And then I blogged about how it improved with some Burt's Bees, so I'd written it off as exposure to wind and cold temperatures?
Fact is, the problem is still plaguing me, I've just been managing it. I need to keep the eye skin moisturized with ointment, clean it off 2 or 3 times a day and put on more ointment, make sure not to get any ointment on my actual eyeballs or else the puffies really take hold... Add that the "condition" makes the lines around my eyes deeper than usual - like I need THAT!
Anyways, this was my miserable self last Saturday. My eyes were SO irritated, all I could think to do was take a pitiful selfie:
|complete with forehead zit|
I began to wonder if maybe I was having an allergic reaction. After all, it feels like I've been motorboating some latex boobs. Not that I've ever motorboated ANY boobs - and don't ask me how I know I have an allergy to latex - it's just what I imagine would happen if I were to do such latex boob motorboating.
So, in my desperate, pitiful state, I decided to begin an elimination diet. I would start by eliminating certain common allergen foods and see if doing so made any difference. I've begun with peanuts since peanuts are a common allergen, and I eat more than my fair share.
Really, peanuts are everywhere! In my peanut butter, in my snack bars, in my trail mix. I've never had an allergy problem with them before, but maybe I've developed one in my old age. Like the latex thing *ahem*.
So, I think it was Saturday afternoon, I ate my last peanut.
Here's a few minutes ago.
|Yah, I've since had a haircut (zit remains)|
Better? Actually, blogger is somehow helping me out with the smoothing, because the photo I took doesn't look as smooth on my computer, but I'm going with this... But STILL, the original "after" is better than the pitiful "before".
Honestly, though, I don't think it's the peanut-free living. I can feel the itchy-puffy-irritated potential just beneath the calm surface, ready to burst forth. I've just been more attentive to managing it these last few days.
But I guess I'll keep up the experiment for a while longer and see if real improvement happens. It's not like I'm missing peanuts or anything.
(Just keep telling myself that).