One of the most frequent statements I hear about Brenna from those who have been following our journey is "her skin looks so good!"
She has come such a long way since her birth, and she does look like a completely different baby.
But at the same time, I have to say that her face and top of her head by far look the best...as in the most like "typical" skin. And since it's been cold and we keep her in hats most of the time, her face is usually the only part of her body that everyone sees.
The skin on the rest of Brenna's body looks quite a bit more scaly and flaky...
The skin on her feet is some of the thickest on her body, and sometimes we have to put a topical retinoid called Tazorac on it to help it shed. I spend a lot of time on her feet in the bath, especially her toes.
We scrub both her feet and her hands as best we can, to ensure that the skin doesn't build up and restrict the movement in her digits. She is now losing the newborn grasp reflex, which makes it a lot easier to get off the skin in her palms. The girl has a surprisingly strong grip for such a little thing.
Back of her head...
To be fair also, these photos were taken just before her bath, which is when her skin is at its worst of course. During bath, Evan and I are scrubbing maniacs, trying to aid her body in getting off this excess skin and keeping her joints and body parts as flexible as possible. (Her baby tub is full of tiny skin pieces after bathtime - it's not pretty, folks!)
We've definitely noticed an increasing thickness in Brenna's skin as we wean her off of the oral retinoid. Of course, it'd be fabulous if we could keep her on the medicine so that her skin layers are always a little easier to get off, but as with any medication, there are side effects (including liver problems), so we want to her to be able to adjust to life without medicine. Her skin will be like this forever (until a cure is found!), so I'm sure we will continue to modify our routine and figure out what kind of care and products work best as she gets older!