June 04, 2021 • bachelor insider
Kristina Schulman Gets Real About Her Skin Struggles in 'Emotional and Unfiltered' Post
Kristina Schulman took to Instagram on Thursday to shed light on the skin struggles she’s faced over the last few years.
“Raw, emotional, and unfiltered,” she began in her caption, accompanied by a video featuring photos of herself at different stages in her journey with perioral dermatitis.
“This morning I woke up feeling down, overwhelmed, sad, and defeated,” the Bachelor Nation star continued. “For the past few days I stayed quiet and off social media in hopes that I’ll reach mental state where I can share my skins journey + progress — that progress hasn’t come... just yet.”
Kristina went to explain why she decided to come forward with her dermatological challenges.
“After years of quietly dealing with perioral dermatitis (PD) I wanted to open up and share my journey,” she wrote. “In late December of 2020 many of you have responded to my IG stories with your own personal struggles and what has helped you to either cope or treat the condition. I listened, researched, and took the advice that seemed fitting for me.”
According to WebMD, perioral dermatitis — a condition most commonly seen in young women — is a facial rash in which bumps develop around the mouth.
Kristina noted that she went on a dairy- and gluten-free diet to help her skin heal. However, it didn’t provide significant attenuation of her symptoms.
“Nonetheless, I kept up with my dietary changes, introduced an anti-inflammatory diet, I eliminated SLS products, I wash my sheets with Hypoallergenic detergent, I wash my makeup brushes & eliminated makeup products that I sensed may have caused my flare ups,” she elaborated. “I reserved to using only a gentle cleanser, light moisturizer, and occasional Aquaphor mask.”
Kristina’s post included footage of her skin in present day. “But here we are, still struggling with random flare ups that hurt, itch, burn, feel very dry and tight,” she added.
The franchise alum revealed that she has an upcoming appointment scheduled with her dermatologist to revisit treatment plans. “This time I hope to be better prepared and offer some knowledge in return,” she wrote.
Kristina concluded her post by letting followers know that she hopes to “create a community” for those who are suffering similarly.
“While I know I am not alone in this or with this condition (which is very tricky to treat since triggers are different for each individual) I hope we can create a community where we can openly share our journey and success stories — in this post I share my journey, by no means is this medical advice,” she wrote. “Thank you all for the love, the support, and advice that you’ve shared with me. Going to keep you posted.”
See Kristina’s entire post below.
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