Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Do you have eczema? Do you know what kind? Yes, atopic dermatitis
How long have you had it/been diagnosed? I have had it since I was 2 months old, so 18 years and some odd months now.
Any tips or tricks for fellow eczema sufferers? Moisturize! Listen to your body. Always remember to take care of your skin, even when you're tired.
Any suggestions for eczematic? N/A
How did you hear about us? Honestly, I was sick and tired of my eczema and I wanted support. I Googled eczema sufferers and found you guys :)
Anyway, here is my story. I have had severe atopic dermatitis since infancy. It improved for a while, and I have been learning how to manage it lately, but I always have flare-ups when I'm stressed or upset. My skin always freaks out when it is dry and cold outside, so I was glad when I found out that Atlanta is humid most of the time. I thought my eczema would improve when I came to college...Not so!
My eyelids and various spots on my face have been flaking dry skin, regardless of how much I moisturize. It has gotten to where there is a spot above my left eyebrow that is permanently raw and red. I have also been suffering from a cold this past week, so my upper lip has turned flaky and raw. I feel so self-conscious about my flaky, red skin. I feel like everybody can notice it. I try to avoid scratching when I itch, but a lot of times, I just can't help it. I am so worried that people see me scratching or see my skin flake off and think I'm some sort of huge freak!
I just want to talk to people I can relate to with regards to my insecurities about my appearance resulting from my eczema. I feel like on top of every girl's normal insecurities about looks, I have my worries about people noticing my eczema and not understanding. It makes me feel like I am unattractive, which I know isn't true. I just feel upset a lot about my skin.
Any words of wisdom?