Hi everyone! I'm Alexia! I've been on the SD journey for about a year and a half now.
SD began as a small red spot on my left cheek. I completely disregarded it, as I had never had any issues with my facial skin in the past, therefore, didn't have any self-esteem issues that were conditionally related to my facial skin. I first noticed this spot after a pretty serious hospital visit in December 2014: I was about a year into my PhD program, was a new homeowner, had been experiencing an amount of chronic stress I'd never had before, and didn't have the time to take care of myself (including not eating or cooking well at all-I didn't eat much). I am also a dancer, so around this time I didn't have time for dance for the first time in my life. I wasn't very healthy.
I was in the hospital for about a week (the last week of classes and I was more stressed about missing classes and writing my final papers than being in the hospital). I went straight to ICU for about 3 days (I was the youngest one there, I was 24), needed blood transfusions (my red blood cell count was 5-'normally' is should have been 14), and was diagnosed as anemic (which I'd been before as a teen). One doctor told my dad that I should have been dead. I had about 6 doctors, including a hematologist, a virus/bacteria doctor, heart doctors, and others. After a myriad of tests, they had no idea why I had landed myself in the hospital. The most popular guess was that it was a virus I'd picked up at the preschool I worked at that stuck because of a repressed immune system from all the stress. What virus? They had no idea.
A few months or so after this is when I first noticed the red spot.
Now, fast forward. The spot got bigger, possibly spread to one eyelid (in the form of white, zit-like things), spread to my left cheek, became white and pus-sy, spread to the other eyelid, got dry, flaky, scaly, and then spread to my forehead and temples.
At some point, I finally went to my primary care doctor and then to my dermatologist. They told me it was SD and prescribed me all the things Michael has discussed. None worked, or if they seemed to 'work', when I would stop using them, my skin was the worst it had ever been, looked so disgusting, and for the first time in my life, I was embarrassed to be seen in my skin. Horrible.
A little bit about my lifestyle: I love food, and generally eat pretty healthy. I do not identify as vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, or things like that. I rarely eat junk food. I dance professionally and practice yoga, mindfulness, meditation, imagery, and I run. Recently, I've been trying so many of the 'home-remedies' Michael described, trying to alter my diet, increase my yoga & meditation practice...and while some things have helped, nothing has stuck.
I'm looking forward to discovering the root cause of this (which I think is the chronic stress and possibly something in my digestive system) with everyone, am so appreciative for Michael's scholarly work on the subject, and am looking forward to trying Biom8 to see what happens.
- "I received my Biom8 in the mail yesterday, and was so excited! I rinsed my face and applied a small amount all over. I did the same at night and this morning. So far, I’m noticing more white heads popping up […]"View