23 days in, and my face is so dry! (I can barely believe my normally oily-roily self is even typing those words!)
My skin is so dry that as soon as I wash it (and I do use Dove 1/4 moisturizing bar), I pat it semi-dry w/ my facial towel and immediately have to follow up with Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisturizing Lotion. Still within a few hours, I'm back to dry and peeling!
And the itching? I'm doing all I can to keep from literally scratching my cheeks and chin--it's just that bad! The skin on my chin, especially, is peeling as if I applied some type of thin mask to it and forgot to take it off.
Only 2 things so far have brought me any relief from the peeling and itching:
1. hydrocortisone cream. I mean the low dose kind you can purchase from the baby aisle of the drugstore to treat baby eczema. However, I only applied it in tiny quantities because I've read that extensive use of it can thin the skin. I'm actually starting to believe my current condition might be a touch of eczema, brought on by the 'tane.
2. honey. Yes, regular bee's honey that I purchased from Walmart grocery section. I discovered this one day last week when I had misplaced my Burt Bee's Lip Balm (and y'all know we accutanees HAVE to have some lip balm!) Regular vaseline doesn't work too well on my lips because it only "greases" them, but gives no softness of a moisturizer. In desparation, I applied a little honey with my pinkie finger to my lips. To my surprise the inflammation that had my lips burning went away, and it gave the look of lip gloss to boot! Plus my lips stayed moisturized until my next meal. So now I've been using honey more than the Burt's Bees--but just on my lips. This would probably work for my itching skin too, but obviously I can't walk around with sticky honey all over my face!
If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know!
But other than the itching, flaking, and dryness, the 'tane continues to work wonderfully. Those ugly under-the-skin cysts continue to heal. I'll just be glad when they are completely flat to the skin so my makeup will work better in concealing them. Speaking of makeup, that's a whole 'nother post for another day!
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