before i wanted to write this entry,
i actually did a lot of reading about this matter..
however, i realized all those papers that i spent hours digesting didn’t matter at all, because people will choose what they want to see at the end of the day anyway.
i was skeptical at first, but after reading through those journals i do agree with what they propose, that steroid damaged skin will most probably recover faster if left to its own feedback mechanism.
if you want to read more, dr fukaya has already translated the scientific results to earthling’s language.
in short, if you stop using moisturizers and keep your skin as dry as possible during TSW, the skin barrier should (in theory) recover faster than it you were to keep it moisturized.
perhaps i was just in conflict with myself.
after all, i’ve used emollient (vaseline mainly) during my TSW and i did recover anyway (discounting the rashes that have been popping up lately).
i didn’t intend to write this entry after some serious debating with myself,
but after being to louise’s blog and having seen her photos of her during moisturizer withdrawal, i thought my face looked like that as well back then..
which made me realize: i didn’t moisturize my face during my second flare.(however, from month 20+ onwards I started to use lotion on my face because my skin was good enough to withstand it again)
it’s funny because i think i went on the moisturizer withdrawal unknowingly.
and i just realized it NOW!?
either way, i’m raising this point because i noticed my face healed up faster when compared to my body (by month 22).
however, i don’t know what’s the reason that’s contributing to that, since
1. my face used lesser steroids than my body
2. lesser parts of my face was in touch with the steroids
3. my body has been in touch with steroids for a longer period of time and more extensively.
as with the remnant rashes that i still have right now,
i’m kind of sitting on the fence about withdrawing from moisturizers.
the only reason why i didn’t moisturize my face (with either cream or vaseline) back then was because it was oozing, making it very messy if i were to smear vaseline all over my face.
moreover, i didn’t like the feeling of vaseline on my face, it makes my face feel warm.
yes it sucks to have my face dry out after my shower,
i still remember feeling like a dummy with a very tight face for 1+ year.
as for my skin, i admit i’m using the moisturizer to get rid of the rough touch of the skin, even if i don’t use it my skin won’t crack.
they just feel dry and i don’t like it.
so.. is it a coincidence..?
another question that i can’t answer.
by the way, i’m actually experimenting with not using moisturizer on my feet.
at least i have something to compare against, left vs right.
it’s too early to conclude anything, we’ll see.
speaking of which my moisturizer is running out soon..
is this a sign to stop using it for good!?
HAHAHHA hell no.
it’s just a sign for me to replace my moisturizer.
but then again, i do wish for the skin on my body to recover sooner,
even though the rashes are minor, but when they act up they can be quite a bitch.
you know what, even after my skin fully recovers,
i’ll still use a moisturizer to keep it supple and prevent premature aging.
i guess moisturizers might only be a hindrance for people who are still in the midst of TSW.
i understand some people have very divided thoughts on this issue,
at the end of the day i just listened to my body.
please listen to yours too – do what makes your body feel most comfortable with 😉