bai hafte / ਬਾਈ ਹਫ਼ਤੇ / twenty-two weeks

It’s been a while since I last posted! I didn’t even know what week I was on before I wrote this blogpost. In this blogpost I’m going to write a brief summary of each week that has passed since my last one. My eczema as of right now is relatively manageable and definitely better than it has been since the first four months!

Week 17 – During the weekend I went to Chicago for a school reunion! The patches on my hands went through a flare – whenever I itched ooze and  blood would come out. I started using a new oil on my hands because I couldn’t bring coconut oil with me on the airplane – S.W. Basics Three Ingredients Original Cream. I also kept my hands wrapped up for most of the week because they were really sore. My fingers didn’t go through a flare (yay!). My face oozed a bit on the sides but only at night.Read More »

giara hafte / ਗਿਆਰਾਂ ਹਫ਼ਤੇ / eleven weeks

I haven’t updated in a while but I’ve learned so much in the past two weeks!

  • Blood Test: I took a blood test and found out that I am slightly allergic to cow’s milk, sesame seeds, shrimp, and egg whites. Since finding out (during week 10) I’ve eliminated these items from my diet to the best of my ability. I see that I’m relatively less red! The results also told my that I had low Vitamin D and Iron. I’m already taking Vitamin D supplements and I started to take Iron supplements.
  • Tamanu Oil: I went to the Saturday Morning Market at the start of Week 11 and bought Tamanu Oil from a vendor. She said that it would reduce the inflammation on my hands and it definitely has! The patches on my hands are less red!
  • Epsom Salt Bath: At the beginning of week 10 I soaked my hands in epsom salt water. That was when my dyshidrotic eczema was at it’s worth. It helped a bit because my hands were also super flaky and I was able to get rid of those flakes in a less painful manner. I also felt that my hands were less itchy after the hand baths.
  • Exfoliation: After trying the hand baths, I decided to try and exfoliate my hands to get rid of my flakes. I started to realize the flakes were making my hands extremely itchy, especially while I was sleeping! It helped out a lot but the problem was with exfoliating I was in a way scratching my hands and would go overboard with it.

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aat hafte / ਅੱਠ ਹਫ਼ਤੇ / eight weeks

This week so many things have happened. I’ve started to do a ton of research the topical steroid withdrawal journey’s of others and I have officially freaked myself out. Some people don’t get the worsening symptoms until 6 months in! After getting really anxious of what might come, I have mostly stopped looking this up. It is helpful to see what products/routines have worked for others, which is my main focus now.

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pasina / ਪਸੀਨਾ / sweat

After using the new deodorant for a couple of days, I have noticed that I am sweating a lot more. I started noticing this yesterday but today it is in full blast! I read online that this is part of the detoxing phase because your sweat glands are trying to get rid of all the toxins that have been building up. As a result, I am going to smell bad for a couple of days. I think it’s definitely worth it, especially after seeing my body react to changing products. I have not seen a noticeable change in my eczema but maybe I will down the line!

khushboo / ਖੁਸ਼ਬੂ / deodorant

Over the weekend I went into a market and found a Lavender + Eucalyptus + Rosemary deodorant that is paraben, sulfate, fragrance, etc etc free! I decided to buy and and try it out. I took a look at how the deodorant I used to use (Dove Anti Perspirant Restore Blue Fig & Orange Blossom) and realized it scored the highest on the ThinkDirty app – meaning that it is extremely dirty and has many allergens/chemicals. I don’t know if deodorant can affect my eczema but I decided it was worth a try.

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