A picture is worth a thousand words, we all know this. So pictures of Tinea Versicolor can go a long way to describing the affects it has on the skin of so many people throughout the world.
Now imagine if the pictures of Tinea Versicolor were of you personally, taken regularly over time. You’d have to agree that many pictures tell a story, namely the life-story of your own skin.
I’ve often mentioned keeping a journal or logbook to detail the daily actions you take to treat Tinea Versicolor, but I never have really expanded on the subject. Recently I was asked to by a visitor to the website. (Thanks Kay.)
A photo-journal taken daily of the problem areas of your skin, in time will clearly illustrate the subtle machinations that would normally go unnoticed.
Now add to this an accounting of certain activities for each day, and you will find yourself with a history of indisputable evidence, which becomes a valuable reference of personal cause and effect.
I consider this the closest thing to taking a scientific approach to treating Tinea Versicolor. It has proven a powerful tool, especially whenever I try a new product on my skin, as it eliminates relying on memory and guessing.
I record an entry into my journal once every-day, after I have showered and applied my treatment. Below is a list of items I consider important to include in my entry.
Items to record:
- photos of my problem areas
- products used, and the amount used (to treat Tinea Versicolor)
- my sweat index (amount of sweat throughout the day rated 1-10, 1 being no sweat)
- my heat index (peak body-temperature throughout the day rated 1-10, 5 being average)
- stress level (rated 1-10, 1 being no stress)
- diet for the day (list of foods and drinks)
I use an android app on my smartphone called Journey (Journal,Diary) that consolidates everything I need to manage my records in one easy place.
iPhone users could use something like My Diary – Journal.
It is amazing to scan the journal and follow the progress of my skin condition utilizing different products and techniques, and the overall effectiveness on my skin. I can easily determine whether a product I’m using is working, and what happens when I increase the regularity of my routine. I notice how external conditions such as stress level, foods and the seasons effect my skin.
Start building your own detailed journal, if you haven’t already. Include whatever items to record that you’d like to track over time for effectiveness in your own case. Make it part of your daily routine and I’m sure you’ll find this a valuable tool in your arsenal against Tinea Versicolor.
Please leave a comment below, if you have any suggestions or additions to the list I provided.
Found a better app for the job? Let us know in the comments.