Left arm (top-6 months, bottom 4 month) More of a pigmentation problem than anything at month 6. Something interesting that I’ve noticed: when I eat some known triggers (diary/tomatoes), my flexures itch and flare up abit (I believe this is the root definition of atopic eczema – flaring/itching up at the FLEXURES only, not on other spots). The itch goes away after a day and my body stays fine unless I purposely aggravate them with my poor diet.
Right Elbow. Elephant skin becoming softer and disappearing. Look at those spots. There are slowly disappearing in size and becoming softer.
Inside right calf. Pigmentation and elephant skin reduction. Good skin area is increasing, while bad skin area is slowly returning to original color. Skin is getting softer. Still have a small trouble spot but does not affect me at all.
Inside left calf. Happy with the difference.
Outside left calf. Have a trouble spot that is itchy at times. Otherwise, still see improvements as the area of good skin is increasing.
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Again, the pictures look worse than they really are. Non of those affect me alot unlike during my horrid TSW withdrawal period over the past 2 years.
It may sound perverse but sometimes I actually feel like inducing a flare/scratch/itch cycle because I know my skin always become better despite me scratching them away and damaging them in the short term. A form of “creative destruction”? Perhaps thats how our body works. Do read my post on Bad skin is Bad skin (my hypothesis on TSW). Bad skin need to go and the only way to do that is to scratch and damage them.
Another interesting thought is that I believe my underlying eczema is still present (and can “never?” be cured?). These are my natural allergy to certain diets and environment. When these trigger happens, they occur at the flexures – inside of elbows, behind knees, neck. Tracing back to a particular start of my TSW horrors, it started when I ate cleaner – plenty of salads, soups, juices etc. What I didn’t realise was that I was eating alot of tomatoes (and among other possible allergens), and continued eating them alot because they were healthy. My skin got worse despite a better diet, and then the cycle of topical steroid usage and TSA happened. I also remembered clearly that my flares started specifically behind my knees as well as neck and elbows. These are symptomatic of your typical eczema cases. The correct treatment then was to isolate and avoid the allergen, which I didn’t.
Anyway, here it is, month 6 skin updates. Read my following progress over the months here:
Going to Bangkok for a short trip in 2 weeks time. The first holiday in over 2 years with my skin doing so well. Am excited.