I’ve spoken to many vets who have healed and all of them share the same response: they have either reduced or stopped moisturizing at all on their healed recovered skin.
This alone says alot on the issue of moisturizing. The skin is no longer dry. TEWL is back to normality.There is no requirement of an external stimulated moisture environment that moisturizers provide.
If good skin does not need moisturizer, then why do we apply moisturizers on our bad skin and expect our skin to become good?
If we want to heal to normality, we should seek to provide the optimum local and internal environment, one that normal people live with.
Internal – diet, psychology etc.
External – not putting any stimulus. We understand this with TS. Why don’t people understand it with moisturizers?
This is all so logical and obvious. I open this to debate. I would love to be proved wrong more than right.
As this is my personal blog, my views may come off as strong. People who are suffering are in dire need of comfort and moisturizers do provide that instant gratification. I feel sorry for them, but also, I felt sorry for myself as I used to heavily moisturize in the past. I felt sorry for my ignorance, for not trying it out. My point is that: look beyond the immediate tough days of moisturizer withdrawal. The delayed gratification will be well worth it.
This is the timeframe reference from Dr Sato, reference from SkinofRose blog:
Dr.Sato recalls in his book “when I stopped applying moisturiser for children with eczema who were in the process of topical steroid withdrawal, they had a strong withdrawal reaction on the first week. This continued for the second week, but their skin appeared to start slightly drying and healing. On the third week their skin became obviously dry up which gave me a positive perspective. I was relieved. And their skin became strong so that scratching didn’t leave scars any longer.” I must add that in his book he doesn’t say moisturising is bad for your skin at all or recommends no use of it for ever. But from his experience he seems to think that it is worth doing at one point of the steroid withdrawal process.
This is exactly what I experienced as well as what others who have went thru MW experienced. Good science is one that has a strong hypothesis, good prediction of outcomes, and has plenty of empirical evidence to support. How I wished I could have read Japanese so that I could research on these Japanese data.
On another note:
I’ve held back alot on my views in public forums alike.
It is easy to be popular, well-liked by people if your character is amiable, high on agreeableness, does not question authority and conventional wisdom. It is easy to emphathize, and say the soothing and nice words that people want to hear.
People do not want to hear the harsh and direct words, get into logical reasonable scientific debate, advice that is of sound logical basis and scientifically backed.
It is way easier to be a “human” than to be a critical scientific thinker, as that takes alot of effort and training in the right disciplines. It requires a right mindset day in day out. It requires training in the fields of science, maths, philosophy, epistemology.
There are so many statements that I’ve seen that were just nothing but opinions, not backed by anything. Examples from people who have not tried moisturizer withdrawal in the right method are : “It does not work, as people have different skins and they react differently”. How confident are they in making such a generalized statement? It does sound nice to people, a very generalized statement which is non committal, and if you realise such statements have absolutely no value at all in terms of logic and scientific backing. And worse, they use this statement to PROVE that MW does not work. This is an obvious logical argumentative failure.
And this is the reason why this blog reviews so many research as well as dabbling in logical debate. Please do read my blog policy to see my point of view. This blog aims to value add to TSW sufferers in the best possible way. I don’t sugarcoat stuff. I don’t give opinions without strong references. I don’t say stuff that doesn’t make sense logically. If I do, please correct me, as this will only help improve my critical thinking and I’d appreciate you for that.
I’ve learnt to live my life differently from others. I’ve learnt to quickly accept that I COULD be wrong and if I am indeed wrong, I learn and move on. Many live their lives thinking that they are ALWAYS right and if they are proved wrong they will be pissed. I’m sure you have met many of such people and understand what I’m saying.
“An unexamined life is not worth living” – Socrates.