This is a post I have wanted to do for a while... I have always suffered with Eczema, which I think is brought on by Dairy - however - i seem to have built up a tolerance to chocolate WOOHOO! Although I think that was mainly due to the fact that i have eaten so much i have trained my body to accept it... sort of.
I also suffer with Urticaria, which for me basically means big red blotches on my skin (see pics gallery below), mainly on my arms, face and chest, I rarely get it on my legs for some reason, which are all incredily itchy! We now believe this to be a effect of Mast Cell Activation Disorder (MCAD) which is the presence of too many Mast Cells resulting in excess histamine being released.
MCAD presents various different symptoms which in some worst cases causes anaphylactic shock, I havent experienced this in full, however, I have had several occasions where I have broken out into hives and an allergic reaction for no reasons and had some throat swelling - scary stuff!
I once had a reaction when I was on holiday in Ayia Napa with my 2 best friends and my face swelled up double the size... then my shoulders and arms - i thought first of all I just had a stinking hangover until I asked my friend who looked at me pretty bewildered and was like no... theres definately something wrong with your face!! I have attached some pictures for your enjoyment :D.
Whilst I don't know if the above forementioned reaction was down to MCAD, looking back now, i'm pretty sure it was related as we still never found out the cause!
SO, ways in which I manage the symptoms are:
- I take cetirizine daily, which is actually what they have in anti-histamines you can buy over the counter like Piriton and Benedryl (i think)
- I take fexofenadine daily, which is another type of allergy / anti-histamine which specifically targets urticaria
- Double Base Cream - BEFORE i have a shower, i use double-base cream which is a barrier cream which stops the shower drying my skin out, anything beating down on my skin usually brings me out in a rash as my Mast Cells are overactive hence producing the red urticaria!
- Bleach Bath - Once a week (twice if my skin is particularly bad), I have a bath with 1 TEASPOON of bleach mixed in with it. I write the word TEASPOON in capitals as I recently read a horror story in the dailymail about a women who got her bleach bath amount wrong and burnt her skin EEK! I was advise to do this by my dermatologist and it has made a huge difference to my eczema, it takes the angriness away! And looking back now, my skin was alot better when I was swimming 5 times a week (bleach in the pool!)
- I do have a steorid cream I can use on my ezcema patches however I try not to use this unless it's super bad
- E45 / Nivea After Sun - I have been given various body creams over the years but I find that the E45 moisturising lotion and in actual fact, Nivea after sun lotion to be the best hydrating creams! I still tend to have 'scaly' legs but it at least stops them being so dry. I haven't yet come across a cream which alleviates that!
- Day Cream - L'Oreal Triple Action Senstive Skin and Eucerin Moisturising Day Cream. I don't use both on top of each other, I usualy swop between the two. The L'Oreal cream is quite heavy so not the best cream to use if you want your makeup to last all day! Also not great if your foundation is quite oily as this cream is quite oily so you're likely to get a bit of a sheen.
- Day Cream - Eau Thermale Avene, Redness-relief Moisturizing protecting cream - Now this cream is GREAT if your having a bit of a red face day. It is especially formulated to reduce redness, it does have a green tinge and you only need to apply it on the areas that are red. Not a cream I would use everyday but perfect for reducing redness before i'm applying my foundation.
- Eye Cream - Boots, Time Delay - The thing i love about this eye cream is that it is applied with a cold steel ball which, if like me you have puffy eyes, this feels really soother. Not sure how convinced I am about it reducing my wrinkles but it definately reduces puffy eyes!
- Make-up Remover - Eucerin, Micellar Cleansing Fluid 3in1 - Now I don't think this is necessarily actually meant to be a all over makeup remover but I find it is perfect. I used to use the simple makeup remover wipes but found where my skin is ultra sensitive, it takes to feel like it is scraping on my skin. The 3in1 solution is perfect to be used with hypoallergenic makeup remove pads, avoid the ones that have a 'sewn' edge as these will scracth your skin.
- Eye makeup Remover - Eau Thermale Avene - Super gentle on the eyes and prevents my from going puffy!
- NIght Cream - Wich, Overnight Clearing Serum - Somehow, I still manage to get prone to spots! Mainly blackheads. I assume this is where maybe my skin gets so tight where it is dry that it blocks my pores? Who knows! This Serum is super light and really does help to reduce blackheads, especially around the sides of your nose. I also find it hydrating and my skin doesn't react to it.
Hopefully this has helped someone who also suffers with similar skin problems and maybe gives you a new cream to try!
This is the first time I have ever showed the photos of my skin!