So, I’ve been M.I.A. for a while.
What up, you ask.
Part busy business. Part preparation.
First, the business: Sorta the same as usual. Just deadlines and cases galore, which is a blessing for your own business but bad for blog business! :) The good news is that we are finally getting internet at home so I can do more blogging without taking any time from work!!!
Second, the preparation: And, I’m going to cry as I write this.
I have been holding this news back for a while for whatever reason. I have rosacea. I have had it since 2009. Prior to 2009, I had beautiful skin. The type of skin people would walk up to and compliment me on. I was proud of my skin. It had blemishes here and there but nothing that couldn’t be cured with some O-T-C pimple cream. My skin was magnificent – glowing, soft and mark-free.
The start of it all. I developed it while I was going through my engagement party. I was planning this fiasco while living away from home and dealing with the stresses of a full-time-big-firm-many-hours-of-the-night job, family obligations, requirements, etc. The night was a MESS!
Anyways, a few days before the formal day – while handling EVERYTHING – I developed debilitating stomach cramps, severe tooth pain (wherein I was taking 10 Advil/day to deal with the pain – approved by my Dentist), a skin rash and fatigue. My skin felt like paper.
Since that day, my skin never got better. It was peeling and I was told to put hydrocortisone on it. I had all the symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis. It worked until I realized my face became red. I have all the symptoms of steroid induced rosacea.
My skin looks horrible.
I have tried almost everything. Antibiotics from the dermatologist and topical creams. I know that it will take approximately 6 months for things like this to work but I cannot fathom taking antibiotics for 6 months. I took it for three and felt really unlike myself. I was tired and moody. I just did not like how I was reacting to it.
So, I took a natural approach. I researched the vitamins that usually help with symptoms and underlying causes of rosacea. I took the following pills everyday:
- Flax Oil (if not flax oil, fish oil)
- Prenatal Vitamins
- Primrose Oil
- Betaine HCL
I started a rosacea log. I documented everything I ate and then for morning, afternoon and night documented the condition of my face. The one thing I realized was that when I stopped taking all my vitamins, my face improved.
I have spent countless nights crying about it, and hours explaining to people (family and friends) who ask what’s wrong with my face.
I’m absolutely fed up with having this issue and wish more than anything to be rid of it. I have to say that I have more of an issue with this than my weight. My weight is within my control. Rosacea is not.
I really do not want to go back to the dermatologist again because most dermatologists have the same procedure of prescribing medication. I do notice that I have developed some stomach issues (excess gas after every meal, intolerance to dairy which started in 2009, etc.) since the start of this and want to explore how that may relate or cause flare-ups with regards to my face.
So, after considerable research, in an attempt to give my stomach a break and to start anew, I’m doing a cleanse. A juice cleanse. For the next seven days, I will be juicing my way to health. I have done this before and I usually get a good reduction in my face. But, the difference now from every other time is that I will really scrutinize what I put into my body upon breaking the fast.
Why did I go into this long story to tell you I’m going on a cleanse?
1. Because I didn’t want you think this was at all about losing weight. I’m not fasting (nor recommend it) for losing weight. I know at the end, I will gain it all back and that’s okay so long as I can see how my face/stomach reacts.
2. I’m not the only one suffering from this problem. In fact, about 13 million people in the world do. If the fast and my future eating efforts help slow down the progress of this for me, maybe it will help someone else.
During the upcoming days, I will explain how I plan to break the fast and how I will change my eating habits to help me realize what my triggers are.
If nothing seems to be helping, I plan to go to a GI doctor to see if I have SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth).
I must say that the one person that has helped me through it all is my Binks. I would be slumped away in serious depression if it wasn’t for him. To be loved and desired when the word “attractive” isn’t even if you vocabulary anymore is a testament to the wonderfulness and strength of Binks. He has helped and consoled every step of the way. I couldn’t be where I am without him.
So, that my friend is what’s up.
Do you suffer from rosacea? Have you done a cleanse before? A juice cleanse? Have skin issues? Who is someone in your life that offers you strength when you feel weak – other than God, of course? Any suggestions on how I should break the fast? Raw foods? Gluten-free?