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Yesterday, I talked about food and anxiety. Today I’ll talk about food and my face.

Ugh. Seriously, I hate this, but many years ago I started getting red patches on my face. My skin would get rough and slightly puffy, and no amount of washing or moisturizing would make it better. The best I could hope for was to scrub my face so hard it all turned red. My wife had it, too. The best our doctors could manage was “You should wash your face,” which… yeah.

Eventually, things would get so bad that those red patches would start to peel. Yeah, I had face dandruff. Sorry, ladies, I’m taken.

Then came that nutritionist I mentioned in the post previous to this one. She suggested we cut out salicylates and gave us a list. (The amines I mentioned last time were a side conversation; this was the real subject of the meeting.) The biggest foods we had to cut? Tomatoes, peppers, vinegar, berries, peanuts, and so on. That right there covers 70% of all the meals I ate.

Tomatoes! Do you know how many delicious things I love that have tomatoes in them? And peppers were the food I used to add flavor to “healthy” meals when I was trying to cut calories. But still, vinegar has been the hardest to quit, because we eat so many salads; there’s only so many times you can eat green goddess or ranch in a row.

Lately, we’ve found a regimen that seems to be working: I wash with a fancy soap, then sesame oil, then a scrubbing washrag, then “wash” my face with honey and warm water. It sounds weird, but it works. Over the last few days, my wife has decided that what we need is salt water. It sounds thin to me, but I’ve learned not to doubt her.

Tomorrow, my horrible allergy.

Mirrored from Harry Connolly. You can comment here but not there.


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May. 13th, 2015 08:40 pm (UTC)
One of my sons has that issue and the doctor said it was caused by the dandruff from his scalp irritating his face and prescribed medicated shampoo. That did the trick.
May. 14th, 2015 04:28 pm (UTC)
I'm glad that worked for him.
May. 14th, 2015 08:13 am (UTC)
between allergies and sensitivities, food is a minefield.

My latest, because I am allergic to trees is to avoid added cellulose in foods, yes.. in foods.. like grated cheese has it for stability. Nummy, ground up trees..
May. 14th, 2015 04:29 pm (UTC)
That's weird and awful.
May. 14th, 2015 06:16 pm (UTC)
yeah, its exciting at times too, cuz it triggers my IBS. My sulfa allergy on the other hand is the most pervasive one, forms of it are in just about everything, soap, food, cleaning products, medications, the list is just ever expanding.
May. 15th, 2015 06:14 am (UTC)
Whoa. All I can say is "Good luck."
May. 15th, 2015 06:30 pm (UTC)
I am probably allergice to that too.. grin.
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