Secondly, I was there for a follow-up and to talk to her about my recent flare. I was pleased that there was no mention whatsoever of wanting me to go back on steroids. Also, she was excited about some kind of water therapy and is going to send me some info. She respects my position on TSW and seemed very interested when I mentioned the latest topical steroid study being conducted by the NEA.
I know this is a touchy subject, but I wanted to talk to her about moisturizer withdrawal as well. She was emphatic that there is no way I should not be using moisturizers for one reason: My skin barrier is compromised. She said it is essential I keep my skin moisturized and soft and with a barrier of Vaseline. She was pretty concerned about fissures in my feet and took a biopsy and is putting me on a round of antibiotics.
This was my third attempt at moisturizer withdrawal, and for me it’s a no go. Maybe later when my skin is in better shape. Every time I have tried it my condition has become dramatically worse, and I am convinced that this last attempt has put me into a flare spiral that is going to be tough to recover from.