THE BIG 6 MONTHS!

26 Mar

Wow, i have actually made it.
I remember when i was only three months and dreaming about the day of reaching to six. I remember telling myself i will go out for dinner to celebrate or do something special. Well the day has come and gone and to be honest my skin has been amazing for the past few weeks i haven’t even been counting down or even excited about reaching it. So now writing this actually gets me to stop and realise what i have actually accomplished.

What i question A LOT was why my healing was so quick, whilst babies and children who have only used for a year and have extreme symptoms that go on for over a year. Was it because i saw a naturopath for 4 months to begin and was in absolute hell as she was pushing the toxins out of my body so quickly? I thought because i went back onto roids after it that everything i had gone through would have undone by re applying so much potent cream on myself every night for the next 3 – 4 months. Or is it because i went to seek help from a naturopath who has put me on strict diets and cleared all toxins from my body with heavy detoxing and blood, urine and hemaview tests. I honestly cannot say.

Someone recently asked me the strength of the roid creams i had been using. I remember as a kid for years i used advantan 0.1%, i also have Cortic DS 1% and Antroquoril 0.02%. There was one other that i used on my face and scalp but they all have crazy names that i would never pay attention to. I was so happily ignorant using my ‘magic cream’. I spent well over $60 on all these creams a good 9months ago and now i feel like burning them.

I would not say i am 100% healed. I have only really been back from Japan for a month or so and my skin was far from perfect when i was away. But ever since i have arrived home my skin has gotten better. I did have a small flare of spots on my neck, chest and arms which only lasted a couple of days (which i luckily captures on camera), but ever since then i have had a pretty cruisey time. I have definitely missed wearing what i want. I HATED waking up and worrying what i had in my cupboard that would cover my skin but not make me look too covered and would made me feel comfortable. I have been living in loose pure silk shirts in bright colours to brighten up my life. No seriously, i have THREE of the same shirt from Country Road all $150 each so yes they aren’t cheap, but they made me feel better and they looked pretty so it was worth it.

I still have dry wrists and wrinkly inner elbows that looks like old eczema and occasional very small patches on my face, neck and legs and i couldn’t care less. I have completely re-bounded from being in what felt like a black hole of ungliness and feeling sorry for myself. And it couldnt be any better timing as this is the year of all my friends and i turning 21! So yes i have already been to a couple of parties, and no i still refuse to drink alcohol till i have been completely healed or when i reach my birthday in August (around my 1year mark) – which ever comes first.

I have completely given up my bad habit of tanning beds and spray tans as i am worried of the chemicals that are inside and if they will aggravate my skin, instead i have found this amazing tan that is all natural and organic and you apply in like a moisturiser tan but instead it contains no moisturiser and builds in around 4 hours.

So yes life is sweet again. I hope no one thinks i am bragging, but rather giving them hope that soon this will be them too. You will look at life through different eyes. One small patch of eczema means nothing to me, and having normal un-tanned natural skin is a blessing. I am so very lucky, and so is everyone else too, as they will one day be healed.

I will continue to update my progress on here and on the ITSAN fb page. Please feel free to ask me any questions. XX

Small pimply flare

Small pimply flare

IMG_1815

IMG_1816

IMG_1817

IMG_1818

IMG_1819

IMG_1820

IMG_1821

MY SKIN TODAY:

IMG_1986

small minor patches of eczema

small minor patches of eczema

that is a pimple not eczema

that is a pimple not eczema

just a little dry

just a little dry

i didn't even realise i had some dry patches - quality of camera is better than real life vision

i didn’t even realise i had some dry patches – quality of camera is better than real life vision

IMG_1991

still a little dry / patchy. no itch at all

still a little dry / patchy. no itch at all

IMG_1993

wearing a jumpsuit i bought whilst on TS and have been waiting to wear it as it reveals my chest and complete upper body.

wearing a jumpsuit i bought whilst on SW and have been waiting to wear it as it reveals my chest and complete upper body.

My partner and i on his 22nd Birthday :)

My partner and i on his 22nd Birthday 🙂

Advertisements

5 months

21 Feb

As promised, I will update those on how my skin coped overseas for the first time in freezing cold weather.

Before i left i was commenting on how good my skin had been looking. Overly confident with my theory of not using moisturiser, i did not bring any on the plane with me. The two seven hour plane rides with a t-shirt on dried my skin out so much that is hurt to bend my arms. For the next two nights i started using moisturiser again to try and fix what damage i had done. Same problem arose and i was noticing my skin redder and more sore looking when i would apply the cream. So i went back to my old theory and stopped applying to see if that helped.

My arms and legs (especially legs) started getting thick circular patches of dry skin that looked cracked and was really itchy. Not too much shedding but when i rubbed my hands over it it felt very thick and scabby almost. I continued on and just let it do its thing and it did gradually get better.

My chest and neck broke out a couple of times with little red bumps and eczema patches as expected, but would go away in a few days or so. My skin was definitely not its best whilst i was away but i was distracted by the beautiful country and was determined to not let my stupid skin wreck my holiday.

As it was freezing cold and fairly windy most days i wore cream foundation (when i usually try not to at home to air out my skin and be more natural) as i thought it may protect my skin more from the harsh weather. I dont know if it did more harm than good as my face would get patchy occasionally (which is fairly normal) but i felt more confident and happy feeling like i looked my best more of the time.

Many things could of caused my outbreaks whilst away, such as constant heaters and fans blaring always whilst indoors, super hot showers every night and eating things that i am not very sure was in them (i was addicted to dried mango, which was probably high in sugar). But i did not care as i was on holidays and when it is below 1 degree no heater isn’t an option. My wonderful American friend Suzanne who is going through similar symptoms and who currently lives in Japan gave me some helpful tips when i was in skin trouble (Thank-you again!). I did notice some upsides, such as always being covered in clothes forced me to never scratch my legs and other body parts, which lead to some healing!

On my way home, my skin was still not looking too good (but was better than when i arrived), although today, five days since being home, my skin has never looked so good!! My arms are almost perfect, with very minimal rash and itch part form wrists and inner elbows, along with my legs looking so much better and even less white dry spots! My mum touched my arm and said i did not feel like a lizard which is a first in a long time.

A story about my mother is also needed as she is suffering withdrawal from anti-depressent medication and has the symptoms of a very depressed patient coming off heroine but now is not the time. Although if anyone has some good advice on how to treat withdrawal from anti-depressent medication please contact me as i would love to hear from you. She is seeing a naturopath now but she stopped cold turkey a couple of weeks ago and they say stopping so suddenly is the worst.

Anyway, since i have been in holiday mode and a little more easier on my diet, i tried dairy-free organic 70% coca chocolate for the first time in five months! oh it was soo good. and now i cant stop! I am currently unwell due to ‘that time of the month’ which leads to a great excuse to eat more chocolate! Which brings up another pro, not having any major flare whist having my period! Which i haven’t had happen yet, unless it is too early to tell (fingers crossed).

So right now i could not be happier (besides my poor sick mother), and i hope this sticks around for uni which is starting next week! Please send more good-luck my way 🙂

I will post some photos of my skin at its worst during my Japan holiday. Sorry i took a lot!

Here is to meeting the six month mark soon – half way to a year, i never ever thought i would make it this far!

Hang in there red-skinners

IMG_0336 IMG_0337 IMG_0338 IMG_0339 IMG_0341 IMG_0342 IMG_0884 IMG_0885 IMG_0886 IMG_0887 IMG_0893

you can see my thick foundation and where my rash begins

you can see my thick foundation and where my rash begins

IMG_0896 IMG_1180 IMG_1181 IMG_1182 IMG_1183 IMG_1184 IMG_1185 IMG_1187 IMG_1188 IMG_1189 IMG_1191 IMG_1192 IMG_1193 IMG_1194 IMG_1311

cracked, flared outside of leg

cracked, flared outside of leg

IMG_1315

face red and blotchy

face red and blotchy

IMG_1613 IMG_1615 IMG_1617 IMG_1618 IMG_1619 IMG_1620

4 Months (technically 3months and 3 weeks)

21 Jan

So i promised myself I would blog about my progress before i left for Japan this sunday (27th Jan). Therefore, when i return almost a month later i can then blog again about traveling and how i managed. So far i have been blessed for the last two weeks with almost perfect skin! I dont know what i have done to deserve it but i almost dont want to say it out allowed because it seems almost too good to be true/dont want to jinx it. I put my clearer skin down to the fact i have stopped moisturising. I cant be 100% sure as during the earlier weeks i could barely move my arms if i hadn’t moisturised, but after a big flare i had over new years i refused to moisturise and my skin has improved ever since!

I went to the beach again last weekend for a night and i have never experienced my skin almost perfect before getting into the water. Usually i pray to God that the sea water will heal my skin, but for the first time i wasn’t embarrassed about having spotty, patchy skin. Part from my legs, my top half has had little to no pimply bumps!!! I have never been more happy in my life. I have been able to wear t-shirts with short sleeves and low cut scoop necks without caring. For the last few months i have been living in soft silk and cotton collared three-quarter length shirts in summer to provide coverage but also not being it too hot and thick on my skin.

A day or two after i returned home from the beach i had a break-out of pimply dots on my neck/chin/cheeks that then turned into dry rashes. I captured images of the worst of my pimply spots but now it just looks like mild dry eczema. My legs are doing a lot better but aren’t as clear as my top half. They are still very itchy and dry and patchy. Also, as i have been tanning a lot i have noticed that my eczema patches do not tan due to the dryness and thickness of the skin, so i have officially caught the name by my family – Leopard Legs.

I stil wear bandages up my arms and on my hands every night as the itch hasn’t gone completely. And recently i did scratch a chunk out of my wrist without realising till morning when the sting was incredible once washing my hands. The war scratch i have also documented but the quality is bad, sorry.

I also have finally taken up skin brushing. My naturopath had told me to start it the first day i met her and i wish i listened! I found a cheap set of exfoliating gloves for $2 and they work a charm. As i dont moisturise my body, besides from my face, i realised when i woke up my skin was a little scaley with white flakes. As soon as i exfoliated the snow flakes off my skin almost looks normal! I feel as though some parts of my skin are starting to bring back its moisture naturally. Well i truly hope that is what it is doing.

Overall, I pray every night that my skin will stay this clear and only get better. But if it does get worse I at least know things are definitely moving forward. I am glad that basically the next month i will be rugged up in thick clothing whilst overseas so i wont even pay attention to my skin as i will be so distracted by the beautiful country, Japan. I will definitely document my time whilst i am their and post photos in my next blog 🙂 Fingers crossed that my skin will stay this carefree for the next month and months to come.

Happy Healing to all.

Pimple/spot break-out

Pimple/spot break-out

breakout

breakout

breakout

breakout

behind knees

behind knees

super itchy and cut up knee crease

super itchy and cut up knee crease

large scratch on wrist

large scratch on wrist

patchy eczema that doesn't tan

patchy eczema that doesn’t tan

behind knee

behind knee

wrist missing skin chunk

wrist missing skin chunk

clearer looking chest (minor pimply/bumps)

clearer looking chest (minor pimply/bumps)

3 Months

2 Jan

So i have a fair bit to update.
The week before Christmas i had scratched the inside of my elbows through my cotton gloves during my sleep so badly that it was weeping and raw. I think my body has become immune to scratching whilst asleep through my gloves, which kinda gives off a burning/carpet burn feel once i wake up in the morning – not fun! I was sick of my useless gloves so i ran out and bought a tight compression bandage for each of my elbows that sit nicely and cover from my underarm to wrist. I also wear my gloves just to be safe. I tend to wear these bandages now even when itchy during the day as a lot of it i think is looking at it and feeling itchy as routine (all in my head). So covering it up and being out of sight has made me feel better, and it feels better on the creases of my elbows where it gets hot. The rest of my skin also wasn’t looking as good as it has been. My mother even said it to me and i immediately felt upset.

So i was very excited to spend the next week over Christmas at the Sunshine Coast and in the beautiful salt water beaches. Whenever i am at the beach for a good period of time (like a week or so) my skin changes incredibly, for the better. The salt heals all my wounds, pimples, red lumps and bumps and the itching goes down a lot. So you can understand why i love going to the beach. Like normal after two or three days my skin had cleared a lot. Sometimes i think it may be a bit of camouflage (like i have said before from the sun evening my skin tone out) but i also feel a bit of sun or peel is good for my skin and to encourage fresh new skin. I was hoping my skin would stay nice and clear at least for a couple of days when i return back to Brisbane so i could make an evening out of new years night. Although as soon as i returned, the next day my skin broke out worse than ever. Big deep pimples and bumps that when you scratch the head off it would weep and become twenty times more itchy. It spread all over my shoulders, chest, arms, legs and neck even when i had thought my neck had healed as i only used steroids on it for about a few months and it was looking clear/the skin was naturally creating moisture.

So my new years night was not what i was hoping it to be. My skin had flared again ruining the chances of me wearing an outfit that i haven’t been able to wear in months. Depressed and very upset i decided to go to a friends small party at around 11pm before the countdown to be with my partner. A lot of the people there smoked and i think thats what triggered the flare to increase even more as i was probably breathed in second hand smoke for a good two hours. I went home due to excessive itching and noticed all my pimple lumps were very inflamed, raised and super itchy. I decided to shower and lather myself in apple cider vinegar which immediately dries out any weeping. I refused to use moisturiser because as soon as my skin was moist it would weep and become raised, red and itchy again.
I have refused to use moisturiser for the last three days to try and dry out all the pimples except for my face and neck.

Today i went to the Royal Woman’s Hospital for my yearly x-ray for my scoliosis. Ironically the doctor was talking to me about my eczema rather than my back. He was telling me that steroids are only a short term fix and that i should try a cream called ‘Calmurid’ which contains lactic acid and urea which he said was urine. I was just surprised that he was a doctor and wasn’t pushing me to buy steroids. I think it came down to the fact that he has eczema and knows the core facts about prescription steroid creams. So if a doctor doesn’t use them, why should anyone else? He was very helpful and told me he swore by it and buys it in bulk himself, so i am going to do a bit more research on it. Honestly, i am educated enough now to know that one cream isn’t going to cure my eczema, and that it isn’t just eczema i am dealing with but internal problems such as leaky gut and TSW. Although, finding a helpful cream definitely would not hurt. Another positive is that my mother said my face was looking better, which i think is true. My cheeks don’t look so patchy and red and haven’t weeped for a few days. So i hope its not just the effects of the beach but the start of healing. Lets pray so. Happy Birthday to my mother for tomorrow.

deep cuts during sleep through cotton gloves.

deep cuts during sleep through cotton gloves.

really raw and sore cuts

really raw and sore cuts

my skin before leaving for the beach

my skin before leaving for the beach

finally captured a good image of my leg. have been like this for months - blotchy.

finally captured a good image of my leg. have been like this for months – blotchy.

super itchy legs. always look like this.

super itchy legs. always look like this.

returned from the beach and excited about my clear skin... little did i know.

returned from the beach and excited about my clear skin… little did i know.

flaring neck

flaring neck

DSCF0040

glittering (weeping) blistering pimples that were super itchy

glittering (weeping) blistering pimples that were super itchy

big bumps forming

big bumps forming

DSCF0035

spotty neck and cheeks

spotty neck and cheeks

the creases under my bottom annoy the hell out of me!so itchy right where i sit down.

the creases under my bottom annoy the hell out of me!so itchy right where i sit down.

my itchy neck

my itchy neck

a really big pimple on my leg

a really big pimple on my leg

start of the break out of big pussy pimples.

start of the break out of big pustule pimples.

super dry skin due to not moisturising (drying out weeping pimples)
super dry skin due to not moisturising (drying out weeping pimples)

 

2 Months 3 Weeks

16 Dec

The usual routine of the pimply pustule rash has died down nicely. Although, i wouldn’t be surprised that this isn’t the last time i see him. I still get random small little pustules over my chest and arms but not as spotty and noticeable as the past flare. This week’s skin has been good, and when i say good i mean not perfect/healed but better than most weeks. My face still weeps slightly once putting moisturiser on but hasn’t been as bad as last week.

I went out to dinner with my partner and his parents last night and it is always hard to eat out in front of them as they support me but because english is their second language i think they dont completely understand what i am doing. Food is such a big deal to asian cultures and i remember telling my mother in law (she isn’t really, but we shall call her that to make it easier) when i stopped my strict diet i was on after the homeopathic treatment, she was jumping for joy as she didn’t really believe in it and thought i’d lost too much weight. Last night i ate things that are my ‘naughty foods’ (yes, i am 12 at heart) such as salami, bacon and a sugar fruit drink that had lemonade in it which i thought was 100% real fruit. So, in the next couple of days lets hope my skin stays as it is now.

What is making me excited is as of next weekend i will be at the Sunshine Coast laying on the beach and bathing myself in sea water for hours on end. Every time i go to the beach my skin clears within a week or two, so as soon as i’m there, everyday i will make a routine to at least have a small dip in the salt water (what a hard task to stick to, i know). My mum says i need to live at the beach which seems like a good idea for my skin, although my life at the moment is still in Brisbane, so that is a hard task. It is also sad knowing that within a few days after being home my skin returns to its normal itchy blotches. Dont get me wrong, the sun may do a bit of camouflaging with the redness when my skin soaks up the sun, but the itch definitely dulls down along with the overall intensity. And this has been the case all my life. I remember having eczema on my wrists and arms when i was younger and going to the beach for a couple of weeks over Christmas and the beach would just wash away all existence of it. How i wish i had that skin which i thought was sooo bad back then, now look at me.

As my top half has been improving, so has my bottom but only slightly. The backs of my knees have been itchier than ever. I barely used steroid cream on that area after I was about in grade seven roughly. Now I can’t even bend my legs because after a couple of seconds of it getting hot in the creases it makes me itch straight away. The overall flare and redness is looking flatter and duller which is good but i still am scratching it till it bleeds regularly.

I also noticed a large lump on my armpit that must be an infected hair follicle or something but i took a photo of it as boils, lumps and bumps have been a reoccurring topic of this week’s ITSAN Facebook page. Without that page I would be completely lost. What i went through during my homeopathic treatment was the worse time of my life and with others that have similar problems, going through the same thing, my journey of becoming completely healed has become just that much easier 🙂

I am travelling to Japan late in January and i have never been overseas before so it is a pretty big deal for myself. My partner and i are going at the coldest time of their year – February, so any of my American and European ITSAN friends that have any tips for how to keep my skin in okay condition whilst in freezing cold climates please let me know. Like i said i have never been overseas and the coldest it really gets in Australia is like 16 so this is going to be a completely new experience for me. I am worried about being too warm in my clothes and sweating or is that not possible in that kind of temperature and also the craving for hot showers which make things worse. Anyway, if my skin stays like this whilst i am gone i will be happy because the last thing i want to think about when im enjoying my travels is my itchy red skin!

Merry Christmas all

cracked and very itchy knee

cracked and very itchy knee

DSCF0400 DSCF0399 DSCF0398

weird infected hair follicle/ pimple/ boil

weird infected hair follicle/ pimple/ boil

DSCF0394 DSCF0392

slightly weeping cheek

slightly weeping cheek

only few pimples compared to last week

only few pimples compared to last week

weird infected hair follicle/pimple/ boil

weird infected hair follicle/pimple/ boil

The Beginning

12 Dec

I realised for me to really notice any significant change in my skins progress I would need to maintain a diary. Before I explain my current state I would like to go through my past and the journey I have gone through this year of trying to rid my skin of eczema and heal my body from steroid addiction and withdrawal.

The nightmare began early January 2012. A new girl started at my job at the time (Gloria Jeans coffee shop) and as we were discussing the delicious cakes in the pastry cabinet she told me she was a celiac. Like anyone else I was curious and asked why and she said it was because she gets bad eczema. “Really! I have eczema too.” I said, happy to know someone with the same ‘problem’. I told her that i don’t have any strict eating habits as I just use steroid creams to maintain it. I remember her telling me how bad the creams were and that i shouldn’t use them. i was shocked and said “i do notice that my eczema is getting worse and is spreading to parts of my body that i never used to get eczema before.” She told me that she had tried a lot of different things to help with her skin as hers was covering most of her body including her face. She told me that she eventually was given a number to a homeopath and after two weeks of taking non-steroid internal medicine her skin was significantly better. Wow! i thought, two weeks is fine, i can do that. So i took the number of the homeopath and made an appointment that coming week.

I remember my first appointment well. I came with my mother as i wasn’t sure on the directions. She sat us down and asked me many personal questions about my life and my mothers background and my skin condition. She told me six months and my skin would be rid of eczema forever. Six months! I thought that was sooo long, but a life with no eczema after it sounded better. I remember her telling me to stop drinking all alcohol, eating anything with wheat, diary, egg or meat in it and that i could not wear any make-up. No alcohol sounded challenging as I just turned ninteen, but no make-up. For some reason i started crying as the thought of myself in public with no make-up scared the hell out of me.

Weeks in and I was no longer using any branded shower wash, face wash or shampoo/conditioner. The homeopath told me I must use the products she supplies which was a natural cake of soap as she knew the ingredients in it. I was not allowed to use toothpaste but baking soder and my moisturizer was coconut oil. At the time i took everything she said as i was hoping if i did everything right my skin would clear, but more and more each day it was getting worse and worse. She told me that her style of treatment forces the skin to get worse before it gets better. I accepted this and prayed for a the end to be soon.

Two months in or so and i was exhausted. My skin was worse than ever in my whole life. I could barely sleep at night due to the intense itching and my body was so swollen, hot, red, flakey and dry. The eczema has covered at least 90% or my body which it has never done before and the intenseness was unbearable. I remember hiding in the shower as long as i could as it felt good and physiologically i would tell myself it felt as though i was washing the bad skin away. Although when i got out i was reunited with the itchy, red hot skin that caused me to have hot and cold fevers at night. I would lather myself in coconut oil that felt so hot and greasy that it just sat on the top of my skin and felt gross and clampy in the creases of my swollen skin. I hated lying in bed as i felt dirty and greasy lathered in the oil that i tried not to move whilst sleeping. As i wasn’t allowed to use normal shampoo, my hair felt so greasy and dirty and my mother on numerous occasions stated that it smelt even though i would wash it every night.

Even though everyday i felt miserable, my social life was non-existent, my love life with my partner had gone down hill because i had such low confidence, i continued to drive the 30min car ride to her house every second or third day hoping that she had come up with a cure for my skin. There were numerous times i would break down and cry to her about my life and how i felt and i appreciated her patience to take the time to talk to me. Not only that, she would insist that i update her on my skin and emotional state everyday via text message. I thought this level of customer service was excellent because it showed me that she genuinely cared. In some cases i felt as though she was being my emotional rock, but in others, i was also feeling a lot of pressure from her to change certain behaviours and led me to believe that if i didn’t my skin would not heal. Changes including, managing stress (when i was depressed from the treatment), not working as much (when i was a student and part time worker and needing as much money as i could get), going on holidays more (very hard when you dont have money as a student) and finally she insisted that my mother wasn’t happy with her life and that she was pushing all her emotional baggage onto me and my life – stating that i must leave home. I tried to do as much of these things as possible, but leaving my mother and my home whilst i was in such as state was ridiculous.

4 long months in and my partners parents had noticed a big change in myself. My partners uncle has psoriasis and told me he saw a doctor that healed his skin after having three lots of light treatments a week. Light treatment, i had never heard of that before. This new option poured doubt into my mind and temptation through my veins. Maybe the homeopath isn’t for me? Maybe i could do both options at once? Once telling my homeopath she was outraged but could see i was unsure about what i wanted to do. I asked her a question that i knew would be a deal breaker if i had gotten the wrong answer. I had asked her four months into the treatment and feeling worse than ever, covered in eczema from head to toe, if i was still going to be healed by the end of month six. She replied, “no, you may have another twelve months to go on top of what youve done – you are about 20% of the way.” I was heart broken. I had spent hundreds if not thousands of dollars and all my time and effort. I did not know what to do with myself so i thought may as well go and see my partners uncle’s doctor and see what he had to say.

Steroid cream, and more of it. I was even more disheartened when he did not recommend the light treatment that i thought i would be getting but i could not stand going back to the homeopath and go through another twelve months of hell. By now i wish i hadn’t ever met that girl at my work and continued to live a life of ignorance.

Upset with myself for failing but missing my old life of partying and drinking every weekend i smothered myself with the steroid cream that has known me for at least ten years prior. That weekend i went out drinking with my friends and to dinner with my partners family, giving up everything i had worked hard for and my diet. I remember being so happy eating deep fried ice-cream and not having a care in the world when i would go out drinking with my friends until the next day when my skin would come back with a vengeance.

I was on and off steroids for around another four months. After the fun of partying, drinking and eating whatever i wanted wore off i looked for other means on my own that may help my skin. By now i was applying steroids everyday on areas that i never had to before i started the homeopathic treatment, such as my neck, chest and shoulders. These areas have never been a problem before and now they were sore, red and very itchy within a day of not applying. Moogoo was my first option. I had heard good things about it before and gave it a go. After a few weeks my skin hadn’t changed so i knew i had to keep looking. I did a lot of research on the internet and talking to health food store workers who actually lead me in the direction of a acupuncture pressure point food intolerance test. This is where i found out i was intollerent to dairy, wheat, egg and corn products. So my diet started again. I tried using Avene products which were very expensive and did work for a short period of time. I actually thought for around a month that it was healing my skin but after one day of almost having clear skin it came back worse than ever. I was taking millions of vitamins and probiotics and even teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil and hemp seed oil to help with the dryness but not much really helped. i remember a few weeks where my face and eyes swelled up, which has never happened before. And my neck was so thick with dead skin that i couldn’t move it. It was horrible and out of options and new creams to try i searched the Internet for answers.

Hitting rock bottom and completely disheartened, i called the closest and best looking naturopath clinic to see what their healing method would be. After a free 15 min appointment with the head naturopath she told me that my homeopath was pushing my eczema out too fast, causing me all that discomfort. She stated that they have a schedule they usually put new eczema suffers on including a detox and weekly acupuncture sessions. She stated “we like to make our eczema suffers skin better not worse,” so i booked the next available appointment and started the detox.

The detox usually goes for a week, but due to my case i was on the detox tablets for three weeks. They were also ridding my body of heavy metals as they noticed in my urine tests that my body was heavily polluted. They asked for me to take a blood test to check my food intolerance’s, and i gladly agreed as i had heard my previous acupuncture pressure point test may not always be accurate. I came back positive to all the usual, wheat, dairy, egg, corn and gladly didn’t have to give up meat.

After three months of the detox and weekly acupuncture my skin was as usual, but that was expected during a detox as all the rubbish in my system was cleaning itself out. The second phase of the detox was putting the healthy bacteria and good stuff back into my body. This is where i saw a big difference where some days my skin was almost clear. I remember wearing a sleevless shirt to work not caring about the small imperfections of dry skin patches as my skin was looking better than ever!

Finally, today. I have completed the whole 2month detox and the final stage of adding more good stuff back into my body. I dont take as much medicine as i used to but still taking iron drink, Metagenics detox boost drink and some natural chinese herbs that my naturopath has made to heal my skin, along with my normal everyday vitamins.

Now that I have gotten my story out of the way, each week i would like to explain my skins progress in greater detail. This will allow me to look back and see any significant changes.

This week i have noticed my skin has broken out in a different way than usual. My last period i flared as i usually have bad cramps and hormonal swings. But this flare doesn’t look like an eczema flare. More of a spread of spotty, red pustule pimples, that when you scratch them they weep. They have covered my chest and shoulders and have now traveled down my arms and up my neck. I have had these before so i am not too worried, just gets me down a little as my skin was doing better than normal a few days ago.

My face has started flaking a lot more too. I have a patch of eczema on my left cheek and down the side of my left temple. Lately, this has been flaking off in big pieces and even above my eyelids, lip and chin. I have noticed when i have a shower and after i apply apple cider vinegar which dries my skin, i apply Natures Organics sorbolene and add drops of camomile and chinese herbs that my naturopath had made up for me, my cheek and temple weep through it. I have never really had a big problem with oozing or weeping skin with my eczema but in the light of the mirror my face sparkles from all the speckles of weep on my face.

Using steroids on my legs wasn’t an everyday occurrence, but now my legs, knees, backs of knees, thighs, bottom and lower back are patchy with dry bits of eczema. My upper back has always been a continuation from my chest, shoulders, arms and neck so that area has always been covered in eczema since seeing my homeopath.

Everyday when i wake up i critique my skin in the mirror. My skin is always its best at this time of the day, but this morning i could still see all the little pimply dots on my chest and neck so i know not much has changed. I noticed that even when i am happy with my skin that i am actually really not 100% satisifed as there is always a patch that is noticible or not completely clear and smooth. So on the bad days you could imagine how down i can get sometimes. I think for me to take away this week is to accept my skin at whatever stage and actually notice when it is a little better and to be happy with it and dont put it down by saying it is not completely perfect because i know that that will be longer than anticipated but will come one day.

Here are some images of this weeks pimply pustule flare:

Image

The big red dot was an infected deep pimple.

Image

ImageImageImageImageImage

Yep, that is my bottom, but i wanted to try and capture all the new little patches of eczema all over my body where i haven’t had them before.

Image

If you want to talk further please leave a comment or you can email me at:

whiteley_hannah@hotmail.com