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    laser_cat --

    Thank you! That's an interesting idea re: nutritionist. There is at least one if not two dieticians in my neighborhood and I had thought to consult with one at some point in the future. I'll be honest, the constant trips to the endocrinologist, dermatologist, radiologist, and microbiologist have added up and I'm trying to delay adding additional doctors to the mix as long as possible for purely financial reasons. I have to get a mammogram soon as well which is more expense. Although the drugs I'm on are cheap, the skin care products really aren't, I'm spending close to $100 every couple months just on all this fancy French stuff. But if I can work it out financially, I need to see a gynecologist and I'll also need to be checked out by a cardiologist before I join the gym next spring (ANOTHER expense!)... and once I do all that, maybe I can see a dietician as well, but it is starting to get very $$$$ over here. (My insurance only covers prescription drugs and some lab tests, I pay full price for all my office visits because I have chosen to go private.)

    Mistica --

    When I talked to my endocrinologist in early November, I asked him if I should be tested for other nutrient deficiencies (he diagnosed me with total absence of vitamin D in July) and to my surprise, he said 'no - we don't just test for deficiencies because we think we might not be getting enough of x' which I thought was odd especially in light of the fact that he seems to be awfully liberal with tests in general. Maybe because he already knew that all my blood levels and things were perfect and he would have expected to see an indication somewhere (I wouldn't know where, but let's say, he knows I'm not anemic, so that might be reassuring wrt something). I was actually suspicious that I might be low on the B vitamins, because while I am NOT vegan (I eat fish almost every day), I eat such small absolute quantities of food that I thought it might still not be enough.

    As far as macros -- they swing wildly day to day but they are definitely adequate over the course of a week. Some days I get 150g of carbs and other days I get 5g of carbs, I usually get adequate protein and fat. Most of my fat comes from fish and nuts, and some egg yolks and full-fat cheese here and there.

    As for calories, I am in a substantial caloric deficit since June 13. I try to make up for that by eating healthy foods (mostly I eat almonds, small fish, sweet potatoes, peanut butter, Greek yogurt, that kind of thing). With the exception of last week, I really do avoid empty calories altogether. Last week was an anomaly that I HOPE will not repeat! In general I do not suffer from hunger (when I am hungry, I eat), I think because I eat raw almonds every morning which have a strong regulatory effect on my blood sugar levels. But it is certainly fair to say that I am deficient in caloric energy from food, if nothing else. (Though my body has a very abundant supply of adipose tissue to use at will, if it's not too lazy to burn it.)

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    Yesterday I pretty much didn't eat anything and wasn't hungry so maybe it was all hormonal all along... I'm probably early-perimenopausal incidentally which makes it very hard to know which stage of my cycle I am in at any given time, since the calendar provides absolutely no help. Today is day 37 of my cycle so who the heck knows. (That's not even rare or weird for me.) This makes trying to work out whether what my face is doing is hormonally linked even harder than it would be normally.

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    Oof... not a fun update but here we go.

    I was just discharged from the hospital. I was admitted on Wednesday night (2 nights ago) with neurological symptoms on suspicion of early Guillain-Barre Syndrome which it thankfully did not develop into. I was discharged this afternoon and I'm home again. The neurologist and attending physician ruled out every other possible cause and agreed with each other that it was due to a nutritional deficiency and prescribed a pharmaceutical grade B-complex supplement. The doctor who admitted and discharged me disagreed and said it was likely to be psychosomatic (i.e., real physical symptoms with no organic cause) because my B12 and folate blood tests were perfectly normal. Anyway, long story short, I'm not supposed to take any medication by mouth except my nutritional supplements for now so I'm not on the tranexamic acid anymore, because they are being abundantly cautious and want to see what my carcass does in its natural state or something.

    (All the doctors including the one who prescribed it agreed that the tranexamic acid cannot produce the symptoms I had, but it's shelved til probably February.)

    So I'm back to just topicals: Metrogel nightly, and my skincare routine.

    But I have to eat better, (at least seven) doctors' orders. Meaning more quantity, and more varied. Meat and fruit were the two things they asked me to add back into my diet immediately. So, this experiment will reflect that. I will probably start with clementine oranges and whatever other seasonal fruit are in season right now, and for meat ... I don't even know, I haven't eaten meat more than a handful of times over the past few years. I'll just have to see what there is.

    By the way it's quite possible that my mad overeating last week may have been caused by some kind of weird nutritional deficiency. It really didn't feel like a normal "I feel like pigging out" thing, it was like I described, being taken over by my parasympathetic nervous system or something. Well, I may not be able to lose any more weight for a while if I have to do all this but having spent two nights in the hospital, it's not THAT hard to pick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dryad View Post
    Oof... not a fun update but here we go.

    I was just discharged from the hospital. I was admitted on Wednesday night (2 nights ago) with neurological symptoms on suspicion of early Guillain-Barre Syndrome which it thankfully did not develop into. I was discharged this afternoon and I'm home again. The neurologist and attending physician ruled out every other possible cause and agreed with each other that it was due to a nutritional deficiency and prescribed a pharmaceutical grade B-complex supplement. The doctor who admitted and discharged me disagreed and said it was likely to be psychosomatic (i.e., real physical symptoms with no organic cause) because my B12 and folate blood tests were perfectly normal. Anyway, long story short, I'm not supposed to take any medication by mouth except my nutritional supplements for now so I'm not on the tranexamic acid anymore, because they are being abundantly cautious and want to see what my carcass does in its natural state or something.

    (All the doctors including the one who prescribed it agreed that the tranexamic acid cannot produce the symptoms I had, but it's shelved til probably February.)

    So I'm back to just topicals: Metrogel nightly, and my skincare routine.

    But I have to eat better, (at least seven) doctors' orders. Meaning more quantity, and more varied. Meat and fruit were the two things they asked me to add back into my diet immediately. So, this experiment will reflect that. I will probably start with clementine oranges and whatever other seasonal fruit are in season right now, and for meat ... I don't even know, I haven't eaten meat more than a handful of times over the past few years. I'll just have to see what there is.

    By the way it's quite possible that my mad overeating last week may have been caused by some kind of weird nutritional deficiency. It really didn't feel like a normal "I feel like pigging out" thing, it was like I described, being taken over by my parasympathetic nervous system or something. Well, I may not be able to lose any more weight for a while if I have to do all this but having spent two nights in the hospital, it's not THAT hard to pick.
    Dryad - Wow, that must have been scary. Glad you are out of the hospital + your docs did thorough checking ...

    Imo too many docs these days say "psychosomatic" or blame stress when medicine and current diagnostic algorithms cannot adequately explain what's going on. Maybe that's neither here nor there ..

    FWIW when I have severely restricted food intake in the past, I have had abnormal nerve conduction / EMG, etc. It normalizes after increasing / varying food intake. I don't think it matters too much what weight you were to start with -- if your body is shocked and calories are restricted too severely + suddenly. (independent of b12 / folate)

    Be well

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    That's certainly a bump in the road. Glad the tests that were done didn't reveal anything sinister, but I would be listening to your body as to what feels right or not.
    I second Laser_Cat's comments about doctors failing to make an accurate diagnosis and taking the easy and illogical way out - 'psychosomatic' or stress induced.

    Prof Ayers (you can google him) taught me right from the start, ' don't waste your time on doctors who try to convince you there isn't a problem. You need to find one who can determine the cause of your problem. There is always an organic cause for everything that happens in the body. That is the nature of biology'.

    To be fair, you can't test for everything, at least, not outside of a research facility.
    By the way, Prof Ayers is a retired Harvard Biochemist who spent many years lecturing medical students.

    That aside, perhaps you could describe your symptoms?

    I developed some at my worst due to abnormal gut flora ( I was under the care of a gastroenterologist who specialises in gut flora and FMT's).
    Also, I had severe adverse reactions to two drugs, one of which was oral metronizadole. Not only did it worsen my already severe flushing a 1000 fold, it caused widespread paraesthesias and neuropathy.
    The abnormal nerve sensations in my face drove me crazy and seemed to fuel the flushing.
    I realise you are not a flusher, but no doubt have some abnormality with the nerves.

    My b12 levels were elevated prior to the antibiotics and fell to low normal afterwards.
    Folate was normal.
    However, because I never fully recovered from the adverse reaction, it was suggested I try a B complex with active forms of B12 and folate and to my surprise, it helped quite a lot. Similar cases have been reported in the medical literature.

    In addition, tests revealed moderate iodine deficiency which also caused issues.
    Supplementation helped in many ways.

    Abnormal gut flora can cause neurological abnormalities and is slowly being recognised.
    Personally, I do feel you might need to revise your diet and make some modifications, but I am not convinced you need to eat red meat.

    You shouldn't be feeling hungry either, even though you are dieting. That suggests something is amiss.

    I am sure you will work it out. You are very motivated.
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    Thanks laser_cat and Mistica! Okay so here were my symptoms:

    For a couple days before Wednesday I had some numbness/tingling in my feet that would go away and come back. On Wednesday, I noticed that it was significantly worse and didn't go away at all. By about 3pm, it was so bothersome that I went for a walk outside for about half an hour to try to improve my circulation, because I thought that might help. I spent the entire time feeling uncomfortable and hyperfocused on my feet and now my calves as well as they were also numb. After the walk, I noticed that the numbness was affecting the fleshy area around my knees (none of this ever impacted my joints at all) and by 8pm it was all the way up in my glute muscles. My husband came home from work at about 1am and I had been emailing w/ my mom who told me that it was a good idea to go to the ER, so when he came home, I told him that and then I got up to get ready and I was suddenly so dizzy that I couldn't even stand up straight (I kept falling to one side, vertigo I guess). I do get orthostatic hypotension regularly but it passes very quickly, in this case it wasn't passing at all. So we went to the ER and he even had to support me to go in.

    I told the ER doc that I was on tranexamic acid by mouth, and also that I was on a pretty hardcore diet, and that because of work I am up very late usually so 1am is not at all late for me (so I wasn't woozy from being up late).

    He admitted me to the pathology ward because upwardly spreading numbness could be Guillain-Barre (which can be extremely serious if it spreads to the diaphragm, they need to ventilate you if that happens). At around 3am he came to see me in the pathology ward and told me that my blood, urine, and chest x-ray were all good for whatever he tested for but that he wasn't expecting anything to show up there.

    The next day the neurologist saw me and did extensive physical tests (testing whether I could feel xyz, whether my sensation was stronger on one side or the other, etc) and I could feel everything, I didn't have any mobility limitations, but I was unsteady on my feet and the numbness/tingling was still present everywhere and I had been having some pains in my legs and feet as well.

    She asked me if I had had any recent virus or illness and I said that a few days before, I had had a VERY mild sore throat for 18 hours but that's it. She said that in itself would be considered adequate to be a GBS trigger but for other reasons it was unlikely (for example, my reflexes were extremely strong). I was tested for metabolic disease (which had already been ruled out very, very recently by my endocrinologist in his dogged quest to diagnose me with at least insulin resistance, which I don't have) in case it might be diabetic neuropathy, which it definitely was not. (The following day I was put through motor tests including things like walking on my toes and heels, deep bodyweight squats, etc., because MS can cause lower body weakness, but I was pretty good on that. There were some that I couldn't do -- they wanted me to "walk the line" but with my toe touching my heel and I couldn't, but I was able to do the bodyweight squats really well so that satisfied them). They suspected bone marrow disease of one sort or another (myeloma for example) but they ruled that out (sorry I don't remember exactly why, the reason that was on the list of possibilities was because my symptoms were completely symmetrical).

    I think because the neurologist had all the residents and interns with her she went through a lot of other possibilities that she had never seriously considered (like stroke) just to explain to them why it couldn't be those things, but she spent about two hours going through every possible differential diagnosis and ruling things out one by one. They had run about five pages (single-spaced, small print) of blood and urine tests as well as a CAT scan and a chest x-ray. They tested for about 10 kinds of cancer (using blood tests that I didn't know existed), a ton of hematology things, metabolic/lipids, liver function, and on and on. They also tested B12 and folate, because one of the things the attending physician and neurologist had said was that it was quite likely that I was suffering from a form of malnutrition or specific nutrient deficiency.

    (Funny thing -- the lab ran a PSA test on my blood also, which made everyone laugh. PSA is a prostate hormone test for men only. Whoops. My name I guess is not obviously female, because I'm not originally from here.)

    The neurologist put me on intravenous B-complex (including B12 and folate) at a very slow drip starting at about 3pm on Thursday, however she said to have the bag empty in 12 hours, so the nurse adjusted it at around midnight to flow much, much faster, and when I woke up at 3am (when they took out the IV), I felt dramatically better. The numbness had receded from my glutes and legs to just my feet. I also felt much better overall. By 8am, it was just in the soles of my feet. They put me on a second IV at 8am with more of the same. The neurologist, attending, and all the residents/interns came by around noon and spent about 2-3 hours going over everything. They were happy to see me so much improved.

    I showed them the photo of my face in August because I wanted them to understand better why I was on tranexamic acid (they got it). I was discharged around 4pm with instructions to come back immediately if my neurological symptoms returned. My dermatologist had me stop the tranexamic acid to be safe, and just continue the topicals until at least February (I have a big transatlantic trip in January). My endocrinologist wants me to call him next week and if I'm not completely better to come in and we'll do tests, otherwise we'll do them in early January.

    The final diagnosis by the neurologist and attending was something like malnutrition complicated by suspected vitamin B12 malabsorption, which I will follow up on with my endocrinologist. I probably don't have pernicious anemia because my MCV (mean corpuscular volume of my red blood cells) is on the lowish side of normal (and always has been), and I don't have ANY signs of anemia (hematocrit, hemoglobin, etc) in my bloodwork. My vitamin B12 blood test was 475 (normal is 100-700) so definitely not what you would call a deficiency, but sometimes people can have it in their blood and still not be able to use it properly, which is what they suspected in my case.

    The ER doc (who had been present during the neurologist's visit) came back to discharge me and send me on my way, and he said that he believed it was psychosomatic on the basis that my B12 and folate numbers were in the middle of the normal range. Earlier, when the neurologist was finishing up, I asked her if it could be entirely psychosomatic, and she said "No." So they disagreed on that. (For reference, the ER doc was in his 30s and the neurologist was probably in her high 60s and obviously extremely experienced.) Even so... I tend to think it probably was psychosomatic.

    I had been acting externally very blase about the tranexamic acid therapy but the fact is that it is a coagulant and I don't have a coagulation disorder. So I was anxious deep down that I was making myself more likely to suffer DVT or clots. And in fact the attending doc was pissed that I was on tranexamic acid for that reason (she said: "so you're taking a person with no blood issues and making her thrombophilic? That's crazy. Stop taking it.") I suspect (though I don't know) that the dose I was on was so low that a woman taking birth control pills would probably be at higher DVT risk than I was, but the point is that I was aware of this and worried about it. I think that's why I was so focused on my feet. In fact when I went for that walk, the reason I did it was because I was actually worried that I hadn't been moving around enough over the previous few days and was at high risk of DVT, on the same "logic" that a person who is on a long flight might be.

    My symptoms were definitely "real" but I suspect that I was producing them as a result of my own awareness of the DVT risk of taking a coagulant. I'm not exactly proud of that since my symptoms were (1) not on the list of possible side effects of tranexamic acid and (2) not like actual DVT symptoms at all actually, but hey, bodies are weird.

    My skin survived the hospital environment, which I was a little worried about. I had to skip my nighttime skincare routine on Wednesday night (including metrogel), but I was back on track Thursday morning because my husband brought me my stuff. Today my skin is GORGEOUS, I can't stop looking at it. So there was no fallout dermatologically from that mess.

    I was a little worried actually because, since they kept talking about how I was suffering from pre-malnutrition (as in, my blood etc still looks good, but if I keep on, it won't in the future, and how I need to eat fruit and meat and quit starving myself), I had a banana and an orange yesterday, and by bedtime my skin was actually significantly more suffused in the cheeks. I was quite worried about how I'd wake up this morning but in fact I woke up to probably the clearest, whitest face I've had yet. I am going to try to get at least 1 piece of fruit per day, to help me cover my micronutrient needs better.

    I think the reason my B12 was as high as it was, was because of eating fish every single day. Canned fish (the form I eat it in usually) is considered one of the best sources of B12, especially salmon I think, which I usually eat at least several times per week, as well as sardines, anchovies, mackerel, and herring. I also eat eggs (rarely) and small amounts of dairy. So I do get B12, but I think the issue is that I may be malabsorptive (can be gastroenterological, genetic, hematological, or something else, I will have to follow up to find out exactly what if any of those) OR that my overall nutrition is inadequate and so somehow that was causing my absorption to be poor. The main recommendation of the neurologist and attending was "eat more food". I'm also on a 20-day course of B-complex pills.

    I tried to be as complete and detailed as possible here but that means I ended up writing a huge essay, sorry this was so long! I didn't want to leave anything out. Given that I'm not a doctor, I don't really know which pieces are useful and which ones are irrelevant. I was extremely impressed by the hospital, this was my first time being admitted to a hospital in my life except for a scheduled gall bladder removal in 2010, and I had no idea what to expect. This hospital is the public hospital that's located 2 blocks from my house. I was discharged with a bill for $0.00 and sent on my way. It's good to know they're there!

    The numbness and tingling is completely resolved even from my soles as of about dinnertime Saturday night. I ate about 1300 calories yesterday (a considerable improvement as my average over the past 5.5 months was 810 calories/day). I'm supposed to stay off my feet for a week and talk to my endo next week but otherwise, I'm pretty much in the clear. He will get to the bottom of it (I think we actually don't have a hematologist where I live, I thought we did but I think now that it was a hepatologist...) and maybe order more tests to find out what's going on with my B12.

    The neurologist asked if I would feel more comfortable staying the weekend in the hospital and offered to keep me there if I wanted but I was feeling so much better by then that I just wanted to leave. I live so close to the hospital and I control my own schedule and can take as much time off as I need to that she was reassured and let me leave.
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    Dryad:

    Iím relived that you are doing better and that your skin is still looking great.

    Aside from eating salmon, grass fed beef or lamb every day, one thing Iíve done to help boost nutrient density in my diet is to take beef liver supplements. I buy from Ancestral Supplements which can be purchased on Amazon. They are dried into pills so there is no ewwww factor. Liver is one of the most nutrient dense foods on earth.

    Of course, eating is meaningless if youíre not absorbing foods properly. Iíve mentioned in other posts that I take Betaine HCL + digestive enzymes+ ox bile with each meal to improve absorption and fat digestion. I believe you mentioned somewhere that you had your gall bladder removed? If so, you would want to at least add in ox bile since you have no gall bladder to make bile.

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    sg321 yes that's right, gall bladder is dead and buried as of 8 years ago, my liver makes bile but it just can't really store it anywhere. Here in Greece supplements tend to be very expensive, but I am traveling to the USA in January where I will buy up any supplements I need and bring them back, so before my trip I will have to fully research everything as space is limited so I have to choose the most important ones.

    I think my endo is intrigued enough to want to do a variety of tests. I did ask him about pernicious anemia (which is when the b12 can't be used correctly and so it leads to red blood cells becoming too large and they don't work) and he said that was one we could rule out, but there are other reasons behind malabsorption as well.

    I am probably going to start taking a good multivitamin because I obviously don't know how to feed a human adequately.

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    Well, I finally gave RAW tomatoes a try!!

    Raw tomatoes used to be a major, major part of my diet, to the tune of over 1 lb per day every day in summer. I cut out all tomato products to start, then started having small quantities of tomato-based sauces (things like stevia-sweetened ketchup, cocktail sauce, BBQ sauce, etc) which did not cause any problems. I did however notice some flushing after eating canned tomatoes. Yesterday I had a lot of raw tomatoes that had been given to me for free and I thought, what better time to try them... So I made a salad with 480g raw tomato, 25g raw red onion, 20g raisins, 35g reduced fat feta cheese, salt, dried oregano, and black pepper. That's over a pound of raw tomatoes.

    So it's now the next day and I don't think it did anything too terrible to my face. I have been noticing a bit of dryness especially around my hairline and temples (it's been very cold here - weather might be the reason) and my skin, while soft, looks slightly more sensitive/irritated. There are no other factors (no hormonal issues, not eating anything else potentially risky, no exposure to sun, etc) so I think whatever is going on with my skin right now is either tomatoes, or weather, or both. But it's not so bad as to consider it a 'flush' or a 'flare'. More like, it just looks a little more delicate than usual, with some bits of pink here and there.

    I've added a new skincare product, it's beyond mild and won't do anything one way or the other, but for the sake of thoroughness, I'll mention it. I've already been using the Avene Thermal Spring Water spray and the Vichy one, now I've added the Uriage one. I figure they all have slightly different mineral compositions, so variety is good. My dermatologist recommended both the Avene and the Vichy. I saw the Uriage one in the pharmacy when I was reordering all my skincare (sooo expensive, another 85 euros gone!) and picked it up to try. All of these sprays are extremely gentle. Since I don't really let water touch my face (I wash my face by dabbing a micellar water infused cotton disc on it), it feels really nice to spray with these. I use them anywhere from 3-10 times/day. Supposedly they help enrich the skin with elements like sulfur, zinc, and whatnot.

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    I'm really ramping up the veggies now. Doing raw tomatoes, peppers (red and orange so far), and cucumber. I had two big salads with all three today. Fingers crossed I'm okay tomorrow. These are MAJOR staples of my diet and can't wait to include them again.

    Clementines are fine, have been eating them daily for about a week with no issues. Next up on the fruits to try is kiwis. I have them, I'm just waiting to clear the cukes and peppers before I try them.

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    I'm very pleased -- today is the first time I've hit 12 consecutive days with a "1" rating on my skin! I should have a new photo soon, my dermatologist wanted me to send her photos sometime this week. However, I don't think my face is less red than it was a month ago. I think it's the same, just continuing to be very very smooth and well textured, with some minor pink color to it, nothing too noticeable.

    Food update --

    - Kiwis are fine
    - Clementine oranges are fine
    - Cucumber in reasonable quantities (up to 150g at a time) are fine
    - Red, orange, and yellow bell peppers (1 pepper at a time) are fine
    - Raw tomatoes and grape tomatoes (up to 875g at a time!!!) are fine so far -- I'm still a little nervous about this one but continuing to test it out.

    It seems that canned tomatoes may be more of a problem, whereas raw are not?

    I also had a small amount of canned corn and canned black beans without causing a problem, but they weren't a lot, just a few tablespoons.

    I bought a lot of smoked salmon recently so have been eating a lot of that, I think that is very good for me overall, good fish oil, lots of vitamin D, some B12 in there.

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    Skincare update...

    Continuing with the same skincare but adding yet another product: La Roche-Posay Serozinc spray (zinc sulfate mist). So my current skin care routine is as follows:

    MORNING:
    - soak a 100% cotton pad in Bioderma Hydrabio micellar water, wash face. Allow to air dry.
    - spray face with La Roche-Posay Serozinc spray. Allow to air dry.
    - moisturize with 0.5 mL of Uriage D.S. Emulsion sebum regulator.

    THROUGHOUT THE DAY:
    - every 2-3 hours, spray my face with one of 3 facial mists: Avene, Vichy, and Uriage.

    EVENING:
    - Bioderma Hydrabio micellar water again. Air dry.
    - spray face liberally with Octenisept antiseptic spray. Allow to air dry.
    - apply a small amount of Metrogel to the parts of my face that either still have redness or used to have redness.
    - wait 1 hour.
    - moisturize with 0.5 mL of Uriage DS Emulsion.

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    I am using the Serozinc because I have noticed over the past couple days that my face was getting a little shiny throughout the day, especially around my nose and on my cheeks. Serozinc is supposed to help matify a little bit without being irritating (I have to be very picky about what I use on my face...). I trust La Roche Posay as they were approved by my dermatologist for things like makeup, although unfortunately their makeup DOES NOT WORK on my skin, it doesn't irritate it but the lightest shade is far too dark for me AND the foundation (Toleriane Teine mousse foundation) sits weirdly on my skin and shows up as flaky bits scattered on top of a pink base, it looks HORRID and I keep trying to make it work and it doesn't. Too bad because I spent $$$ on La Roche Posay makeup! Their Compact Cream Color Corrector doesn't work either, also far too dark despite being in their lightest shade, and emphasizes all my textural imperfections that are completely invisible without makeup.

    I'm really unsure what to do about the makeup situation... 90% of the time I don't wear any, but after so many years of having terrible skin, I still feel like I should have a foundation that works on my face. I don't want to keep buying them and throwing them away, we don't have the kind of generous return policy that exists in the USA or other places, here once you buy it you pretty much keep it unless it's broken. Testing in a pharmacy simply does not work on someone with the kind of skin I have. I need to be able to test it at my own pace at home, plus I'm a bit terrified of putting tester makeup on my face. So.... I'm at the point where I think I will probably just continue not wearing any makeup on my skin, and if I want to look more put together, I can wear eye/lip makeup... I am not saying that I don't look like I need makeup... I am saying that all foundation that I have tried makes my skin look dramatically WORSE than it started out. So if I start out at like 70% okay, and want to look 100%, foundation makes me look 10%.... It is frustrating.

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