17 sept 2013
skin seems to be doing well.
certain areas on my neck itches a little bit in the morning for like 1 minute and that’s it.
hives are less common now!!!
skin isn’t as dry too.
i can assure myself that the cycle has ended.
one less cycle towards complete healing!
26 sept 2013
3 days ago my skin started turning drier again.
i attribute that to PMS.
you know what, i’m just gonna blame everything on PMS. hahaha!
anyway my skin is soft, moisturized and smooth today again.
there were hives on my legs though, as usual.
the back of my thigh is rough.
i remember i used to have rashes there, i figured this is just the skin healing.
i tried to exfoliate the skin there during my shower by scrubbing gentle with a towel.
i’ll see if that helps it move on faster.
other than that.. my neck still itches once in a while these days.
no biggie. doesn’t seem too obvious to the naked eye, so it’s fine.
i don’t know if it’s just me,
i get water retention so much more easily these days (after TSW).
is it because my body has aged -> lower metabolic rate,
or did the steroids raise my metabolic rate last time??
3 oct 2013
itchy thigh is itchy.
just the thigh though. skin is rough.
looks like my original eczema actually!
I get hives easily on my thighs if I irritate my skin by scratching it.
fair enough!! I’m not wearing shorts anyway, it can take its own sweet time to heal up.
5 oct 2013
just want to report that everything is calm and looks pretty much constant to me.
current rough spots includes
2. back of shoulder
4. back of thigh
5. above my knees
6. back of my feet
rough meaning they are a little darker and drier than other parts of the skin. something is going on, clearly.
6 october 2013
took some photos today. 🙂
photos of my skin in the 30th month.
left inner elbow. it seems to be back to how it used to be 3 months ago, the smoothest it has ever been in the past month. no signs of red or itchy skin for now! the lines aren’t as deep set as it used to be, but it’s still far from the normal skin folds i see on normal people’s arms.
right elbow. some shiny skin.
my neck was a little red today because i have been in the kitchen all morning and have perspired a great deal. skin is soft though, thanks to the moisture from the sweat. 😉 not itchy.
my left thigh. hahaha i know it can look like my elbow if i didn’t mention it’s my leg. the little patch of scaly skin is finally smoothing out after so long. compared to 3 months ago.. (see below)
thigh at month 27.
i also took some other photos a few days ago, just to show you the little pigmentation spots i’ve been getting. they look like freckles now..
these have faded a great deal as compared to when i first got them.
i can’t find any photos of my hand when i first got these spots, they used to be really small and black.
over time they grow i little in size and lighten.
i still can’t pin point why i have all these spots, even on areas that wasn’t in touch with steroids.
i don’t remember applying steroids here.
neither did i scratch this part of my shoulder that much when my skin was bad.
they just look like cute little freckles now.
looking back (before TSW), i don’t usually wear sleeveless tops so it’s unlikely that it’s caused by excessive UV exposure.
hahaha in case you’re wondering, i took the photos myself.
no idea how my hand contorted to get that shot.
i have them on my left shoulder too!
do i have them on my face?
yes. thankfully they’re much smaller in comparison.
makes me the best candidate to test out my whitening products. hahaha!
anyway, i’ve been off TCM for a little more than a month by now.
ceteris paribus, i don’t think it has much of an impact on my skin.
my skin didn’t get worse or better.
as far as pigmentation goes, i know they do go away over time.
10 oct 2013
itchy thigh is no longer as itchy.
not as rough too, in fact it’s been pretty damn smooth!
my skin feels and looks good.
is it because of my hormones?
this entry is so photo filled. you wouldn’t mind me adding just one more photo right?
i seldom take close up shots because my camera isn’t thaaaaaaat HD.
took this with the iphone and it’s good enough!
some of you asked me if i have visible pores on my face after my skin healed.
yes i do, but unless you’re scrutinizing my face at point-blank distance (btw my reflex would have shoved your face away if you were that near), you can hardly notice them.
at first i was paranoid because i never noticed any pores on my skin before i started TSW, maybe because my skin was so dried up back then they were unnoticeable (dry skin tends to be matte -> matte surfaces do not reflect light as efficiently -> blurs pores in the process. this is what some high-tech make up does, redirect the way light reflects off your skin to blur your insecurities.).
my face is so glowing right now, it reflects light in all directions and made the pores more visible than before.
if you think you have huge pores, pleassssseeee give yourself a break.
chances are people will only see you from a distance, hence they’ll only see the image on the left.
only we see the image on the right when we’re facing the magic mirror.
hahahahah i’m going to give you the response my mother gave me when i told her i have dark spots on my face.
“does your mirror come with magnifying function?”.
she’s too adorable. 🙂
aside from all the documentation,
i’m going to talk a little bit about my journey thus far.
it’s been 30 months, and each month has been increasingly easy and fast for me.
holy crap it’s already october!?
october last year was horrible, i was desperate to recover in time for school but things don’t look rosy.
school started in january and.. time just flew by at the speed of light since then.
my take away message for this month is this:
once the worst is over, everything just speeds up and you hardly notice time anymore.
it may be a good or bad thing, depending on how you see it.
the good being you’re no longer suffering, because i realize that we only feel time when we’re suffering or in pain.
the bad being.. time slips through my hands so easily these days.
if you’re still in the “incredibly gentle downward slope” stage, keep walking.
if you’re in the “just as incredibly gentle upward slope” stage, also keep walking.
hahahahhahaha I’M NOT ADVERTISING FOR JOHNNIE WALKER.
i just want to remind you all that things do move along, it’s just a matter of time.
god bless and stay strong skin warriors,
we’re stronger than what we think we are. 😉