I got daunting red patches on my face. Here’s what happened and how to avoid it

Have you experienced that daunting red and dry patches all over your face?

It started on February I woke up bothered and noticed something freakish on my face. When I glanced at the mirror I was startled and dismayed; there are red patches strewed on my face. It was horrible. Itchy and painful. I wonder how I’ve got those red, itchy, and dry skin patches all over my face? Probably in the swimming pool? dust? bed sheet? Did I eat something last night?

WHAT’S GOING ON?

I was anxious and went to the Dermatologist. He gave me a topical cream for my face, after two weeks it’s still there. I was distressed thence I consulted another Dermatologist and she recommended a different cream for my face, still didn’t work. Feeling forlorn, I tried to ignore but you know when you have a skin problem especially on your face, you’ll feel dispirited and wretched. You will lose your self-esteem because it’s noticeable and embarrassing. Most of the time, I don’t feel like talking to anyone. It causes me angst. There were times I skip Bible Studies and Church services.

Nevertheless, I’ve realized there’s no reason to feel sheepish. It will fade away. There is no forever, anyway. (yeah!sounding a little nasty here! Haha! )

My colleague recommended another Dermatologist. After checking my face, my doctor abruptly advised doing a Phototherapy treatment.

So, what is a Phototherapy treatment?

It’s actually a light therapy, means treatment with special kind of light. It is prescribed to treat special skin problems. The most common type of phototherapy is narrowband ultraviolet B (UVB) light. It uses a special machine to emit UVB light, which is the best part of natural sunlight for treating special cases of skin problems.

I was reluctant at first, nervous to go inside the cabin surrounded by artificial lamps.

When I was inside the cabin the Nurse started the procedure, after two minutes, it’s done. (*sigh*). I need to do the treatment twice a week for one month.

Then, I’ve realized one thing: I need Vitamin D from the sun.

I feel culpable about it, every time I go outside I thought it’s mandatory to put sunblock or lotion with SPF 30++. I didn’t realize that sun is very beneficial to our health.

ENJOY THE SUN

Most people feel a great deal better when the sun shines. They are more cheerful, effervescent, able to deal with everyday problems – and they notice that other people are happier, too. Sunshine is beneficial to our health. The human body uses sunlight to create Vitamin D, which protects against heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis and some types of cancer. Plus, it’s long been recognized that sunshine (specifically bright light, rather than warmth) improves mood, by raising the level of serotonin product by the brain.

Aim for a good balance; enough sun to enjoy its health benefits. But not so much that it damages the skin. I wake up around 7:00 to 7:30 in the morning to expose my face to the sun. If you are working from 9 am to 6 pm, going office early and leaving after sunset you hardly get sunshine. A rough guide to sensible exposure is 10 to 15 minutes of low-intensity sun on the arms, legs, hands or face, twice a week. After the treatment and exposing my face to the sun for 10 to 15 minutes every day it’s almost gone.

ALWAYS MOISTURIZE

After taking a bath put on moisturizer when your skin is still damp. That way, the moisturizer is trapping the moisture still on your skin. Choose the best moisturizer for your skin, for me, I use Cetaphil (This is not a sponsored post).  Be fussy when it comes to make-up. Try to use products that are non-comedogenic.

Always Smile. LAUGHTER is the sweetest medicine for mind and body.

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27 Comments

  1. Great post. I have a very fair skin complexion and avoid the sun as much as I can. Thanks for paying attention to the fact that the sun in appropriate doses can be healthy. I read with pleasure.

  2. Wow, never heard anyone suffer from red patches before. Quite informative. Yes the sun is a life-giving source, wish more people were aware of this. You have a beautiful smile and should keep using it. Lovely and helpful read, thanks for sharing x

  3. I can relate to feeling embarrased when things pop up on you. 3 weeks ago I had some bumps that turned into what looked like brushes and it scared the bijeesie outta me. The doctors said I would be okay and its nothing to worry about. Anyways, I’m happy you’re okay now and thank you for sharing your story.

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