There is nothing like a flaky, Perioral Dermatitis breakout to test your will power right? I remember being 20 something getting ready to go out putting on my foundation and setting powder and then looking in the mirror at my bumpy scaly skin and then getting so emotional about how awful it looked. Then I would try to pick away the flaky skin giving me temporary smoother looking skin to get me through the night. This is probably the worst thing you can do for your PD breakout, you are opening old wounds so to speak and can cause a massive flare up.
The reason your skin is scabbing over is because it is trying to heal itself. When you have that sitting on top of a PD breakout leave it alone! Don’t expose the liquid puss again, I have woken and prolonged my PD breakouts doing this. Of course I was completely naive at the time and didn’t realise I was doing this to my own detriment. I’ll let you into a secret! I was so bad at scratching my PD in my sleep that I would sometimes wake up in the morning to a bloody face or pillow. I was so good during the day not to touch my face, but as soon as I hit the land of nod I would rip my face off in my sleep, literally. I even cut off all my nails in the hope to stop the nightly clawing. Then I had an idea, I started to wear cotton gloves to bed and it turned out to be a complete game changer. Of course I still attempted to scratch my skin in my sleep but it didn’t have the same effect. Oh and I used to add moisturiser to my hands before bed to give my hands a much needed pamper. What extremes have you gone to stop yourself from scratching your skin?