At this time of the year my eczema is usually at its worst, so with that in mind I thought I’d write a little post about how I deal with the condition…
Address the stress:
Whilst my eczema is largely seasonal, it is also massively affected by stress. Last year was the worst I had it, between leaving one job and trying find another, as well as a crisis of confidence, it really took its toll. When my eczema is bad, it’s a sign that I am probably stressed and I need to take a step back. I’ll work in more time for myself to relax. Some days I aggravate my skin far more than I should, and I’ll freely admit that. At its worst I’ll be yelping in shower because of how painful the hot water is on my sore skin.
Cut out perfumed products:
At the moment I’m washing with Dove Deeply Nourishing Bodywash, which is great for in shower nourishment. I can still indulge and wear perfumes, but I spray them onto the fabric of my clothes, rather than letting them contact my skin to be safe. Making sure that I still wear perfumes and keep as much of my normal routine as possible reduces how much I feel like my eczema is worrying me.
I admit wholeheartedly that this is sometimes far easier than it sounds, and I struggle with it on a regular basis. My eczema is a part of who I am, it’s not a defining aspect by any means but it’s still there. I’ll never say that I’m 100% okay with the way it affects my appearance, or people staring at my skin, but sometimes, on odd days, I can just accept it. It is what it is and I am who I am.
Accessorise, accessorise, accessorise:
When my eczema gets quite aggressive it is often most visible to everyone else on my neck and arms, which I can get quite self conscious about. Its easy to hide my arms from the world with a long sleeved shirt, so no one will know, but it isn’t so easy to cover my neck – that’s where scarves come in! I have quite the collection of scarves now, not just because they are a godsend on the days where my neck is red and sore, but also just because I love them. I find the best scarves are the big ones crafted from soft materials, I can wrap them around my neck to hide my skin and worries, but I’m always careful not to get too warm as this can irritate my skin too.
The sad thing about having such a large collection of Lush products is that when my skin flares up to its worst levels I can’t use much of it. As amazing as Lush’s bath bombs are bathing with them can actually be quite painful at times, particularly with the citrus based ones. To help soothe my skin I sometimes get salt baths. At TK Maxx you can buy 1KG bags of Westlab Dead Sea Salt, throwing the whole thing in a bath may seem excessive, but it really helps – and if my eczema is bad taking a bath to relax and unwind is no bad thing at all.
These are some of the ways that I cope with my eczema – if you have eczema too I’d be really keen to hear how you deal with and treat the condition!
It’s worth me stressing that if you think you have eczema or are suffering from eczema it’s always worth speaking to your GP for advice and treatment – these are just suggestions based on what works for me.