Just wanted to update that I've had a flare up since my last post. In fact, it started the same day that I wrote about how well I was doing!
It's already starting to subside quite a bit, but the skin on my face/neck/chest--which had recently been looking nearly-normal--broke out in pink spots & patches. It was nowhere close to how bad it had been during previous flares, but still frustrating, nonetheless. The itchiness & hypersensitivity felt unbearable even though it really wasn't any worse than anything I've already experienced. I think it just hit me a little harder on the emotional side of things, because I was really starting to think that I was coming up on the end of the tunnel and I thought that I wouldn't experience any more unbearable flares anymore. Live and learn, I suppose.
I was racking my brain trying to figure out what might have caused the flare to happen.... but, truly, nothing about my diet or lifestyle changed. I didn't make any slips from my diet, my stress levels were pretty low.... I can't think of anything that was different. Perhaps it was a hormonal shift or something that I'm not able to realize. Or, perhaps there is some truth to what people say about flares happening for no rhyme or reason?
Here's two pictures:
Despite the flare, I still believe that everything that I've been doing (diet and otherwise) is helping my body to heal faster & more completely, so I will stay the course.