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Today on Sherlock Your Skin (Eczema Skinvestigations), we are on Day 2: Environment! Today, we explore the different factors your current skin type and current location play in the role of how eczema shows up and can show out if you travel or move to another place--or maybe country?! Right now, I'm in Auckland, New Zealand and let me tell you: the humid weather here is doing wonders for my skin! I used to think that growing up in the Bay Area of California that I "naturally" had "dry skin" and that I was doomed to a life of using heavy creams, lotions, and salves just to stay afloat and not feel dry and itchy. My, have the times have changed! Here, in New Zealand, I feel like I have very normal skin! At times, even oily skin! I've even had breakouts from all the sweating I've been doing down here, both because of the weather and doing more walking as I've avoided driving, favoring public transportation to get around. So, if you think that you are a certain skin type, it might be just because of where you're located and not because you're born with a "defect", "sensitivity", or "weakness." It's all relative. And it may depend on where you are in the world, literally. 🌏πŸ’ͺ✨ #sherlockyourskin #eczemaphoenix #riseaboveeczema #skinvestigator #sherlockterry #terryholmes #skinvestigation #skinnerd #eczemanerd #environment #eczemaandclimate #temperature #payingitforward
Welcome to Day 5 of my Sherlock Your Skin Series this week! Today, we go over different types of Fabric that are typically irritating and others that are beneficial to people with eczema and sensitive skin. There's so much more thought that needs to go into shopping for products for people with eczema and the clothing, bedding, towels, etc. that we use. For some, even certain dyes will be an irritating factor. BUT, as I often say these days, it's a great time to be alive because of the plethora of options we have around us now that did not exist before. Gotta love knowledge, science, and technology! And just greater awareness. The access to information through social media and the Internet is such a blessing these days. Let's use it to our advantage! πŸ•΅πŸ”πŸ“šπŸ“–πŸ“‘πŸŒ #eczemaphoenix #riseaboveeczema #eczemaandfabric #eczemaclothing #eczemabedding #payingitforward
Can you tell that I really love detectives? Channeling Alton Brown's nerdy and fun character makeovers from Good Eats and Sherlock Holmes' relentless curiosity and penchant for connecting seemingly abstract concepts into a larger picture to solve the case! Also, the text captions in-between are partially inspired by the ones in the movie Clue, one of my favorite films and boardgames. Today, I begin a 7-day series where EVERY DAY this week I share an aspect of my daily thought process and systematic approach on how I analyze my rashes, what I deduce from their appearance, sensations and recalling recent circumstances and variables, and different steroid-free treatment options based on my conclusions or hunches. The specific order of events and lessons will be on: Day 1 (Today!): Inspection & Analyzing Rashes Day 2: Environment Day 3: Cosmetics Day 4: Food Day 5: Fabric Day 6: Emotions, Psyche, and Spirit Day 7: Ethnicity, Genetics, and Culture Over the past 12 years of actively researching and figuring out how my eczema works and how to master its affect on my life and my healing process, considering all of these factors and the insight I've gained from repeated rashes and repeated healing, I see how interconnected all of them are. A deep part of me wishes that I had someone like me growing up. Someone to give me hope. I wish that I had the information that I have now and saved myself a lot of money on products that didn't work or caused me more pain and irritation taking a shot in the dark. Perhaps I didn't get to have that person or this information back then and I can't get back those years, but hopefully something in this series with save you some time and money and bring more clarity. I started my journey long before Youtube or Instagram got as big as they are now. I had no online community or support system. But it's okay, because I still survived and I still found a way out. And, so can you! Let's begin this skinvestigation! πŸ•΅πŸ”πŸ”¬ #eczemaphoenix #riseaboveeczema #sherlockyourskin #skinvestigator #skindetective #sherlockterry #terryholmes #skinvestigation #detective #sherlock #eczemanerd #inspection #analyzingrashes #payingitforward
On today's episode of Sherlock Your Skin (Eczema Skinvesigation), we go over the relationship between eczema and Food. Food allergies, triggers, and how we can use diet to our healing advantage. This is a topic that runs deep, because if you ever have food allergy-triggered eczema rashes like I have, the paranoia around what kind of food will or will not trigger you can be enough to make one go crazy. Similarly to cosmetics, it's not always easy to avoid the things you know are bad for you because of so many fillers, preservatives and mystery ingredients in many foods. When you're hungry, you just want to feel safe and nourished, but many times you can feel full and then have it be followed up with immense pain, itchiness, and swelling. It can almost make one want to starve themselves and avoid it all together. But then, you run the risk of malnourishment and missing out on important vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. There's also the emotional element to food, especially around the normalization of alcohol and dairy at every meal, birthdays, and holidays. Those foods are so glorified, yet are two of the MOST inflammatory foods that will guarantee you a rash outbreak! That is not normal to have food harm you so much. You're supposed to eat food and become healthier, not more damaged and in pain. So, no, alcohol and dairy at every meal is not normal. There's plenty of other healthy food that we need to have at every meal. The ones with real nutritional value and trace minerals like fruits, veggies, legumes, and some grains. When it comes to food and eczema, It can become an abusive relationship where we choose to eat the things we know will hurt us either out of denial, pride, or peer pressure. If you know someone with eczema and genuinely care about them, DO NOT make them feel bad or weak for choosing to not consume alcohol or dairy. Even if you baked it. Even if you bought it. If you love them, you'll support whatever they need to do to heal and feel happy. Give those acidic foods to someone else who won't suffer or eat them yourself. Spare us. Help us help ourselves. Be a part of the solution, not an addition to the problem. πŸ™πŸ•ŠπŸ’–πŸ¦‹
Today on Sherlock Your Skin (Eczema Skinvestigation), we are on Day 3: Cosmetics. The stuff we put on top of our skin. Oooh, that's a big one in the eczema lifestyle. Boy, can this be a very maddening topic for us! All of these big promises products and cosmetic companies make on their bottles to "make skin softer", "turn back the hands of time", or to "be the gentlest on even sensitive skin" only to irritate our skin further, cause more itching, more lichenification, swelling and rash wrinkling. There are a lot of filler ingredients that provide no real protection or therapeutic value like mineral oil and other ingredients that are straight up carcinogens and skin irritants like fragrance, parabens, PEGs, and phenoxyethanol - a newer replacement for parabens, but not without side effects of its own. In this video, I mainly focus on the types of formulations different types of rashes respond well to and what kind to get depending on how your rash is showing up. Click the link in my bio to find out more! Wishing you all much healing and empowerment! πŸ•΅πŸ”πŸ’ͺ✨ #skinvestigator #sherlockterry #terryholmes #skinvestigation #skinnerd #eczemanerd #cosmetics #eczemaskincare #eczemaphoenix #riseaboveeczema #eczemaandcosmetics #empowerment #knowledgeispower #payingitforward
Ah, we are at the second to last video in my Sherlock Your Skin Series already! Today is Day 6 and we're talking about Emotions, Psyche, and Spirit (aka Having Faith in Healing/God/The Universe/A Greater Purpose/A Reason For All The Pain). The emotions are the body's feedback to the brain about what's going on in the environment within and outside of it. When you feel imbalance, stress, and uncomfortable, it is for a reason and it needs to be rebalanced. Emotions are not to be ignored. They are one of our biggest clues to healing! They are immediate, real-time communication from your body to your mind. How your respond and interpret that information is very important to getting the healing process started and working as soon as possible. Or if you judge and repress it, it can delay that healing process. I strongly KNOW that is a huge missing piece of a lot of eczema treatment plans--or any treatment plan in the Western medical system for that matter. For many people, including myself, this is the true trigger of their eczema when food and diet make low-to-no difference. Yes, there are always benefits to having more fruit and veggies to your diet (you can never get too many trace minerals!), BUT, for many people doing things like going vegan, juicing, and cleaning up their diet don't make much if any progress. For them, it's stress that is the true trigger and blocks the neural pathways, lymphatic flow (which helps dispel toxins from the body through the lymph fluid), and the ability for the body to detoxify normally, optimally. And that can stem from instability at home, work, love, friendships or just self-esteem. Judgment and bullying from family, friends, partners, and peers magnify this effect. It is when those aspects of their lives improve that their skin improves. This is a daily practice for me and sometimes my first step is to just take a nap and reboot. I swear my skin feels way softer when I wakeup and it's much easier to make wiser, healthier decisions for my well-being. Hope this has inspired you to start thinking about the many ways you can reboot yourself, too! πŸ˜ƒπŸ’ͺβ˜οΈπŸ•Š #skinvestigator #sherlockterry #eczemaphoenix
Watch out world! She’s back on her feet and scootin’ around. We are crossing fingers and hoping she gets discharged shortly πŸ˜ƒ