Archive | January, 2013

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

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glittering (weeping) blistering pimples that were super itchy

glittering (weeping) blistering pimples that were super itchy

big bumps forming

big bumps forming

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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)