Ultra Sensitive Skin - Finally Starting to Improve
I'm a 47 yr old redhead with a 30 year history of sensitive skin - made worse incidentally by a serious case of food poisoning nearly six years ago. I have been left intolerant to dairy, egg yolks - basically anything high fat or high fibre (eg raw vegetables and the skin on fruit). To get by I turned to soya products gradually increasing the range of what soya foods I ate. I used a botanical skincare and makeup range and for 4 years everything was great, my skin was happy. Then all of a sudden my face reacted to the products (red, swollen, itchy and burning). I haven't worn any make-up for a year and still had awful symptoms including a rash on my back and an itchy scalp.
After 18 months of this I turned to my GP who diagnosed rosacea and prescribed anti biotics. After two tablets I was ill ! I spoke to my pharmacist who suggested that it wasn't rosacea but a reaction and he sold me some probiotic tablets. An hour after the first tablet, relief. My face cooled. I cut out soya products and my face has continued to "heal". I tested out the soya on Saturday and before I'd even finished eating it (margarine) my face burned and my scalp itched....!
I found this website (week 1) and have been drinking water, upped my veg and fruit, stuck to my yoga exercises and washed my face in filtered, boiled water. I use oatmeal and it is fantastic. Over the years I had thought I had oily skin because I had spots, but I don't it is just ultra sensitive. I put a tablespoon of oats in a cut down stocking/pop sock tied off with a knot and agitate and squeeze it in warm water. Soak a soft cotton muslin in the oatmilk and gently wipe my face (as if it is delicate porcelain) and this week has seen a massive improvement in my face. The redness and soreness is reducing by the day and not one spot - 6 days and nothing. An added bonus is that it makes my hands beautifully soft.
I believe I am allergic or intolerant to soya and botanicals because since removing these, and following the advice on this site I am recovering. Thanks so much. Just purchased a book on facial exercises so that's going to start next week.....
Hi JB, thanks so much for sharing your story. I am so glad our advice has been helpful to you in improving your skin! I hope that your experience can help others as well who find themselves reacting to products and medications. I wish you much success with your new facial exercise