In January 2016 I developed periorbital dermatitis. This manifests as blisters and sores around the chin and up towards the eyes. As someone who for most of my 27 years has had blemish free skin, I was mortified. I had no confidence to go out, couldn’t wear make up to cover it and most importantly could not begin to imagine how I would be able to walk down the aisle at my wedding in 4 months. My GP gave me antibiotics which did begin to have a positive effect however this was to control the symptom and not look at the cause, especially as dermatitis is not an infection.
I was advised to speak to Jane, a well recommended nutritionist as the issue could be coming from my gut! I found the initial phone call daunting and I was sceptical as I knew I had a relatively healthy diet. Jane was so friendly and knowledgeable, logically explaining how many gut concerns can manifest as a skin issue. I had 4 appointments with Jane over 6 months, starting in March. At this stage my skin was significantly improved however I was still taking 4 antibiotics a day and too terrified to stop in case the blisters returned – wedding countdown = 2 months!
Jane analysed my diet and clearly explained the different elements of my routine/diet that could contribute to not only the dermatitis but also my eczema that has been a long term difficulty for me. Although I did have a good diet, Jane was non-judgemental and really understood what was going to be realistic for me to change. The main change to my diet was the elimination of gluten and dairy. It is fair to say I was apprehensive however Jane gave clear handouts and guidance plus fantastic resources for recipes and ideas.
Within 2 months I was clear of the dermatitis and although I had remained on the antibiotics Jane had advised me on supplements to ensure the levels of bacteria in my gut remained good whilst boosting my gut health and immune system. My skin for the wedding was perfect. My make up looked smooth and flawless – I felt a complete princess! I had so many lovely comments on my skin and make up. I had continued to eat gluten and dairy free, now fitting this into my routine without much difficulty.
Once the wedding was over I decided to come off the antibiotics. Jane continued to be supportive and we now worked together to reintroduce gluten and dairy. Jane gave me the guidance to follow and was always approachable, with useful catch ups by telephone to make sure I was on the right track. Surprisingly I reacted to the gluten – I think I still believed that as I had eaten a mixed diet for 27 years that there was no chance I would have an intolerance – the reintroduction proved me wrong with a clear exacerbation of my eczema.
Although I now know what I can and can’t eat I have kept my “new” diet in place as I feel great. My skin is blemish free, my eczema is more controlled and I now don’t bother wearing make up to work. I have the confidence back to dress up and go out with friends and most off all I felt a million dollars on my wedding day with memories I will treasure for ever.
Thank you Jane.
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