to be a infection........I am going to strongly request being tested for this Myasis. I am really just curious if anyone in the US has been diagnosed with Myasis. That is the ONLY thing that would rule me out! I am a US citizen and have not traveled anywhere that would be considered a high risk area!!! Thanks for listening. I cant believe I found other who experience this problem. People think you are crazy, on drugs, etc. when you explain something is in there.....you know something is crawling in your face. My husband has accused me of drugs for the past year and a half.....I hope to soon prove his ass wrong! ***PS: I am new to site & cant find a way to reply to the comments but I want to tell pthesmith how thankful I am to have come across the information they provided....because when googling these symptoms, nothing in connection to Myasis is delivered!
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October 16, 2017

What is your treatment?
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July 29, 2018

You aren’t crazy. Those spikes/rods/balks do need to be removed in order for the wound to heal. It’s not a gland or follicle, it’s a colony of a yeast/fungi called Malassezia. Hold up. Put down the bleach. Malassezia is supposed to be on your skin. Much like the microbes in your digestive tract, we also have micro organisms on our skin surface. But some of those guys are freaking out, you have to figure out why. The two main things freaking out my Malassezia is the Palm tree family and soap scum. Malassezia is lipophylic. Loves oil. That’s why it targets corners of the nose, ear canals, scalp, chest. It often dies on the way to the lab if not fed some kind of oil. Hence all the false negatives. Soap scum has enough oil in it to feed the rogue colonies. I wash myself with a baking soda solution (no-poo), but skip the vinegar rinse. Clothes are cleaned in borax, washing soda, and baking soda. Dryer sheets are rolled up old socks soaked in 50/50 vinegar and water. In this instance the vinegar helps with static and ph balance to extend clothing life. It evaporates in 12-24 hours. A note about the no-poo cure, it’s going to seem to get worse before it gets better. Non-malignant sites look like regular skin. My worst was a little dry itchy spot under my left eye, it got huge red flakey and gross before finally resolving. But now there is no more itch to ignore! Isolating the allergens was the part that took the longest. And you have to ignore ‘them’ when they say you can’t be allergic to something. I was eating things I shouldn’t have been for years before trial and error showed otherwise. Reading the breakouts. Ventriloquist dummy ‘lines’ under the corners of your mouth, either hyper pigmentation or oozing sores; your eating an allergen. Chicken skin on the back of your arms, shoulder and booty break outs; allergens in your clothes. Other observations over the last 25 years: Adult ‘onset’ is often triggered by antibiotics. The reaction becomes more intense with age. Avoid idle scratching, damaged skin is more susceptible to infection and Malassezia can live in your nail bed infecting every site you scratch. Baking soda water under the nails helps, my thumb nail is finally the same length as the rest of my nails! Avoid pickers, they just want to mutilate you. (And a special fuck off to anyone jealous of this condition. Go tell your friend with cancer you’re jealous of their time off for chemo.) Some patches of skin are more allergic than others. The oldest site on my body, a large persistent black head I’ve had since age 5, turned into a big, red, itchy, pressure filled bump with the thick hard ‘plaque’ on top and horrible cracking noise when popped around 28. That site was particularly sensitive to coconut. It fully healed 5 years ago. No more blackhead, just a small scar that looks like I had a lip piercing once. I’ve had to backtrack from coconut to the palm family to get the rest of my body to follow suit. Don’t be OCD, if it doesn’t let go the first time, wait and try again tomorrow. Cleaning the infection only does so much. If you don’t find the underlying aggravation, it will just flare up again. The hole is your hair follicle. The white material is from your sebaceous gland, the Malassezia uses it as a home and camouflage. (Also why labs have a hard time seeing it) The bleeding is from where the hair root attaches to its corresponding capillary. The Malassezia travels down the hair shaft and severs the hair’s connection to the capillary and takes its place. There is hope. We aren’t doomed to be itchy, bleeding, and embarrassed. And to the commenter that compared it to your skin making its own Bioré pore strips, you are awesome! That’s my go to descriptor, too.
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August 29, 2018

For years I have had this. Years of it getting worse. So is my autoimmune diseases. I know we all seek and answer for this freaking annoying problem. I hope this helps you find an answer. I had my first one at age 11. It was there for almost two years because I didn’t know how to get rid of it when I was that young. My face cleared and I really didn’t have any for another 20 years. Or at least not regularly. Over the last 5 years they started traveling down from my face to my arms. All I know is that if I don’t extract the core, cyst, tubule,etc the sore will NOT heal. As soon as I pull the core out, it heals. If they have multiple cores within no matter how small it will NOT heal. As soon as they are out it heals over night. In my experience it has something to do with dehydration and the healing process. I believe the wound site can not heal without adequate water to hydrate the cell to finish out its job of healing. So the wound gets stuck in its remodeling phase (possibly keratin/collagen stage) then your skin starts to attack itself because the wound starts to see it as a foreign body and the process exists until that pseudo foreign invader is wiped out. I have viewed these under microscope, there is nothing that is alive. It looks like a clear tubule to cloudy white and as it fills in the later stages it tends to turn into a roundish white cyst. Filling so much that you can sometimes end up with a larger crater/dilates pore. If you have never had on or more of these please don’t lecture. Doctors can be idiots. Don’t assume they know all, as a matter of fact they are intimidated by the fact people have more knowledge in their hands. They may never care to figure this out because they can’t understand what it does to us psychologically. Initially it could have been acne to start. But it’s not acne that remains. It’s your dysfunctional immune system. Try this out, it’s free. Just think about all the money you’ve wasted on acne soaps, brushes, make up, tweezers, surgical needles, etc. For one week drink a full 20 ounces of water before bed. Night matters, because your skin and cells throughout your body heal it’self while you sleep. Then increase your water consumption throughout the day and replace 75% of you drinks with water. Almost immediately you should feel the oil return to your skin when you wake up. Use a rotary face brush it’ll stimulate collagen in your skin and that’s it!!!! The moment I started taking my blood pressure pills that had a diuretic I had another breakout of horrible inflammation. So I started drinking more water and they started to heal. I do believe I have some sort of salt issue. But we are all different.
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August 29, 2018

For years I have had this. Years of it getting worse. So is my autoimmune diseases. I know we all seek and answer for this freaking annoying problem. I hope this helps you find an answer. I had my first one at age 11. It was there for almost two years because I didn’t know how to get rid of it when I was that young. My face cleared and I really didn’t have any for another 20 years. Or at least not regularly. Over the last 5 years they started traveling down from my face to my arms. All I know is that if I don’t extract the core, cyst, tubule,etc the sore will NOT heal. As soon as I pull the core out, it heals. If they have multiple cores within no matter how small it will NOT heal. As soon as they are out it heals over night. In my experience it has something to do with dehydration and the healing process. I believe the wound site can not heal without adequate water to hydrate the cell to finish out its job of healing. So the wound gets stuck in its remodeling phase (possibly keratin/collagen stage) then your skin starts to attack itself because the wound starts to see it as a foreign body and the process exists until that pseudo foreign invader is wiped out. I have viewed these under microscope, there is nothing that is alive. It looks like a clear tubule to cloudy white and as it fills in the later stages it tends to turn into a roundish white cyst. Filling so much that you can sometimes end up with a larger crater/dilates pore. If you have never had on or more of these please don’t lecture. Doctors can be idiots. Don’t assume they know all, as a matter of fact they are intimidated by the fact people have more knowledge in their hands. They may never care to figure this out because they can’t understand what it does to us psychologically. Initially it could have been acne to start. But it’s not acne that remains. It’s your dysfunctional immune system. Try this out, it’s free. Just think about all the money you’ve wasted on acne soaps, brushes, make up, tweezers, surgical needles, etc. For one week drink a full 20 ounces of water before bed. Night matters, because your skin and cells throughout your body heal it’self while you sleep. Then increase your water consumption throughout the day and replace 75% of you drinks with water. Almost immediately you should feel the oil return to your skin when you wake up. Use a rotary face brush it’ll stimulate collagen in your skin and that’s it!!!! The moment I started taking my blood pressure pills that had a diuretic I had another breakout of horrible inflammation. So I started drinking more water and they started to heal. I do believe I have some sort of salt issue. But we are all different.
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August 29, 2018

Eyesonfire04..... would you mind to copy and paste this post and do an introduction with a separate title including what you think the cause of yours is. I relate to you in my own suspicions....i have questions because this seems to be not in the realm of many on this thread. I would appreciate not to have to converse in this one. Welcome, and thanks for your post!!
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October 14, 2018

I have the same thing! I pick the scab off and there will be several little white things and sometimes they squeeze out easily and sometimes i have to pick them out with tweezers. Also, Ive noticed, that it wint heal until i get every single one of them out! Sometimes there may just be one in the middle but most of the time there are several of them and my acne sore will be there and wont go away until i get them all out! Its annoying as heck! Any suggestions on what these are and why my acne sores wont heal until they are all gone??
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October 15, 2018

How does it present before you pick, and how long does it take for the lesion to heal totally....in general?
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October 23, 2018

As people who fundamentally scab-pickers we don't fuck with band-aides usually. But I was dealing with this same exact shit, put a hydrogen peroxide on the open wound, then a band-aide, and, after two days, it's healing actually. I changed the band-aide today and re-dosed it hydrogen peroxide. I would implore everyone to try that before jumping to any of the more severe diagnosis, simply for piece of mind.
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October 26, 2018

Ok I’ve been suffering with this crap almost 20 years and just now finding out what it is!! Have any of y’all checked your skin I mean like with a smal cheap microscope? If not do it!! Buy a cheap hand held microscope they are under $20 and tell me what you find!!! I was in denial for years and finally started looking into my skin condition more. I have what I call plugs under these pimple type bumps that will not go away until all the “plug” is out. I’ve found out recently this is a fungus. If you get the small microscope with at least a 600 zoom you’ll find “fibers” this disease is called morgellons. Like it or not if you have fibers seen with a microscope that’s what you have!!! This is not a recognized disease by the CDC but is a fungus and most people have lymes disease with this. Don’t believe me? Research it like i have. I’m so sick of this problem and doctors thinking I’m crazy. Not all of us sufferers are. But it does test your sanity. And it’s easier said than done I know but try try try not to pick them. It just spreads to other areas of your body. Go to Walmart the dollar store anywhere That sells fungal cream. Apply it to these areas and don’t pick them. See your doctor and tell them you suspect a fungus. Lord don’t mention morgellons they will think your nuts only because most don’t take the time with us to learn about the disease. I hope this helps someone who is suffering this vicious disease. You can email me directly if you’d like. Leesamosborne@hotmail.com
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November 05, 2018

Update: zinc oxide helps accelerate the healing process and gets the plugs to let go.
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February 08, 2019

I have this issue on my chin and it causes ISSUES I cant help but fuck with it, but after going to school for cosmetology I found out it may be milia (dead skin cells that harden) google it guys I may be wrong tho, opinions?
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February 09, 2019

Queenk I have the same problem on my chin. UGH. It's the absolute WORST. Because for me I pop them. And then the next day they're back. So much stuff comes out if I leave them alone for a week or two and then I push. It's so satisfying. But then the next day they're back. The area right there constantly gets clogged pores so idk if anyone knows of any solutions to keeping these bumps OFF MY DANG CHIN but if you have any at all pleeeaaasssee share. God I'm so tired of the scabs on my chin from pushing multiple times a week for those annoying bumps to go away.
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May 24, 2019

Sounds like you are digging out what they call milia. Unlike a pustule, a milium is not an acne pimple but rather a tiny cyst. The little white lump that makes up a milium is very hard. It's made of a plug of keratinized (hardened) dead skin cells that have become trapped just below the surface of the skin. Try as you might, squeezing at milia will get you nowhere. That little bump is simply too hard, almost like a grain of sand. Because milia form under a thin layer of skin and not in the pore (like acne blemishes do) there is no opening in the skin by which the plug could escape anyway. The little spiky things under your scabs sound like Dermodex, microscopic mites that live in hair glands and follicles. When you pull the scab off, you are pulling them out as well.
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July 30, 2019

It's not a disease or a virus. It's not a sickness of any kind. It's the flesh in/around the hair follicles. You keep tearing it out, just for it to re-heal, sometimes it heals better or worse. Anyway, a good example is this. Many folk have hair follicles that when you squeeze them, sebum will come out. If you injure the hair bump/follicle when squeezing, you may notice the hair follicle part remaining somewhat in tact, but still messed up enough that you can tell it can be removed. If you pick at it a there's that hole that is left once you pick out the spikey tag, that hole left is where the hair would grow from. I guess you can look at the spiky things as like a scar tissue skin tag. If you pick them, they will eventually heal and come back. Maybe they will be smaller, maybe larger. Sometimes the sizes change depending on how much you pick. It may heal nice and small one time. Then you pick it anyway, and it heals again but with a larger spike. But you may pick it again and it heals small again. Anyway, I'm not supporting the behavior. But if you want to see for yourself, just scrap a follicle that looks kind of raised as if it may have sebum in it. Arms and under the boob and the sides of boobs are food areas. Inner thighs as well. Basically, anywhere where there's a lot of heat and moisture. You may also see these bumps look a little more noticeable after showering. It's like the heat and moisture helped bring the sebum to the surface of the skin more.
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August 09, 2019

I believe I figured out what they are, and why they keep coming back. I truly believe they are the sebaceous gland(s) connected to the hair follicle. They keep coming back because the are supposed to be there.
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September 14, 2019

All I know is that I've been batteling legions on my body and one I e particular on my face for over a month now that won't go away...ive tried everything ... And what seems to work the best is rubbing the hell out of it with pure tea tree oil and then alternating between triple antibiotic ointment...vaseline...and coconut oil....

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