This is my 30 day account of how not using lotion on my skin went! The process is called moisture withdrawal, and is supposed to be helpful for my skin condition.
Day 1 Not so bad-took shower at night... Was surprised it wasn't awful!
Day 2- Stretched. My shower... After shower it was rough.. I guess the reality that I am not using cream hit my skin.
Day 3 Redness and inflammation down, but very uncomfortable face feels and looks good though
Day 4 Tough day... Feeling dry and a bit itchy... But wounds have healed up...seem to be shedding lots of skin...
Day 5 Skin is comfortable... Main issue is dry ashy look :/ But I feel pretty good...I take a shower...am really dry for about 1 hour... Then it all sheds off and I am good to go! In one week I can see that my skin has gotten better...this is NUTZ
Day 6- Was awesome. Skin is great. Every time I get out the shower it's not as painful. Skin restores itself quite quickly.
Day 7 Woke up with some deeper cuts and splits on my hands. Some redness too but my face skin feels good...arms are fine I washed my hair and oil got on my hands so I am thinking it's a reaction to that.
Day 8 Serious swelling :/ in hands ,felt good after shower
Day 9 Skin is prb 30% better than last week little to no discomfort... You get used to that dry ashy feeling... And I barely scratch now. When I do its not intense. Also I use some dilute avc for any cuts or itchiness.I find I am sweating much more. My skin will look ashy and then the ashy look will fade. Assuming oils are returning :0
Day 10 Skin is just fine. A little dry and wrinkled, my appetite has increased...lol Had some blisters on my fingers. Over all quite comfortable... Look a little ashy in places
Day 11 Skin was good, a bit dry in my neck. Was in the sun and felt a little more itchy than usual afterwards. Didn't take a shower Skin over all is pretty comfortable
Day 12 Woke up today dry. Didn't shower yesterday so that's prb why. Thumbs are looking much better, broken skin minimal, no redness. Neck is just dry. Still have yet to do a dead sea salt bath as I don't have any that don't have mineral oil in it
Day13 Breeze! Lol Eyelids are bit dry this am, feeling better this eve. I must shower to get good results the next day. Otherwise skin feels yucky. I actually look forward to my showers. I am 1 year of steroids today. Yay
Day 14 Skin feels so normal hardly think about it. Getting out of the shower doesn't even feel that wierd anymore. Skin gets a bit dry now, not rough like it used to. Skin even has a shine. Oils are returning.
Day 15 Feeling great today, looking a bit dry. But nothing compares to how good I feel! I can see certain spots of my skin are actually healing on my hands.
Day 16 Honestly my skin is a non issue. Starting to feel day to day updates are pointless, but I will keep it going Skin is normal today. Neck was itchy last night
Day 18 Missed some days cause there wasn't much to update. Skin felt really good today. Even got some sun. However very crusty out the shower today. Hands are peeling ALot. Face looks a bit red and yucky, we will see what the morning brings. Feels a bit strange to be this dry, but not painful. And I am not itchy at all..
Day22 No complaints, skin is a bit itchy this morning, but I have been in the sun a bit more. My right hand is looking really good. Left hand healing a bit slower. Still nothing compared to before. Skin feels so normal I forget to update,skin feels smooth, not dry at all. Just a little dry when I come out of the shower, serious improvements from day 1-5
Day 24 Skin feels great. Using lemon juice on some dark patches hoping to make them fade away. My skin looks pretty good. Went out without a scarf. This is a huge accomplishment
Day 26 Itchy day, got out of the shower and it took a long time for my skin to normalize. So so itchy...not the norm itchy but a hivey itchy
Day 27 Still itchy, woke up with a swollen eye. Ohh I am flaring... Haha totally forgot about those. But it was bearble. I layed in bed with ice on my eye this am and then was fine for the day. Now am itchy again this evening. Neck and insides of arms. It's easter weekend and I have also consumed plenty of sugar and bread...this could be why?? Lol If this is what a so called flare is ,its a piece of cake to my other flares. I was out today in the sun, running errands....completely uneffected by skin issues I truly believe MW contributes to more comfort during flares...well in general lol
Day28 Still flaring, time of the month came today.... Usually a flare culprit. That coupled with a sugary easter weekend. Found lime or lemon juice very helpful for reducing itch on my arms. Still using lemon for hyper pigmentation, I can tell I am healing because the things that were secondary issues for me before are my main ones. TSW really jacked up my skin. Now I am really seeing the effects and damage done. Was in the sun yesterday and super scratchy last night. Noticing a trend with sun making me more itchy??
Day 29 Normal day. Used lemon again and actually used it on the inside of my arm. Helped reduce itchiness. Didn't shower, so skin is looking wrinkled and dark, need to shed skin
Day 30 Feeling good today. Recovering from my flare. Woke up this morning and showered, which usually I hate doing cause it means I have to walk around and feel the dryness, as apposed to staying in bed. I am a bit uncomfortable. Maybe a 3/10...huge improvement.
So after doing MW for 30 days here are my thoughts
1) Redness is gone
2) Inflammation down 55%
3) Am able to function like I have normal skin, the day passes and my skin doesn't come to mind
4) Patches are drying up and healing faster
Some set backs for me are when I do my hair, I use oils in my hair, so my hands get super itchy and break apart almost immediately. When I sweat I also get super itchy and tear my skin apart. As long as my skin remains dry, I am good. That's a bit of a challenge but I try my best to work with it. Natural oils have definitely returned. I get a shine to my skin I never had before. I have applied Shea to my face every once and while. I do find since my face is always exposed to the elements it stays dryer and takes longer to recover from showers than the rest of my skin.
Well that was my journey through 30 days no creams,no lotions, no oils...shall I continue? Yea I think so...