My doctor warned me that this new chemo would give me acne and though I already had developed a skin rash from my previous treatment, I still didn’t believe her. And yet here I am-too embarrassed to step outside now that I have horrific pustules all over my face! I have them in my ear canal and my scalp too.
For somebody who has always taken care of my skin and who has had nothing more than blackheads in my teen years, this is absolutely shocking! I will begin a course of anti-biotics today to help but in the meantime and to help my skin along topically, I made a face wash.
I made it using the “folk method” which means that there were no precise measurements. My aim was for equal parts of the herbs.
1 part calendula -anti-inflammatory
1 part echinacea-anti-inflammatory and anti bacterial
1 part yarrow-antiseptic, wound healer
Steeped in approximately 3 cups of boiling water in a French Press. Note to self….make less next time.
Once cooled, apply frequently by dabbing gently with a cotton ball. If you have pimples or pustules, do not rub. If you have time, try this formula as a compress-soak a clean flannel cloth in the tea and ring out slightly, then place over affected area while you sit back and relax.
My breakouts can only be controlled and will continue the entire 3 months that I am on this treatment. My concern is that my skin will be destroyed by the time it can heal. So I am working on making it more resilient and giving it a fighting chance to not scar.
My next project is a frankincense lotion but I am having some trouble gathering supplies. Every time I think I am ready I discover I have the wrong thing or not enough of the right thing!
This might seem like an added burden-but I love formulating herbs and oils and I have always taken care of my skin. Its just that now, I have acne which I am not familiar with on a personal level. However, the side effects of this chemo regiment are at a minimum compared to the last treatment. I am not nauseated constantly. I have a sense of taste in my mouth that is normal. I am not going to lose my hair. I am not as tired. It won’t affect my white blood cell count so not going into isolation again.
Do you make home treatments for your skin?