Day 8: Skin Microbiota

A few months after being given the Cipro IV, my skin aged about 10 years in a matter of weeks. I developed acne and Blepharitis, and my body odor changed, vascilating between sweet and really dank, and my hair started to feel dirty and smell really bad. Even the roots of my eyebrow hairs started to hurt and get infected.

The sweet odor is gone as I’ve gotten a handle on the worst of the yeast overgrowth. My skin has recovered microbes in the normal fashion, through touching and hugging and kissing other people, but I still suffer from regular rashes on my neck and back and my eyelashes still get crusty in spite of scrubbing them well. I decided to include my skin and eyes in my microbiome rebuilding project.

Today I prepared my bed as a nest for encouraging new microbiota, with clean sheets and blankets. I soaked in a mineral bath for an hour, and scrubbed my eyelashes well, then rinsed my hair and body with a quarter cup of raw apple cider vinegar in 2 cups of water, working it down to the roots of my hair.

Then I towel dried and used a half ounce of human breast milk all over, especially in the nape of my neck where my worst rashes start, along my eyelashes and eyebrows, and on my toes where I battle fungus that causes painful peeling.

Then I went to bed to type this. I’m hoping that whatever transfers to my sheets will continue to innoculate me until the next time I change my sheets.

I have some cloths in my bag, and I as I interact with each of my insanely healthy friends (especially those who’ve recently traveled overseas) I’ll ask them to scrub their skin with a cloth, which I’ll then sleep with in the hopes that their microbiota will help rebuild the diversity in my microbiome.