Seeing is believing. A major overhaul of my diet and outlook on nutrition is finally making a rash of six months heal.
Last October I noticed a few patches of red, rashy skin on my legs pop up. I figured the whirlpool at the gym was a little dirty or I caught something from the swimming pool, since I take a dip three to four days each week.
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After avoiding the water for a few weeks and applying every topical skin cream I could get my hands on, the rash lingered.
So, I visited with my dermatologist.
She quickly diagnosed the skin irritation as eczema. She told me to start moisturizing with CeraVe skin cream twice each day and to use a prescription-level topical steroid cream. I did all that. The rash started popping up in new places and my all-over itchy skin was getting unbearable.
At the start of March, I decided to try the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP). This clean-eating program is used to heal the gut and identify foods that trigger flare-ups for people with autoimmune conditions, including eczema.
I’m on day 17 of the food elimination phase of the AIP, and am proud to say my skin is finally clearing. The overall body itch is also diminishing. I’m still using CeraVe, jojoba oil and coconut oil to moisturize my skin and Epsom salt and baking soda baths to soothe the itch.
I’m honestly shocked at how much food can change the health of my skin. My face also looks brighter and healthier. And I just feel so much better overall with fewer RA flares and less digestive problems related to Celiac Disease.
I’m posting AIP updates on the Cupcakes and Yoga Pants Facebook page daily. See what I’m up to today!
Until next time,