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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