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I’ve struggled with a skin disease for 21 years. I hate to even use the word “disease,” because it has such a negative connotation to it. “Disease,” it just comes with it a sense of doom, a place where there is no hope or answer. A glimmer of hope would be forbidden in the presence of this word. When I was 15 years old, I had gone to the beach with my friends for 4 hours without any sunscreen. I came back home, washed up for the day, went to bed, and woke up with a rash all over my body, from the neck down only, my face thankfully was spared. The next few years I would visit about 15 reknown dermatologists all around the Southern California area to be told the same thing, “I think what you have is PLEVA and unfortunately, there is nothing I can do for you, because there is no cure.” Imagine a teenager, with a rash all over her body, she would be nicknamed, cheetah for the remainder of her high-school years.
Western doctors prescribed me antibiotics – constantly. I tried a few with little to no success. Those pills were actually making things worse. The amount of antibiotics they were prescribing me was toxic to my liver, so my mom had me discontinue them and we tried our very best to find other remedies. Unfortunately, with little to no luck.
After years of disappointment, I decided to just accept my situation and just carry on as best I could. From the day of the onset of my rash, I covered up my whole body with long sleeves and long pants – AT ALL TIMES. But one hot summer day, I was over the heat and from that day on forward, tank tops were my staple. The less I cared about my skin disease and how others would perceive me, the areas I exposed myself to the sun (without sunscreen) actually got better, but over a period of time. I soon began to see improvement in my arms, upper chest, upper back, my shins, and calfs (because wearing capri pants was a thing in the early 2000s).
My rash went into remission in my 20s and I didn’t think about my skin “condition” for over 10-15 years. Since I wasn’t flaring up, I felt like I didn’t need to hunt for a cure like a lion does his prey. It required too much energy, and I didn’t have it. I was tired of disappointment.
My life now as a 36 years old is a happy one. Yes, the story turns! Not for my skin, but for the things that have meaning and staying power. I’m a newly wed, happily married, and a proud pup mom of the cutest Austrailian Shepherd. I am so grateful for my life. I never thought I’d be where I am today, especially with how my home life was growing up – unhappy parents who later divorced. That’s the short story version.
The last 2 to 3 years, I started to get some flare ups on my skin. I noticed that it would appear whenever I stressed. It made sense because I had planned a wedding, went through the first stage of my career change, and now, I’m dealing with the pressures of being quarantined from covid. So…it makes sense why my skin “condition” is saying hello again, but what is different about this situation now, is me – I am ready to tackle this issue head on with positivity and faith!
This skin “condition” has plagued me for years and I felt so hopeless for so many of them. It is not just for vanity reasons that I want my healthy skin back. I just want my skin to be healthy, the way God intended it. I saw a functional medicine doctor (herbalist) right before the quarantine lockdown was put in place. She provided treatments such as cupping, acupuncture, and Chinese herbal medicine – the first REAL doctor to ask me for a detailed account of my health history and…actually listened to my story. To those that are just reading my blog, I’ve been a Registered Nurse for 10 years and I know a thing or two about doctors who don’t listen.
She mentioned that Eastern Medicine approaches disorders of the skin in a holistic way, and through ancient historical research, it is believed that many skin disorders are connected to emotional trauma. Wow…and right when she said that…I couldn’t help but tear up. My heart understood what she was saying.
There was a lot of emotional trauma when I was 15. My home life was not a happy one and my parents were in the brink of a divorce. They were too unhappy with each-other and themselves that they rarely paid attention to my needs. Again – short version of the story. So that is where my skin healing journey begins.
First thing is first, my functional medicine doctor advised me to get a skin biopsy. She was shocked that no dermatologist ever recommended it. I too, was shocked.
Even though Western doctors think I will never find a cure, for the first time in my life, I believe I will (see my old post regarding how I was cured of severe depression with homeopathic medicine in just 4 days). So instead of ignoring that I have a skin “condition” or believing that there is nothing I can do, I’ve decided to take it upon my own hands to heal myself. It’s a big feat I know, but there are tons of miracle stories out there of many diseases and ailments that have been cured by nature’s medicines. God made this planet and has given us everything we need. There is a cure(s) and I believe it’s of natural origin.
I’ve been doing a lot of research on PLEVA and have been reading what other thrivers like me, have to say about this condition. I feel for all of you out there who have been suffering from this, whether it has been 6 months or 21 years like me. I’m motivated and determined to find a cure and I truly believe that it’s a combination of natural remedies that will rid me of this evil thing. I call it an evil thing, because it is not from God. God is not a disease giver. And as the good Book says, what is in Heaven, can be done on Earth – in the Lord’s prayer. What if? Just what if, I chose to have faith, that a miracle can happen to me? Here are the changes I am making in my life and I’m hoping and praying I will see an improvement in my skin…and one day a cure: (and hopefully…I can help others who are struggling too).
- Laying out in the sun with a tank top and shorts or a bathing suit at least 20 minutes a day without sunblock. Sunscreen is actually not good for you. Many sunscreens contain harmful chemicals. It blocks the sun rays from entering your body. Your body needs the sun to produce Vitamin D from cholesterol. I don’t think staying in the sun for a long period of time without sunscreen is a good thing either. In moderation, I think it is necessary for us to get unfiltered sun. Many of us are deficient in Vitamin D because we are indoors most of the time. Back in the caveman days, no one wore sunscreen.
- I’m starting to take 10,000 IU of Vitamin D3 supplements a day. Supposedly Vitamin D3 has been known to help skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, etc.
- I’ve changed my diet to a Pescatarian diet (fish/seafood diet). I have let go of red meat and pork. I noticed my skin looks terrible when I eat meat.
- I’ve let go of cheese. I have noticed that my skin also reacts poorly when I consume a lot of cheese. I absolutely LOVE cheese so I plan to eat it only on special occasions.
- I’m continuing to exercise daily.
- I’ve thrown out all my skincare products and I’ve started to make my own at home.
These are just some of the changes I have implemented, but the one that seals everything together in my opinion is prayer and meditation, and the power of words. For those of you who have read the Four Agreements, I have chosen to never speak bad about my skin and my body. I used to always complain about my skin and if someone would compliment me, I’d correct them and say, “No, my skin is ugly. Look at my marks.” Nope! Not anymore! Even if I don’t like how my skin looks right now, I will say with conviction that my skin is beautiful and I will take compliments. I have also started to pray over my skin every morning, a prayer similar to this: “Dear Lord, thank you for healing me. Thank you that you are healing me and every day you are healing me, more and more.” I got this idea from a friend of mine, Sonseree. She had a skin rash and allergies that wouldn’t go away and she made changes to her diet, took certain supplements (Vit D3), and implemented other remedies which she plans to share in her book that she is currently writing. She prayed this same prayer and one day, she woke up and the rash and allergies was gone.
I’m not here to preach. There’s crazy televised Evangelists for that. I’m here to just share my story. I’m seeking for a cure. As much as I think the remedy will be found in physical things (food, herbs, skincare, etc), I think just as much that it will be found in seeking the One who created me…by letting my Creator love me.
Follow up on my other future posts for updates! I am excited to share with you my improvements.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or scientist so please don’t take the changes I’m implementing as a green light to cure yourself.