Living with Eczema: How I Manage My Skin

What is eczema?

woman living with eczema applying eczema cream

Living with eczema can be frustrating since there is no known cure for it. Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a genetic condition that causes the skin to be sensitive, itchy, and dry. Eczema can flare up in random patches across the body, including the face, arms, and legs. Flares appear as itchy rashes, and extreme flares can leave behind scars.

Living with eczema

I was embarrassed about living with eczema when I was a child. I covered my flare-ups by wearing hoodies or long-sleeve shirts. Yes, even during the summer! This strategy always backfired because my skin became more irritated by the heat. I learned it was better to let my skin breathe than to cover it up. Wearing a short sleeve top with shorts was an act of bravery. My classmates would taunt me by asking if I was a burn victim or had a contagious disease.

My eczema became less irritable as I got older, but I still had to deal with the scars the flare-ups left behind. I attempted to use makeup to conceal them during my late teen years. The makeup itself did not appear to be an issue, but the makeup wipes I used to remove my foundation caused acne to develop on my face! These wipes claimed to be hypoallergenic and made with natural ingredients, but I soon realized not all products that claim to be safe for sensitive skin are telling the truth.

Remedies for eczema

The remedy to living with eczema is knowing what your skin likes. My skin likes natural products that contain oats, aloe, honey, shea butter, avocado oil, olive oil, and vitamin E. My doctors have recommended hydrocortisone acetate and mometasone furoate to quickly heal eczema rashes. A prescription is needed to get mometasone furoate, but products with 1% of hydrocortisone acetate can be bought for less than $15 at your local pharmacy. Knowing what is good for my skin has made living with eczema much easier.

Do you live with a skin condition? What remedies and methods do you use to treat it?

Woman living with eczema applying eczema lotion

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