I broke down and went to a dermatologist. I really didn't want to because...well we all know why. They don't believe in TSW and try to force steroids on me every time. I was very firm in telling her no, she then suggested the "cousin to topical steroids" which was protopic. NO! NO! NO!
When the heavier steroids stopped working I turned to the Protopic, which was a miracle. It worked wonderfully! Every three days...until my eczema would come crawling back enveloping my body. Here's a photo of me back in August 2012.
Luckily she took no for an answer and gave me a big ol list of prescriptions, as I had two severe infections. She gave me a bacteria ointment for the scaling around my mouth, a new antibiotic, hydroxyzine (which doesn't help!) and a new skin barrier cream called epicerum. ALL STEROID FREE! She also says my skin barrier is compromised and I need heavy moisturizing. That doesn't work for me. I don't want to. But maybe I'll do this short course of moisturizers and antibiotics and then go back to moisturizer withdrawal. I won't look forward to doing that again. I remember the first week or so was pretty painful, who knows maybe this will be for the better.
Lots of Samples.