The only change in my routine was my diet. I had eliminated coffee, carbs and sugar. I was also taking Maximized Living's Daily Detox. I naturally came to the conclusion that the rash could be a result of toxins leaving my body. I began to search for evidence to support this notion. Although I found a few articles that supported this, most were vague and flimsy in their support. This article from Livestrong was the best I found but it gave me no solution for my problem.
I started eating parsley and making detox tea in hopes to speed up the detox process and thus heal my skin however the rash has gotten worse instead of better. I have added coffee, sugar and carbs back into my diet but only in limited amounts (I've gone from drinking 1-2 pots of coffee a day to 1-2 cups!). I also find myself rubbing my eyes. A LOT, which doesn't help.
Last weekend I was reading about the benefits of combining honey and cinnamon for acne and other skin ailments. I made a paste using 1 part cinnamon to 2 parts honey and applied it to the red skin that was furthest from my eye (I avoided the rash that is nearest the eye, just next to my eyelashes, as the thought of cinnamon stinging my eyeball sounded very unpleasant). This paste seemed to sooth the rash but it was a bit sticky.
Next experiment involved squeezing Vitamin E out of a capsule and applying it around my eyes. This too was soothing yet sticky. The stickiness caused me to rub my eyes even more. Despite my rubbing, the Vitamin E seemed to help. My solution was to mix in a little jojoba oil and olive oil.
1 tsp. jojoba oil
1/2 tsp. olive oil
9 Vitamin E capsules (with "juice" squeezed out)
I've applied this oil several time throughout the day. After three days of using my new "skin oil" the rash seems to have lessened. The skin is still red and burns a little but it has improved. In my research I also learned that Vitamin E is beneficial for:
- Cold sores
- Wrinkles and dry skin (guess I'll add this to my "beauty regime"!)
- Reducing scars and stretch marks
- Minor sunburns