The following post is the story of my skin. Since the pictures are a little gross, I figured it would be best to put in a jump here for those who would rather not read/see it.
(just a warning that some of the pictures are little gross to look at)
About a year and a half ago, I started to notice that I was itching behind my ears a lot and it always felt scaly like the skin of a snake. I had my mom take a look (because I can't turn my head to see behind my ears) and lo and behold I had dry red patches growing back there! From knowing a friend in high school with psoriasis, I could safely assume that was what's up. I had seen her skin condition many times, as it was hard not to notice as it infiltrated her hairline. Mine looked exactly the same, except it never left behind my ears. It wasn't a big deal and I bought some strong lotion from the store. (even though I know that psoriasis is untreatable, I figured it was worth trying to calm it down) While it helped a little bit, I also found that rubbing the cream on my usual dry skin helped tremendously. And when I say that, I mean my skin felt as smooth as a baby's bottom! So while the new condition wasn't taking to the lotion, I was delighted to find that it helped my normal dry skin.
In the past few months, my face has been taken over by the evil, red, scaly stuff. It's scary to know that it's out in plain sight now and not just hiding behind my ears. I continue with the cream, lots of moisturizer and drowning my face in water, every little bit helps and keeps my face calm!
I really owe a lot to these products, as they have gotten me through some pretty horrible outbreaks. (I'm going through one right now and for some reason the lotion is burning my skin)
(Clinique Moisture Surge - Head & Shoulders Clinical Strength - Dermarest Psoriasis Medicated Moisturizer)
So if somebody else out there has dry, problematic skin - or even psoriasis - I hope I can help in some way by suggesting some products and sharing my story.
Thank you to whoever made it through all this huge block of text. It's a weight off my shoulders to finally have it written down in one place, what has been up with my skin!