My Thyroid and Me Chapter 9 - Skin
So it has been a while since I have posted, this is because I haven't been myself and I have definitely let this Quarantine Life get the best of me, Alcohol has become my new BFF.
It's ok to not be ok but quite frankly I cannot let this go on any longer, and it took me looking at the number of wine bottles I have accumulated for me to say enough is enough. In our mini quarantine photoshoot, I looked back at the images and I did not see me!
So last month I started a new slate, readjusted my eating habits and decided to say no to alcohol (well just until my birthday), and got into a better workout routine, and boy I defo feel better. I will tell you more about my new eating habits and my struggles in due time, watch this space.
Now since the beginning of lockdown, I vouched I would take better care in looking after my skin, however, my skin had a difference of opinion. My skin has been through ups and downs during this time, dark pigmentations, oily to dry, and even saw a period of spot break out. And this got me thinking, how does my Hypothroirdism have an effect on my skin? and boy did I end up down a rabbit hole of information.
Some of the most common skin symptoms and signs associated with hypothyroidism are “dry itchy skin, itchy flaking of the scalp, dry cracked heels [and] paleness of the skin.”
The good news is that there are steps you can take to manage these symptoms. The skin conditions that affect those with hypothyroidism are often the same that affect those who don’t have the condition, and most site typically recommend treating dry skin with the same methods you would for all dry skin conditions.
Here are a few tips for treating and managing dry skin ailments brought about by hypothyroidism:
- Find the right moisturiser.
- Go mild - When it comes to soaps and body washes, the less irritating, the better
- Keep it simple. Some of the best moisturisers are also the simplest
- Keep showers short - Too much showering or bathing not only dries out your skin faster but can even increase your risk of developing other skin problems.
- Use a humidifier.
- See a dermatologist- If these tips don’t relieve your dry skin, schedule an appointment with a dermatologist, who can prescribe an ointment or cream that may help
Now I always moisturise my body after a shower however I do not use a face moisturiser as I have felt I have oily combination skin so this will over moisturise my skin, however, I have seen so many in a natural and chemical-free beauty product on the market, so I will be using my new Jamii subscription to invest in my new skincare regime. Glow up here I come.
If you have any tips or if you have tried any of the above please leave a comment to help insight others.
TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF DURING LOCKDOWN.