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Thinner hair, breaking nails, dry skin, dark circles under eyes.. thank you ED! :o(


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Sorry for all those topics, lol. I just really want to get better, and I'm trying all I can..!!

My hair use to be really thick, curly and big. It still is, but with less more volumen compared to pre ed. It worries me, that I suddenly can see a big difference.. I manage to put a small hair-band around it, which was IMPOSSIBLE before, coz it was so big. :o( My curls are also starting to fade out a tad..

When will it start getting thicker and shiny again? How far in recovery will u have to be, before u start seeing a change with hair and nails etc?

My hair is something I take big pride in. And I would be devastated if it wont be repaired in recovery..

I think Hedgren wrote something about it in one of her posts. But I'd like to hear the experience of others..

Any advices?

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I've the hair problem too. I didn't really notice hair loss for the first couple months of anorexia, but it became worse when I started gradually eating more. It's still quite bad and falls out in clumps at the slightest tug/is really dry and tangle-prone. Dark circles, I have 'em when I sleep late which is almost every day, so it doesn't bother me much. My nails immediately started looking more ~pink~ and healthy when I started eating more, and my skin became less dry etc. I'm very worried for my hair though. :( 

I lost a ton of hair during my ED.  I literally got bald spots.  It looked horrible.  I started recovery in November, and it took a few months for my body to realize it wasn't starving anymore, but when it did, the hair did grow back.  In the mean time, I cut it short, which gave it the appearance of having more volume.  Now, it's a lot more 'normal' looking: no bald patches.  :)  It might take time, but it will grow back.

I had TERRIBLE dry skin, especially my hands. Probably because I had weird OCD about washing my hands during my ED. I'm not like this anymore, so I know it was ED related. Part of me thinks that if food got on my hands for too long it would absorb into my skin and make me gain weight. That's how effed up I was.

As for my hair, it didn't start 'falling out' until a couple months into the restricting. Now, it still falls out. I had extremely thick hair, which is probably why it was never super noticeable when it started falling out, but I did lose a ton. Unfortunately, I still lose a lot now. I'm at a healthy weight.

 

Original Post by livinallnatural:

I had TERRIBLE dry skin, especially my hands. Probably because I had weird OCD about washing my hands during my ED. I'm not like this anymore, so I know it was ED related. Part of me thinks that if food got on my hands for too long it would absorb into my skin and make me gain weight. That's how effed up I was.

As for my hair, it didn't start 'falling out' until a couple months into the restricting. Now, it still falls out. I had extremely thick hair, which is probably why it was never super noticeable when it started falling out, but I did lose a ton. Unfortunately, I still lose a lot now. I'm at a healthy weight.

 

Ugh.. I can relate so much to this..! I remember the times I used to go to the public swim-hall.. (i went there regularly at some point.) All the chlorine in the water made my hair soooooo dry and tangled, when I showered afterwards. I could easially get out 1-2 handful of loose hair, without trying too hard. Sometimes really embaressing to see all the hairs in the wastegrates... comming from me only, lol.

Perhaps, its also something to do with colouring my hair too much...?

How can it be you still loose a lot of hair now you're at a healthy weight? Maybe your body needs to get better used to a healthy weight?

 

Original Post by livinallnatural:

I had TERRIBLE dry skin, especially my hands. Probably because I had weird OCD about washing my hands during my ED. I'm not like this anymore, so I know it was ED related. Part of me thinks that if food got on my hands for too long it would absorb into my skin and make me gain weight. That's how effed up I was.

Same here!!! 

The OCD was actually independent of the ED; I have had a phobia of germs/contamination for as long as I can remember.  But the lack of protein and fat during my ED made my skin 10x worse.  Obsessive hand washing + protein deficient diet = cracked, bleeding hands.

And BTW, you are not alone on the lotion thing.  I refused to apply lotion for the same reason.  Actually, I still have that fear to some degree.

So sorry for you Clxxra and Adrienne, that you've gone through the same struggles.

Its so sad with all the consequences of this horrible illness.

Clxxra: I think the best medicine so far is a consistant intake of food. Your body needs every piece of energy to heal properly from all the damage. (both internal and external.) I heard that it should also be good to incooporate an extra supply of fats in the mealplan. So I try to focus on that too.

Adrienne:  I'm glad to hear that your hair did grow back, after some time, where your body began to realize that you didnt starve it anymore. Must have been awful to discover those bald spots!

So maybe I have to give it a chance of a cpl of months with a more stabile food-intake, to see what happens. :)

Original Post by _adrienne_:

Original Post by livinallnatural:

I had TERRIBLE dry skin, especially my hands. Probably because I had weird OCD about washing my hands during my ED. I'm not like this anymore, so I know it was ED related. Part of me thinks that if food got on my hands for too long it would absorb into my skin and make me gain weight. That's how effed up I was.

Same here!!! 

The OCD was actually independent of the ED; I have had a phobia of germs/contamination for as long as I can remember.  But the lack of protein and fat during my ED made my skin 10x worse.  Obsessive hand washing + protein deficient diet = cracked, bleeding hands.

And BTW, you are not alone on the lotion thing.  I refused to apply lotion for the same reason.  Actually, I still have that fear to some degree.

Uffff! same here, to some extent.. :o(

My hair was also very thick, and started falling out. I'd pass my hand in my hair and literally entire strands would come out. But people only noticed after a few months. (On top of that I had trichotillomania, only made things worse. Kicked the habit tho now haha) I took biotin supplements which worked for a while, but they stopped giving any kind of effect.

At the beginning of recovery, the hair fall only got worse: Of course it was just my body realizing it's getting nutrition, it can now give up the dead hair to grow new ones. That's what happened, my bald spots were being filled up again. Only now it's dry and "wrinkled" in an unusual way. It might not be the result of malnutrition, but my constant flat ironing. Oh well.. At least I'm not bald! ;P

Same with the nails, the biotin helped for a while, but they only got better, gradually, with proper nutrition.

Skin was so dry I could not stretch my fingers without it tearing open!! Again, good nutrition with enough fat. And some moisturizer :D

The purple color on my eyelids and black circles underneath have completely disappeared, because I now get enough food to fuel me and therefore good sleep!

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