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,ย 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










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


still a little dry / patchy. no itch at all

still a little dry / patchy. no itch at all


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 ๐Ÿ™‚


15 Responses to “THE BIG 6 MONTHS!”

  1. kelly March 26, 2013 at 8:39 pm #

    Hannah, just wonderful! You are amazing and the jump suit is rather nice too!

    Good to see you out and living life with your other half x

  2. elizabeths2012 April 16, 2013 at 12:07 am #

    How long did you use topical steroids for?

  3. elizabeths2012 April 16, 2013 at 12:08 am #

    I’m just curious to know how long you used topical steroids for? And also do you eat really healthy?

    • hannahwhiteley April 21, 2013 at 1:14 am #

      Hi i used Steroids for over 10 years. I used fairly average strength creams. and yes, throughout my journey i try and eat as healthy as i can. specially no wheat, dairy, egg and minimal corn and shell fish foods. I would eat loads of vegetables and brown rice over white. also i stopped drinking alcohol for 7months and drank plenty of water with all my medication/vitamins. hope that helps

      • jo July 2, 2013 at 8:33 pm #

        Thank you for sharing your story. I am on day 6… feeling like a monsters because my face is so red and swollen. I am glad to read that you adjusted diet. I thought the same: drinking tons of water, green tea, veggies and simple foods. I am feeling so miserable today though. It is inspiring to read you story and see pictures. You look gorgeous! Congratulations.

  4. sugarcrusted April 16, 2013 at 12:42 pm #

    looking good! glad you made it through ;P

    – juliana

  5. Yun May 1, 2013 at 12:43 pm #

    I just read your whole journey and I am relieved to see that you’ve improved a lot! I have suffered the same things you have all my life and know how utterly devastating it can be in its worst. I attend university in the city, and my lifestyle inevitably involves alcohol. I use steroid creams on my face and neck daily, due to the sheer fear of being seen with a scaly, inflammated face – but at the same time am taking probiotics, and am eating mostly organic vegetarian food. My skin for the most part has been good – I usually get mild patches around the mouth and neck, but I realize today – after drinking last night and suffering horribly the consequences of it, that I should quit. If you have any tips and suggestions let me know! Thank You and good luck!

    • hannahwhiteley May 1, 2013 at 9:54 pm #

      As silly as it may sound to some, stopping alcohol was a massive thing for me too. It was what brought me closer to my friends on the weekends as majority of them all worked full-time on weekdays and wanted to chill out the weekends. So basically putting my head down into my books for a good six months is what really pulled me through it. I got used to just downloading movies and tv series and treating myself to that on the weekends instead. Basically reminding myself THIS IS ONLY TEMPORARY is what pulled me through. When my skin was on a good day and i felt confident enough i would go out to parties where others would be drinking and smoking i would basically stand around with a drink bottle full of water. But the positive that others didnt have was the ability to drive home. So just try and look at the positives, i know it is very hard. Also my partner helped me alot. He would be with me on the weekends keeping me company. if you are single, dont see that as a negative, invite a friend over for a movie marathon or just go out to dinner for a night and dont worry about what you look like. I have started having a few glasses of wine every couple of weekends so i will write up a new post for that soon. and one day you will be in this position too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Freda May 22, 2013 at 4:40 am #

    Hi.. Wow love yr picture wth d make up on. U look nice!
    I’m freda.. I live in malaysia. I’ve contact dermatitis. It’s on my face and once in a while I ll hv it on d neck. It has been 2 yrs already. N I’ve tried so many things.. Of course everytime I went to d doc they’ll give steroid cream to apply. This has no ending . But I dinding apply the cream everyday for d last 2 yrs.. It is only when d itchness & redness is unbearable I had no choice but to apply it.
    I also tried other ways.. I’m on natural supplement. It’s called shaklee. It is supposed to detox n at d same time boost our immune system. And also I’m taking lots of fish oil, vit a and e for skin. It has been nearly 6 mths I’m on d supplement but sad to say I don’t much results..
    I m lost of ways.. Wht else could I do??

    • hannahwhiteley May 26, 2013 at 9:51 pm #

      I would suggest a skin prick test or seeing a naturopath. Your body has to remove all the toxins within so thats why it takes a long time. I am a strong believer in eating healthy, no alcohol and only fruit, veg, nuts and grains to help boost your body during this tough time. Stay strong. It is a long journey but it sounds like you’re well on your way to better health ๐Ÿ™‚ p.s. my partner is Malaysian Chinese, it is a beautiful place.

  7. Tracy May 26, 2013 at 4:35 pm #

    Thank you for your blog – I am 3.5 months into TSW and I am at my worst right now. It is hard to think of being normal someday, but your blog and pictures give me hope! Thank you!

    • hannahwhiteley May 26, 2013 at 9:53 pm #

      ๐Ÿ™‚ You can do it. I will write a new blog entry about when you see through the other end and how to start bringing in new foods / alcohol back into your life. It sounds like you have a little while to go before that but keep believing – good things come to those that wait.

  8. Andrew June 27, 2013 at 2:29 pm #

    What month are you on now? How is recovery going?

  9. Jaclyn July 4, 2013 at 5:24 pm #

    Hi hannah–your skin looks radiant! I’m coming up to my 2nd month of being steroid free (after using roids on my shins for 4 years) and have also cleaned up my diet drastically. Brown rice, steamed organic veggies and plainly cooked beans, miso soup and tons of H2O to flush toxins. I’ve been having a tough time the last week as my body is going through a new type of flare and I know it’s the process of cleansing but it sucks! Your blog reminds me that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and to keep pushing through. Please post the follow up to post healing I’d love to see where you are now and what you’ve learned since.

  10. EvilGenius August 10, 2013 at 8:43 pm #

    Looking great, happy for you.

    How are you doing? It has been a few months since this postโ€ฆ

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