As much as I try and keep in routine and take steps stop avoid my eczema flaring up it is inevitable that I go through periods when my skin just does not want to cooperate.
I have atopic eczema, and after a series of tests last year I found that I am not actually allergic to anything such as cosmetics, detergents, chemicals etc. I don’t know for sure what triggers my eczema but it is apparent it revolves around sleep, stress and the weather.
There isn’t much I can do to avoid a flare up but there are certainly things that help me get it under control as quickly as possible. These are just a few things that work for me!
It is important to make sure that you keep in a routine of putting your prescribed creams on. Even if you’re having a period where your skin is good always have a supply in just incase it flares up, the quicker you start putting your creams on the quicker you can bring your flare up under control.
I have three creams I primarily use during a flare up: one as a shower gel substitute, a moisturizer and a strong steroid cream. It is important to remember that steroid creams can thin and damage your skin over long-term use so use them as prescribed and just on affected areas.
I put all of these on after a shower (making sure the shower isn’t too hot as it can make your skin more dehydrated). I tend to do this in an evening as it takes a while for all the creams to soak in! In the mornings I will just have a quick wash and use the moisturizer.
Once the skin on my face has stopped being sore and is just dry I will start to introduce my normal routine back into my day. At the moment I am using The Body Shop Drops of Youth range as it is really hydrating, I don’t use these when my skin is sore as it just stings!
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
In a previous post I spoke about drinking plenty of water to keep my skin hydrated. This is as important when my eczema flares up. In fact, I think I drink more water at this time as it helps speed up my recovery process and stops my skin dehydrating.
As you know I love my make up, however I have a few days off from wearing it when my skin is bad. Although I am not allergic to any cosmetics it doesn’t make my skin any better and dries it out even more. It also never looks great and any foundation I wear immediately clings to the patches around my nose and mouth, this is where my eczema is the worst. If I take a few days off from wearing anything on my face it helps my skin improve a lot quicker and I can get back to my usual routine in no time at all.
I know first hand how stressful and hard it can be when your skin flares up. I get it worst on my face, neck and shoulders, the places on show everyday. I know people stare and people have made comments at me before. At school I even had people avoid me in p.e. lessons thinking I had some contagious disease. But, you know what, it’s eczema! It isn’t the end of the world, it does suck and believe me I know it can lower your self-esteem, especially when you’re at school or in the work place. I just get on with it now, people still look at me when my face is like a tomato but who cares! Be confident! Love who you are, I am much more confident now that I just get on with it and don’t let it get in the way of my life.
These are just a few things that help me, what helps you get through an eczema flare up? Let me know!