This month I made a pretty great discovery. I started using jojoba oil and it has really alleviated a good portion of the cracks on my hands and wrists. My brother also got me some products from Living Libations: BeDew Dab and Best Skin Ever™ – Frankincense. Pretty bold claim but it seems to be helping quite a bit on my face. I also emailed the company and they recommended I stop using almond oil and witch hazel so I have omitted those from the beeswax balm I usually use and replaced them with just jojoba oil.
Another big thing I am about to try is the keto diet. My girlfriend and I have been researching all the potential health benefits from it and we have decided that it’s worth trying to see if it helps with my skin since it’s supposed to be an anti-inflammatory diet. I also have a history of diabetes in my family as well as dementia so those are also possibly remedied by the keto diet. Since beginning TSW I have noticed a difference in how strong my skin is related to how clean I am keeping my diet. It seems that the more vegetables and meat I eat, the less my symptoms bother me. When I have a lot of sugar I notice I am much itchier and the days following I have a lot more dead, flaking skin. I’m sure I’ve mentioned that several times over the course of the last 2 years but it bears repeating.
I’ve also taken up jumping rope since it’s reportedly good for the lymphatic system as well as a great form of cardio. I also have scrawny chicken legs so I’m hoping I get some sext calves out of the deal too.
Not much change from last month. Still struggling to keep my hands and face intact, there’s also some pretty intense itching that happens around my ankles and feet from time to time. The skin on my hands looks like it’s thickening up and my face only has couple spots that are still oozing but I’m still dealing with pretty much full body redness. It’s a very slow process that makes me doubt whether or not this will ever go away since the progress I have made is somewhat minimal, physically. Mentally I feel a lot more clear headed than I can ever remember feeling. Part of that might be from cleaning my diet up, but I suspect a large portion of it is because I’m not rubbing stress hormone on my body twice a day.
It’s weird because when I talk to people about what I’m going through, they have been very understanding and think my diagnosis is the correct one. The only people I have gotten negative feedback from are dermatologists and doctors. They seem to think that this is all in my head and that I just have really bad eczema, despite the fact that I incorrectly used TCS for a very long time and have had over 25 different symptoms related to overuse of TCS and adrenal insufficiency that began shortly after cessation of use. I know that prescription topical steroids are a billion dollar industry but I had more faith in medical officials to do right by their patients than what I have received. I’m not sure if it’s ignorance or greed or a combination of the two but it’s been a real eye opening experience to the dangers of what seemed like benign pharmaceuticals.