Update: Skin has been improving. Felt happy when I took a look at Nov 1 pictures and compared with my current condition. Things improve ever so slowly. The irritating part of this is that while you know you are improving, your body still itches and pisses you off in countless ways. Skin in pictures look worse than they really are, as I’ve been scratching more in the past few days.
Pictures on top taken on 1 Nov, Pictures on bottom 1 Dec (2 months in)
Outside of left calf (There is a raised red area on the top picture – when I was not flaring, it was the part where I had stretched marks due to past use of steroids. It flared up during month 1 and has soothed during month 2. I suppose through the course of TSW, your skin history catches up with you. Hopefully, these stretch marks will disappear as I recover.
Inside Right Calf (showed great improvement. pic on right looks worse than it usually is. Area of redness decreased. Sore oozing spots peeled to show pink new skin)
Inside Left Calf
Inside right elbow
Left elbow and arm.
Observations: spots where I had used dermovate during my Japan trip continued to flare, weep, ooze during the first 3-4 weeks (1 month in). Skin has slowly recovered as research suggests. Scabs continue to form and fall off, showing pink soft thin skin. Cycle repeated with scratching, oozing, drying, flaking and new skin. Skin feels rougher and leathery and tougher to be broken from scratching. Plenty of elephant skin which is visibly reducing in size over time. Redness reducing slowly overtime. No moisturizer through this 2 month period.
Need to learn taking better pictures =) Wished I had taken pictures of my worst withdrawals on my neck and calves 1 year ago. Today my neck is completely smooth with some white pigmentation spots which should go away when I get some sun.
Tip for those going withdrawals: take pictures! Hide them for a month. Revisit them when you feel down and you may be surprised at your progress!