Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Moisturizer withdrawal (2 weeks in)
2 weeks ago I was in a bad place. I had areas on my face that would not heal (for months). It was red, itchy, flaky, oozing, and I could not sleep. I decided to quit using moisturizers. Turns out, it was the best decision I've made so far. Within 3 days all the oozing completely stopped. The places that would not heal are healed! I am still red, itchy and flaking, but nothing like before. I'm not lying on the couch all day and I'm sleeping at night. I hope this progression continues, but you never know with tsw. The first week sucked. I looked horrible and felt worse. I had to keep splashing cold water on my face and legs to help with the dryness and pain. I was shedding like crazy. It was like stopping steroids all over again. But, it was totally worth it. to see such a big improvement in 2 weeks is a welcomed change, The challenge is in taking showers. The warm water really helps to sooth, yet it does dry out your skin. Some days I don't care and I just take a hot shower and deal with the dryness afterwards. Other days I can talk cooler showers and feel better throughout the day. Either way, it really helps just to stay busy. Don't look in the mirror. Don't itch that itch if you can help it, and just live your life. Oh yea, and keep your head up (literally). If people look at you funny, just look at them and smile, and say hello. Try not to feel bad for yourself. Feel bad for all those poor people that have to look at you. Seriously, that must suck to be them and have to look my face. I feel sorry for them.