See You Later, Alligator

DIY Skin Care

I have to take extra special care of my hands. I’m constantly working with them and I can’t always avoid harsh chemicals. Unfortunately, that’s a breakout waiting to happen!

The Alligator Breakout

About five years ago, I experienced an alligator-like breakout on the skin of my right hand. It started off bumpy and dry, like most of my breakouts, but then it took a turn for the worse.
I didn’t think much about it, knowing that I’d been working more than usual, and forgot to use my own product. When I woke up the next morning and the breakout had crawled down my arm, my husband was the first to notice and freaked out.
Being a pharmacist, he knows how dangerous allergies can be to someone’s health. Of course, that was not the reaction I needed at the time. All I could think about was how ugly it was and his reaction made me feel ugly.

Covering Up the Evidence

I did what I do when breakouts happen – I put on an extra big sweater that would cover my entire arm and hand and then went to the doctor.
I was given an ointment that burnt the HELLL out of my skin but, needless to say, did not provide me relief. It sent me racing to the sink to wash it off.

Cura Bello to the Rescue

I don’t know why I didn’t turn to my own product first. Learning to listen to my skin and to trust it is a journey that I’m still on. You can read more about that in my first blog post, “Cura Bello: A Journey of Learning and Growing.” Once I got that ointment mess off of my arm, I put Cura Bello on it. I proceeded to use my formula three times a day for a week.
The difference in my skin was amazing! It took about two and a half weeks for that alligator to leave me but it did eventually leave.

Protecting My Skin

Since then, my right hand is still one of the areas of my skin that is more susceptible to a breakout. If I don’t want to invite that alligator back again, I have to keep an eye out and stay alert. I also have to keep Cura Bello handy because I never want to see that alligator again!

Stay Beautiful,