It’s Michelle here and I have a long over due update on my skin. The reason for such a long delay in updating is that I do not have much to report as I have not improved, despite all the testing I have been doing the past two months that I discuss below.
I am a bit ashamed as I know some people may see me as a health wellness blogger, but really I am just a girl trying to find peace and balance with my body. Being a blogger sometimes I feel pressure to have the perfect health, to be a showcase for others, but the reality is that is not possible.
Somehow we all need to find a way to take that pressure off and realize there is a lot of things causing illnesses. Some things are in our control and other things are not. There is no perfect health.
My last update back in August was about the first round of allergy testing I did for my eczema, the results and products I was using to relieve the pain. Warning: the pictures in this post are not pleasant to look at — NO editing has been done to any of them. This is just me…what I look like.
Where I am at now with my eczema after getting MRT Leap food sensitivity done and biopsy on my legs
As you can see in the video I am doing my best to keep hope.
I feel so guilty as this past month has been a blessing to Lori, but for me it has been the worst days. I have tears running my face as I write this. Actually this whole year has been a blessing for Lori with her pregnancy and for me my skin has been at its worse.
To recap things I discussed in the video:
MRT Leap Food Sensitivity results:
1 red chemical reaction and 5 food reactions
1 yellow chemical reaction and 16 yellow reactions
The results did surprise me as some foods I reacted too I don’t eat like cantaloupe and string beans. I started avoiding all the yellow and red foods plus other foods on Sept 5th. So it has been over a month and no improvements. I know these food tests have a lot of controversy around them, but I was hopeful as I did read about some people get results. I am still avoiding the red and yellow foods at the current moment.
It can be hard to tell, as the lighting is different, but really there is no difference. I have the same red patches all over my body and still itch.
I have been avoiding the top allergens to heal eczema and still no change in my skin.
Food I have been avoiding:
Eggs, cow’s dairy, goat’s dairy, citrus and tomatoes since Aug 1st. So well over 2 months!!!
Seafood, shellfish and pork since Sept 2. So over a month. *Note: I have added a little fish back into my diet.
Other foods I have been avoiding (MRT test results) – Rice, potatoes, sweet potatoes and bananas since Sept 5th. So again over a month.
Somedays the redness gets better. I get hope. Then it comes right back.
Biopsy results for my red patches on legs, arms, stomach and neck:
My biopsy results came back saying I had contact dermatitis. So my dermatologist had me come in to get patch testing done on Sept 22. On Sept 26 (the day before Lori’s labor!!!!) I got the results that my skin showed some reaction to 3 things. I was hopeful this was the answer…sadly I am not sure as no changes yet. Maybe I need to give it more time.
I want to note that back in August I got a patch test done by the allergist and it came back negative. And seeing no improvements in my skin with avoiding the things my skin reacted to this time makes me wonder if I really am allergic.
One of the things my skin reacted to was small that the dermatologist was not concerned. The second thing my skin reacted to was gold sodium thiosulfate, which is weird as I do not wear much jewelry. So we don’t thing that is the issue unless I am unaware of what else gold can be found in.
Do you know? Any ideas?
The third thing my skin showed reaction to was Balsam of Peru!
Balsam of peru is found in pretty much everything!! Food, makeup, personal care products and much more!!! So starting that weekend of Sept 27 I started throwing away a lot of things and got fragrance free items. Even fragrance free toilet paper!! Shampoo has been hard, I am currently using soap nuts. I will admit my hair is still adjusting. It never feels like I wash it. I did find some fragrance free makeups and other household items; still an adjustment over here.
I also have been avoiding essential oils, which has been really hard as I love them.
Being allergic to balsam of peru has made me avoid more foods. I already have been avoiding tomatoes and citrus and started avoiding cinnamon and vanilla, plus other spices. Currently I am doing a 30 day challenge with my purely fit sisters and Lori of avoiding chocolate and coffee.
It has been 3 weeks going on 4 that I have been fragrance free — so why do I still have patches and itchy skin!?!?!?!?!?
I am so frustrated. Confused. Sad. Losing hope.
I am still working with a NEAT doctor. She still thinks it is something I am eating, which lately has been like the same 20 foods for the past few months. And I do believe even if a food is healthy it doesn’t mean it is healthy for you.
This is me right now in my life dealing with adult eczema. This is real life. No filters.
I have tried many of the suggestions everyone has given me and not much success. But I appreciate everyone helping me out!!!!! Love you!!!
I know there is no such thing as a perfect diet and I am not trying to achieve that, all I want is to find the food that is putting my body through hell. I cannot even begin to say how much PAIN I have been in. And just want it to stop.
So what now? I am taking all approaches and adjusting it to my lifestyle. I am trying my best not to stress and just let things happen. I am doing my best to see past the red patches that cover my body. It’s just hard as when I go out in public, people stare or question what is wrong with my neck.
I will continue to report if anything changes.
Thanks again for letting my share my journey here and for being so supportive!
Let me know below if you want me to expand more on the MRT food test, contact dermatitis and balsam of peru.
If you know of anyone suffering from skin issues like me, please share this. I want to give hope to others and help one another out!!