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 πŸ™‚

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

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you can see my thick foundation and where my rash begins

you can see my thick foundation and where my rash begins

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cracked, flared outside of leg

cracked, flared outside of leg


face red and blotchy

face red and blotchy

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5 Responses to “5 months”

  1. takezo March 22, 2013 at 10:32 pm #

    hello. have you identified the triggers for your eczema? that’s half the battle, imo.
    lanolin is found in many many products and is known to be a potential trigger, as
    well as dairy products. gambatte ne!

    • hannahwhiteley March 23, 2013 at 5:22 am #

      hi Takezo,
      thanks for the comment. I have identified my cause of eczema.
      I have had a food allergy acupuncture pressure point test and a more accurate blood prick test. I am mainly intolerant to dairy, wheat, egg and corn products. although i can have corn on occasions as it is a major substitute for wheat products. Shell fish mixes also can aggravate my skin but that is only if i have it very regularly. If you are unaware of what is causing your eczema i highly recommend a blood prick test as they have the most accurate identification, and long term eczema is mainly due to food allergies. hope this helps. feel free to shoot another comment back my way.

      • takezo March 23, 2013 at 3:02 pm #

        hi, thank you, you’re very kind. i have had the clinical blood prick test done
        in the past and they are very accurate, it seems, but it is limited by the
        range of samples they test for. i’ve found out i’m also intolerant of the oil
        lanolin that is found in many consumer products such as antibiotics, moisturizer,
        tanning oils and hair styling gels. my best allies in this battle is domeboro
        astringent solution followed by vasoline moisturizer. it stops the itching and
        pustule formation during those bad nights when it seems worst for me.
        cool or cold compress is my bottom’s friend when i’m on the piano stool
        for hours πŸ˜‰

        thanks for sharing your journey with us and i wish you and your mother the best.

      • Freda May 22, 2013 at 4:52 am #

        Blood prick test? Where do I do it..I’ve asked my doctor to do allergy test but she said tht can cost money cos I might have to do so many test

      • hannahwhiteley May 26, 2013 at 9:57 pm #

        Yes the skin blood test does cost a fair bit of money and you cant get them done at any regular doctors. If you aren’t open or cant find any alternative doctors try and notice any foods in your diet that make your symptoms worse, i.e. itchier etc. Try to do more fresh vege and fruit juices without dairy. Dairy and wheat are the two most inflammatory foods so try and avoid these along with alcohol.

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