Before I talk about my new discovery, I want to talk about positivity. This is an extremely difficult process to go through but the thing that is getting me through it is my optimism. At this moment I have cotton gloves on my hands and I can barely move my fingers. I feel so useless because I can barely pick something up in fear that I will rub my hand eczema on it and cause weeping. However, because I am hopeful and look at the positive side of my eczema in terms of how it is improving, I don’t feel down and hopeless. Months from now (maybe years) I hope to be eczema free. The crazy thing is my parents are the ones who are worried and sad for me, but I keep telling them and myself that I am healing.
It’s been a rough couple of days since my last blogpost. My fingers have developed blisters to the point that I can’t curl my fingers into a fist anymore. The sight is ghastly. I am now wearing cotton gloves on my hands to (1) not look at how bad my hands are and (2) to keep the moisture locked in.
I can’t believe it’s been a month since I stopped using topical steroids! I’m so excited with the progress I have made and am proud of the resilience I have to keep this going.
Sorry for the late post! “3.5 weeks” would be a more fitting title for this blog post.
Three and and half weeks without using topical steroids and I think it’s going okay! At the beginning of this week my skin was doing great but recently there has been a couple of setbacks. However, I’m still confident that this is the right choice!
My eczema today:
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!
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.
It’s been two weeks since I stopped using topical steroids and started using all natural products!
Here’s an image of my eczema for reference when reading my blog post (pulled the drawing off a clipart site). I got this idea off another eczema blogger. The darker red spots are where my eczema is the worst and the lighter spots are where my eczema is visible but not bothersome:
Welcome to Our Saphar! For a bit of context, saphar means journey. I decided to name my blog this to share my journey with eczema to make it our journey. This is my first blogpost and I’m excited to start the journey of being eczema free with my friends who stumble upon this page. The purpose of this blog is to follow my experiences with being topical steroid free and to see the cessation of my eczema.