my face. the final chapter.

Let’s catch up. First, a refresher for those new to the team.

I have issues with my face. And by issues I mean insane flakiness and swelling that allows me to pull off a gig as Eric Stoltz’ stunt double in Mask. I’m not kidding. But I’m not sharing pics in this post. You’re welcome. (You can find them in many other posts.)

For two years, month after month, with randomish frequency, “something” was causing these eruptions.

I tried the doctors – the dermatologists, the gynecologists (as there seemed to be a “monthly” pattern), the general practitioners, the acupuncturists.

I tried the allergy tests – the food, the animals, the chemicals. No definitive allergies outside of a small reaction to dust mites and cats. Nothing new.

I tried the diets – elimination, yeast free, gluten free, sugar free, wheat free, egg free, dairy free.

I tried the lotions – the fancy dept store, the drug store, the health food store, the you can only buy this on the internet.

A few weeks ago, I had my annual exam and then an appointment with my dermatologist. Since we’ve moved to a new city, both of these doctors are new to me and my face. (Except this dermatologist. Whom I’d seen 8+ years ago when we used to live here.)

Both doctors asked if anyone had talked to me about taking out my ovaries based on a pattern seen in these flares.

Umm no and I really don’t want that to be a viable option. My dermatologist recommended a steroid cream for my face (GREAT! Been down this road before with the strong stuff and no results. NADA) as well as oral prednisone to take at a “certain time of month.” You following? Good.

Neither of us liked the idea of these steroids used month after month and she was kind enough to tell me she can’t keep me on these for the next 30 years. WTF? I’m gonna be menstruating for the next 30 years. Won’t that be like some kinda record??

So off I go with my new prescriptions and you know what…Damned if that didn’t do the trick.

Frickin’ hydrocortisone. Yeh, you know the stuff you can buy at Walgreens or Target. That. ‘Cept this is prescription strength, but yeah! 3-4 days of that on my face 1x day and blaaa-mo! I’m ready for the big leagues.  No swelling, no flakes.

Can you say: Hello gorgeous!

I can’t say I’m not a whole lot disappointed in finding an “easy” solution after TWO FRIGGIN’ years. But I’d been put on a lot stronger steroid ointments. I only took 1 of the oral steroids for some swelling, but I don’t think I’ll need to take them regularly. I’ve also added zinc and selenium (have NO idea what that is) daily.

There’s a little blotchiness after I eat some wrong foods – you know the wheat, eggs and dairy that I’m super good at inhaling. But I can hide blotchiness. Easy! I’m a pro.

What I can’t hide is being Rocky Dennis’ stunt double. Apparently I won’t have to anymore!

8 thoughts on “my face. the final chapter.

  1. I’m so glad you found something that works for you! We tried cortisone for our son and pretty much all of things you listed as well. Food allergies were the key in my son’s case.

    I have a blog that shares our family’s battles with eczema, allergies, and asthma (yes, lucky guy has that too).

    I think the key is to learn from one another, so the more information out there to the masses, the better. With this in mind I’ve started a blog hop for anyone dealing with allergies, eczema, or asthma, either for themselves or as a caregiver. If you’re interested in joining, please add a comment. I’d love to welcome you the group. http://itchylittleworld.wordpress.com/blog-hop/

    Thanks.
    Jennifer

    • Thanks Jennifer! What a great idea for a site. I’ve had eczema since I was a kid so I understand the struggle. Those therapies just weren’t working on my face. You can appreciate the chuckle, when hydrocortisone, of all things, seems to be the great solution.

      Again, your site looks great. Thanks so very much for taking this on and sharing with me!

  2. Excellent news! Happy to get the update. :) I have a blotch I’ve been P.O.ed with, and this gives me new inspiration to go on the rule-this-rule-that out journey as you just did.

  3. So I guess the juice thing didn’t help? I just found this blog: http://toxicbeautyblog.com/about/ — not sure if you are aware of that. I also have a friend who just started a natural beauty products home biz… sounds like you have been down this road before, but she mixes up stuff for people based on what’s going on (like she just whipped up a mask for her friend’s kid with acne). Want me to ask her what you should try? (And you can just tell me to shut up if you have already tried it.)

    • I’m so not gonna tell you to shut up! I’m open to ideas and will check out the blog. As for the beauty products, I feel like I’ve been up and down that road and right now am avoiding most chemicals. Since I’ve got my new “glow”, it’s just a little powder these days.

      Let me know she recommends for eczema. It’s always a challenge. Cheers!

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