Cushing’s disease has many ways to lower our self-esteem, and self-care is key to restoring our confidence. I experienced symptoms such as weight gain, purple streaks, moon face, buffalo hump, and even acne. All of these issues combined meant that I no longer felt beautiful.
With Cushing’s disease, weight loss can be nearly impossible due to high levels of cortisol in the body. Exercising seemed hopeless because no matter how hard I tried, my appearance did not change.
Because I couldn’t lose weight, I started looking for other ways to feel good about myself and decided to invest in affordable skincare. By taking care of my skin, I was able to better manage its appearance. (I should note that hormonal acne won’t go away until the underlying hormonal issue is resolved.)
Please note that I am not a doctor and it is always a good idea to consult your dermatologist before trying any new skin care products. That said, I would like to share some of the products that helped my skin look a little better while I was battling Cushing’s disease.
For my cleanser, I used the Hero Cosmetics Clear Collective Exfoliating Jelly Cleanser. The exfoliating properties were essential for my Cushie skin. Then I would do a facial using either the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay or The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Exfoliating Scrub Solution. I had to remember to wear sunscreen because the scrub solution can make your skin more susceptible to ultraviolet damage.
After the treatment, I would use The Ordinary 2% + B5 Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Serum and CeraVe Daily Moisturizer with SPF, or Sun Protection Factor.
For me, the routine is meditative, like a ritual. Self-care gives me time to connect with myself and practice self-love.
By creating a skincare routine, I started to regain my confidence. Soon I was focusing on other parts of my body that were also affected by Cushing, like my wild, curly hair that had become brittle and dry and was breaking, falling out, and not retaining any length at all. But this is another story !
The journey to self-love and self-confidence despite this terrible disease doesn’t have to involve leaps and bounds. Taking the time each day to connect with yourself through something as simple as skincare can put you on the right track.
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