I'd just done my clay mask and walked out into the kitchen and there on the counter was a box addressed to me with Japanese writing all over it!! I was so excited I ripped it open then and there and literally ran back to the bathroom and applied my first lot of the ointment and repair lotion.
Ive been moisturiser free for so long now it was such an invigorating feeling to feel my skin all soft and supple. I tottered off to my part time job with much delight. The ointment actually kept my face feeling fairly soft most of the day.
Now I do want to point out that I do feel SLIGHTLY more itchy after application and it does make my skin feel slightly more vulnerable at the mercy of my stubby fingernails. But I think over these last few months it has strengthened up enough to be ok. Probably if I was any worse than where I was now I would not have ordered it.
I do have just under 2 months left before I hit my 6 month mark and need to got back to work on a more full time basis. So this gives me time to really try out the ointment and repair lotion and if it all goes pear shaped I still have a little time left up my sleeve to do stop using moisturiser and go NOMO again.
I have in my mind that because I mainly used Elidel on my face and thats probably what has caused the most damage, that using the ointment on my face only will hopefully help... thats what I'm going to tell myself anyway. I'm not going to use it anywhere else as the rest of me is still happy moisturiser free and thats how I want it to be, not dependant on moisturising top to toe for the rest of my life.
So far I haven't seen much in the way of improvements, but hey wouldn't that be a miracle if we discovered something that works as fast as steroids that isn't actually bad for you!! I have definitely learnt to be more patient with my skin throughout this ordeal.
My first face shots a couple days after using the Clofibrate Ointment once or twice a day.
My wonky-eyed serious face...
And heeeello chubby cheeks.
Not much difference from my last face pics other than a little smoother and maybe not quite so red? Don't know. It's hard to tell. I could actually even be coming out of a wee flare that I've been in the last week or so cos my neck is actually feeling a bit smoother today to and I haven't used anything there.
Oh actually on the flare note... I did start having regular night sweats again for the past couple weeks after about a month or so of no night sweats so I'll see how I go tonight and fingers crossed I will have won this round of flare ups and the TSW monster is cowering back in his corner of the ring for now!!!
Things I've noticed lately...
- Night sweats have returned for the last week or so but mainly on my legs not so much around my top half.
- I actually had one or two sweat attacks during the day also.
- I've got more clear skin on my arms than red skin now, and the red skin is pretty obvious as it is in little dry/red rashy thick skin lumps (couldn't think of any other way to describe it)
Thats about all I can think of at the moment... slowly but surely beating this thing!! :D