If you’ve been following my IG feed, you may have noticed some posts wherein I talked about a horrid face rash. As it turns out, it was more than a face rash.
I had an allergic reaction to new antibiotics which led to acute Angioedema* which, in turn, caused me to go into anaphylactic shock around a fortnight back. I couldn’t breathe and was gasping. Thankfully, I was actually at the doctor’s that very moment and they were able to administer an epinephrine shot. Dramatic, I know.
Post that, my face has been a field of redness, swells and welts. That’s the angioedema speaking.
The image above is how I looked after a stint at the ER and several hours of being fed steroids intravenously. Before my face poofed up. Before I looked like I had mumps and resembled an Asian dumpling, which is just about what I see in the mirror right about now 🙂 but inflated face aside, I am SO pleased that all the redness is now gone. My skin is approximately 85% back to what it used to be, and I wanted to share with you what products I used to nurse it back to health.
This, my friends, is my holy grail of rejuvenating-and-resurrecting-skin-which-has-been-tortured-by-angioedema-products. Let me tell you why I would genuflect before each and every single one of them, on a daily basis, and why I would not hesitate to recommend them to you, be it in your hour of skin need or on a regular, skincare basis.
Under normal circumstances, I already have hyper sensitive skin (I have weekly injections of Xolair to keep my IGE levels from going higher than the 6000 odd they currently are), but throughout the Angioedema episode, the skin on my face was absolutely raw and red. It hurt to be touched. It hurt even when I wasn’t touching it. Like burnt skin. Even a tiny twitch would set off countless waves of pain. The skin felt taut and parched and stretched beyond belief. Still, I knew I had to keep it clean in order for the healing process to begin. These wipes were such a godsend. So so soothing and gentle even as they cleansed my face thoroughly. Moisturising and cleansing. Never once did I feel as though my skin had been stripped dry. A single wipe was sufficient for my entire face and neck, which makes them affordable and nifty to carry around.
I’d heard miracle stories a-plenty of this thingy. All proclaiming the virtues of the Su:m37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick, a facial cleanser laced with rose petals and fermented Damask rose. From our virgin encounter, it quickly became “the way, the truth, and the light” for me where the second step of cleansing was concerned. Particularly during the Angioedema episode. Hailing from Korea (but, of course), the Su:m37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick is a facial cleanser in the form of a stick, encased within a twist-up style applicator. It’s loaded with moisturising plant oils and other ingredients which, collectively, are believed to contain powerful anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, treat atopic dermatitis and acne, and promote wound healing. Guess what? It truly lives up to its name of being a miracle stick. Cleansing my face during and post Angioedema felt like an act of luxury rather than of discomfort and pain. And I’m positive the Su:m37 Rose Cleansing Stick went a long way towards helping my face heal. I truly do. Sidenote: some also use it as a make-up remover, I’ve personally never tried but hey, a 2-in-1? Can it get any better?
SK-II Facial Treatment Masks $135 for a pack of 10
During Angioedema, I used these Pitera-soaked 100% Cotton Masks twice daily for the first two weeks. and they were heavenly. Hydrating my skin beyond belief, providing instant relief even as they nourished and aided in the healing process. Only recently have I tapered it to once a day. In about a week, I’ll taper it further to once every other day until I reach my regular schedule of twice weekly. I did not follow the instructions, to be candid. I would gently massage the mask while it was on my face, in circular motions, continuously, until the mask was dry and all the Pitera lotion had been absorbed into my skin. I swear, this mask is a touch of heaven and stopped me from sobbing on many occasions during that period of time. Yes, they’re pricey but I would spend that money all over again because they’re worth more than what I paid for the results they delivered.
Putting on moisturiser was agonising for the first two, three weeks. And yet the skin could not be left dehydrated because (a) it wouldn’t heal; and (b) there would be scars. Meet the one product you must have if your skin is going through scarring or extensive peeling or is simply in need of renewing and/or healing – SK-II Facial Treatment Essence. It contains 90% Pitera, the main ingredient used to enhance the skin’s renewal process, as well as nourishing vitamins, amino acids, minerals, and organic acids, all of which promote a healthy skin cell renewal cycle. I would gently pat it on my face whenever needed, which averaged every 30-45 minutes. My daughter has also been using it post the removal of a cyst on her face and I have to tell you, her scar is rapidly vanishing.
In lieu of moisturisers, I would spray my face with this every hour or thereabouts. Comprised of 90% snail slime extract which increases cell regeneration, this spray claims to also encourage cell regeneration and heal damaged skin. And I believe it does. After about a week of using it, the affected areas of skin began to dry up and peel (a vital factor in the healing process), and (used in tandem with the others I’ve listed) I began to see visible results from using the spray.
Which leads me to where I am today 🙂
I’m still not 100% but I’m getting there and I’m so relieved. Do you have any miracle products in your arsenal that you’d like to share?
* I was recently diagnosed with Autoimmune Chronic Urticaria and Autoimmune Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, and if you Google the two disorders, you’ll read about Angioedema which makes up the unholy triad 🙂 in addition, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (or SLE) has also been added to the mix so sussing out the right formula of skincare products has become an imperative step in my life.