Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Scratch First, Itch Later

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you may have noticed in the last two weeks that I have been suffering from Poison Ivy or the Devil Plant as I call it.  Let's be honest, there is no way you wouldn't know about it because I have been bitching for a solid two weeks.  Like non stop!

When I get poison ivy, it actually gets in my blood stream and spreads across my entire body.  So I was lucky enough to have huge patches of it on both of my arms, my left leg, my stomach and my boobs.  Oh yeah baby, right along the bottom of my right breast so that my underwire in my bra was constantly scrapping it raw.  Sexy times here folks!

After a really uncomfortable weekend, with crazy hot temperatures, I was near tears.  I called my doctor and I had to go to his office to get a shot and then take two rounds of steroids to calm it down and it still hasn't gone away.  When the rash finally flattened out, it left behind huge dark red/purple spots, so I looked like I had been burned.  You can imagine how calmly I have been taking all of this.

I have become a skin warrior!  Fighting against the evil poison ivy to rescue my poor, poor skin from it's itchy wrath.  Aka, I have been spending obsessive amounts of time online, looking for ways to calm my skin down.

Here is what I have found:
Posion ivy comes from the oils in the plant.  These oils are completely immune to soap (bastards) and unfortunately soap actually spreads the oils and the rash to places you would NEVER want it to go.  This laundry soap is strong enough to cut thru the oils.  Some people said it actually dried out the poison ivy but that didn't happen for me.  It is a pretty random choice, being a laundry soap, but at $1.49 a bar it was totally worth the try.  It really dried out my skin so I tried to just keep it on the rash.

Once the rash starts to spread, the itch will literally drive you insane.  I had a week of minimal sleep because it felt like my body was on fire.  I used this Gold Bond lotion in addition to a topical steroid cream to control the need to scratch.  This lotion has a really icy feel after you spread it on.  The cooling effect really calmed my skin down.  It was also super helpful in the 100+ degree heat we
had last week!

Once the poison ivy was almost gone, I was really worried about scaring.  This Sovereign Silver gel is amazing.  Not only will it heal any cuts almost instantly, it did an amazing job of reducing the red patches.  I have been using it since Friday and they are almost all gone.  It is truly a miracle product.

I now feel like my skin is super dry, probably from the excess of creams and lotions.  So I have been really focusing on exfoliating and then using a really rich lotion to sooth my poor skin.  I used Skinny & Co.  Sugar Scrub this morning and my skin feels and smells amazing.  The scrub has coconut oil in it so my skin was so soft after my shower.

Then I applied this because I personally feel this is the best body lotion of all time.  I use it religiously in the winter time to stop dry skin.  It is so thick that I actually have to fight to get my pants on afterwards.  That is so sexy right?

So this has pretty much been the focus of my last two weeks.  Probably because of the excess of steroids in my system, I have felt a little off lately.  I am desperately in need of a good nights sleep which is my game plan for tonight!

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