This was my first holiday trip without topical steroids as well as moisturizers.
It was my first trip that I felt confident that my skin could manage the conditions.
Weather in Bangkok was hot and a little drier than Singapore. It went up to as high as 38 degC in the day.
After the first day, small sections of my arms flared a little. I attribute this to the acclimatization to the hotter and dryer climate, as well as the less than optimal diet I had.
Had spicy tomyams, prawns, plenty of thai iced-milk tea (The only sweet thing that I can’t resist), basically all the things that is inflammatory and bad for your skin, I ate them all. Of course, there comes a price, but it was nothing like the horrid TSW flares. Just some light scratching before I go to sleep, and some open wounds that dried up so quickly (due to the aircon) the next morning.
I can safely say that instead of TSW, this could be rather by my eczematic symptoms, borne by food allergies. Since I don’t do moisturizers, TS and other supplements, it is easier for me to attribute the effects to the cause.
Also, I got plenty of sun and tan from the hot Bangkok weather, and my skin took them quite well.
It is also amazing to note how quickly my body acclimatize to the heat. On day 1/2, it was just horrible to walk in the hot sun. Day 3/4 was much easier, despite higher local temperatures were reported. Back in my Army days, new recruits follow through a conditioning and heat-acclimatization phase during their basic training. It will be interesting to understand fully what actually happens to your skin while you are undergoing this phase.
Some holiday shots: