I have no idea what is wrong with me

Every year at this time my face starts to freak out. The cold weather and wind cause my skin to get super dry, and I’m sure while many people have this problem I feel like it comes at me much worse. Because I have eczema and/or psoriasis (no doctor/dermatologist/random person I beg for answers has been able to tell me which it is) it’s really bad in this weather and over the past few years has begun to show itself on my face.

In previous years I have tried every product, home remedy and magic trick to try to get rid of this horrible rash-like thing on my face but it’s hard to find anything that works. I’ve found a few things that help and I thought I’d share because all jokes aside, having this freaky rash-thing on your face is not only embarrassing, it’s painful (I have troubled skin elsewhere on my body, but this is the most painful and obviously embarrassing).

Obviously, flaking the dry skin or scratching doesn’t help with anything. So don’t do that. And once you’re able to figure out how not to do that, tell me what to do.

Last year I was super desperate by April. Usually this flares up in December/January and keeps going, even after the cold weather is gone, until I figure out some magic potion to get rid of it. On the recommendation of a friend I read the book Wheat Belly. Let me start off by saying, I do not think I have a wheat allergy. I believe there are people who do have wheat allergies and they have been diagnosed as Celiacs. I have friends who are Celiacs. It sucks and they think people who don’t have wheat allergies are insane for cutting it out of their diet. But I was desperate, so for about two months I cut it out of my diet. And it sucked.

I’ve never detoxed off of drugs but I’m pretty sure detoxing off of wheat is a version of that kind of hell. I persevered and noticed over time my face and body eczema/psoriasis got better. Then it went away. And it was lovely.

I started adding wheat back to my diet and it didn’t come back. Using my highly educated in medicine brain I deduced that the wheat was not causing this face thing, but maybe contributed. I don’t know, there were probably other factors at play.

So now since my face is being an asshole again (not as bad as before, knock on wood) I’m cutting back on wheat again, but not completely. And I’m drinking a lot of water, as I usually do. I’ve also discovered a few other tricks, such as aspirin. I had read that crushing up aspirin, mixing it with water and putting it on your face was good for pimples and other skin ailments, so I thought I’d give it a shot. And it helps. So much. It not only helps with the pain (because this shit is painful, I cannot exercise because sweat aggravates it and makes it worse because it’s essentially open wounds on my face… I really make myself sound attractive, eh?… crying also causes pain around my eyes. Not that I’m sobbing myself to sleep but even my eyes watering because of the cold or putting in my contact lenses hurts because of the solution). So I put aspirin on my face every other day and it helps with redness and pain. It also helps heal faster.

I’ve tried three and a half million moisturizing different products. No lie. Oil of Olay Regenerist line is what’s working for me right now. Though it can change without warning, a product will be awesome (I was loving Philosophy’s Keep the Peace last year, my face now hates it) and then all the sudden cause my skin to get worse. Natural oils and even Vaseline are my go-to’s that never fail. I was using almond oil bought from Choices until recently (I ran out and haven’t had time to buy more), but recently read that most natural oils will help, so the other day I reached for the extra virgin olive oil and it has proved to be very moisturizing and soothing. I also smell Italian, so its been nice to get back to my roots.

A word about the Vaseline though, do not get that shit in your eyes. I repeat: Do. Not. Get. That. Shit. In. Your. Eyes. Especially if you apply before bed. You will wake up with eyes so swollen you’ll think that Chris Brown beat you in your sleep.

I’m sure this post is probably not of interest to most people, but I wanted to share because I’ve had my moments of desperately trolling the internet for some… ANY… reprieve or cure from this. It’s 25% for vanity reasons, because make up only aggravates and flakes off, but the other 75% is the pain and hopelessness it brings. There were plenty of tears of frustration spilled over the years, which as I mentioned before, only worsens the problem.

So if you’re dealing with similar problems, I hope this helps and please leave your best tips and tricks in the comments.

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7 thoughts on “I have no idea what is wrong with me

  1. Omg, I SO can relay to this problem. About 6 years ago I suddenly got big red dry spots, not on my face but on the upper part of the body. It really looked like psoriasis or something. I tried everything and it just got worse. Then I actually took a really greasy lotion that my mom gave me, it’s called Helosan (dunno if it’s a Swedish or Finnish brand but anyway), greasy, antiseptic crème. And it really helped, but I litterally had to SOAK myself in that lotion! The spots disappeared and never came back. Also it happened in the winter. I think that because my skin was so dry those rashes came as a reaction to that.

    • Thanks for sharing! Luckily it hasn’t been too bad this year but I’ll definitely keep this in mind (and probably start looking for it now) in case it gets bad again.

    • That’s what I thought, but I was tested for so many different allergens and the doctors and dermatologists can’t find anything that could be causing it.

  2. Great post, and I’m so happy to read that I’m not alone in my face eczema issues. Although I hate that you deal with them, too! I’m in the middle of a HORRIBLE face flare and nothing is making it better. In fact, all the typical eczema drugs were making it worse so I stopped those months ago and still have had no relief. I have never heard of the aspirin trick before, I will definitely try that! Thanks for the tips!

    • Sorry to hear about your face flare up (and from quickly browsing your blog you’re getting married soon too?!? I’ll keep my fingers crossed everything goes away before then). I’ve used doctor prescribed creams and they work to clear it up for a bit, but then I find it comes back worse than before. They also warn you using a steroid cream (which most of them are) on your face for too long is really bad for you, so you can’t depend on them too much. Good luck!

      • Yep, getting married in March! That is part of the reason I feel so upset about my face. I feel like I look like a monster every day and definitely can’t wear a drop of makeup. I’m praying for a miracle so I don’t look like this on my wedding day 😦

        I agree, steroid creams are not the answer! Two of my docs now think it is rosacea I have that formed as a result of using steroid creams on the face. GREAT! Those steroids are dirty little bugs. I wish doctors would tell you the harmful things steroid creams can do to you when they prescribe them. Instead, my docs always just say “no, you’ll be fine to use this the rest of your life!” Sigh…

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