Bottom pic latest
left calf. Pics are really bad as the lighting is not adjusted and are not consistent. These pictures don’t really serve any purpose as of this moment. Skin looks worse than it is in reality, as there are no itchiness due to sudden flares.
Outside left calf. Here, improvement can be seen, but slow. Elephant skin subsiding. No issues to quality of life. Itches during bad diet. In reality, I’m eager to scratch them off as everytime I itch and scratch and break my skin, my new skin is tougher and more resilient.
Inside right calf. Same, some bit of improvement in terms of coloration and area.
left arm. Color of skin tone slowly recovering to original. Believe that a bit of consistent sun time will revert them to normal color. No itch whatsover.
right Elbow elephant skin. Slow stagnant recover. Elephant skin is subsiding but at a very slow rate.
Am I healed or not? Based on skin pictures, I’d say my skin is nowhere near a normal person skin, but in terms of quality of life (being able to move, run, play soccer, do stuff, not complain about pain, being happy), I’m behaving as the same person pre-TSW.
I believed bulk of my TSW withdrawal was completed in about 1 year back. But there is no way I can quantify that. Am I really having TSW withdrawal or moisturizer withdrawal? Was the usage of moisturizer putting me in more uncomfortable situations due to repeated “hard-landing” processes? Well, I’m not sure, neither it is possible for me to find out.
The only big difference was when I stopped using them. Pain/discomfort dropped drastically. quality of life improved drastically.
Till then, I hope these monthly pictures give people hope, in the sense that, improvement is definitely very slow. Looking at your skin daily will not help. Heck, even looking at monthly pics don’t show any significant difference. I wished I’ve had taken pictures during my worst flares, the period where I had to wake up with crusted and bloodied pillowcases, weeping wounds. It has been amazing, to think of how I actually went thru them, in terms of the amount of pain/discomfort endured, the times when I felt lost and wanted to give up etc.
Have a happy lunar new year!