By Tram (California, USA)
Eczema & Dermatitis and worsening skin: Using Topical Steroids for 15+ years
I often had eczema flare-ups on my skin as a child and when I was in school I started using over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream (Topical Steroid). Later I was prescribed a mid potency steroid in high school called Triamcinalone, which I was instructed to spread on my skin morning and night. It was given to me for my face and neck, which is where I’ve used it the most.
I reached a point where I would have to keep using more and more to stop my eczema returning. But the maddening thing was, I couldn’t cope without them! Every time I stopped using steroids, my problems came back worse.
I used them for 15+ years until I stopped in October 2019.
Experiencing the horrors of Topical Steroid Withdrawal for 3 months
My skin exploded after stopping using Topical Steroids. I was in a lot of pain and had horrible symptoms such as oozing & split skin, intense flares and a deep itch underneath my skin. I’m sure other Topical Steroid Withdrawal (TSW) sufferers can understand the torment these bring.
I experienced true Topical Steroid Withdrawal for 3 months before I started using JooMo, and in this period my symptoms led me to experiencing social isolation, depression, suicidal thoughts, poor self esteem, lack of motivation to engage in hobbies, weight loss, and difficulties exercising.
Starting the JooMo Skin Recovery Plan - Initially it seemed my skin had regressed
Having heard some wonderful testimonials from other Topical Steroid Withdrawal who had followed a Skin Recovery Plan from a company called JooMo, I did some more research. They had invented a product which enhanced the skin’s natural immune defences, to fight off skin problems and for the first time, their approach made sense, and was backed up by years of research.
Their products were totally natural and preservative free. I decided to buy the recommended products and start the 4-Month Skin Recovery Plan.
My face wasn’t too oozy or inflamed immediately before, but after about 1 week of JooMo use I noticed my face was becoming red and oozy again (similar to how my Topical Steroid Withdrawal journey started).
Within 6 weeks my symptoms had significantly decreased, and my mental health improved greatly
I filled in a questionnaire at six weeks into the plan, and it asked how severe my symptoms were before the plan, compared to now. 10/10 would be the worst and 0/10 was no symptom. I answered:
Before: Oozing: 8, Split skin: 8, Itching: 7, Irritation/burning: 6, Pain: 8, Flaking skin: 3, Flares: 8
6 Weeks of Plan: Oozing: 2, Split skin: 3, Itching: 2, Irritation/burning: 3, Pain: 1, Flaking skin: 5, Flares: 6
My deep itch also improved a lot! Before the plan, I would itch every night, with a severity of 7-9. By six weeks of the JooMo Plan I itched for a short time on my hands every other night, about 5-7. This helped my sleep quality hugely.
My skin was very dry while using JooMo, and at the start it stung a lot on my body. As the plan went on it was obvious that my skin was regaining the ability to regulate its own moisture, and it stopped being so sore and dry after applying. Flaking had also reduced a lot.
As i mentioned previously, going through withdrawal had taken a huge toll on my mental health, but finally, after 6 weeks, I felt like a fully functioning human again!. The flares, however, still took their toll.
By 4 months many of my symptoms, such as oozing and split skin, had disappeared
By the time I reached 4 months, my skin had improved a huge amount with consistent use. Where the skin is healed it is the smoothest it’s *ever* been, and that is without using any moisturiser!
The numbers below are used to describe the severity of my symptoms after 4 months using JooMo. They are shown in the graph in Figure 7 to the right hand side.
4 Months Ooze: 0, Cracks: 0, Pain: 0, Poor sleep: 0, Depression: 0, Dryness and redness: 2, Itching, Inflammation: 1, Flares: 1, Irritation & Burning: 1.
Flares: I continue to see improvement and I only ever flare now when I eat sugar.
Itching/Itching Attacks: Before the plan I had itch attacks all day and all night. I itched every night during months 2 and 3 of JooMo, but now I don’t itch at all.
Dryness/Flakeyness of Skin: It used to be vary flakey and powdery, then it started to only appear in patches, now it’s just around my mouth, upper neck, and inner elbow area. But the dryness is minimal and not too visible.
Sleep Quality: My sleep quality was a 2 (out of 10) before the plan and is now near perfect, at 9! On days when I’m having a small flare, the tender spots are itchy and hurt but once I fall asleep I am fine.
How it feels using JooMo: Now it does not cause any stinging or pain unless I let it sit for a couple minutes before rinsing. But it is very mild.
My skin and mental health was transformed due to JooMo
No more depression and anxiety! My mental state is back to normal and I don’t think about the pain or my skin as much during work. It is not a disruptive thought. I can focus on engaging in hobbies rather than just trying to survive through the day.
I sleep really well throughout the night. My daily mental and physical pain was a 9 (out of 10) before starting JooMo, but is now a 1.
The skin that has healed completely does not flare when I eat sugar, just the parts that still continue to heal. And those areas are now the smoothest they’ve ever been, and that’s still without lotion!
Addendum: a message from The JooMo Twins
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After seeing the life-changing improvement in Tram’s skin and health, it makes us even more determined to help the many thousands or millions still suffering needlessly.
We are overjoyed to see Tram rewarded for her dedication, and we admire her commitment, even through tough times.
It shows how CRUCIAL it is to realise that, just like a fitness programme, our plan is a long-term lifestyle change. The behind-the-scenes microbiome and immune system strengthening work of JooMo is then given the time it needs.
Congratulations, Tram! You are a graduate of our 4-Month Skin Recovery Plan. Here’s to happiness and more improvements!