Here’s to all the people

With scars from their skin condition

Who have ever been told not to wear shorts or T-shirts because they should ‘cover it up’

Who feel like their body is gross or ugly

Who have been pointed at and called disgusting

Who always wear long clothes to cover up

Who get people without a skin condition telling them how to manage it

Who have 6843 different creams and lotions and have lost track of which ones they’re supposed to be using right now.

You’re all beautiful, you’re all fantastic and you’re all doing a great job

Growing up with eczema

(because everybody thinks all we have to do is put on lots of lotion and not scratch)

  • waking up in pain with blood all over your sheets
  • being afraid to go to sleep because you can’t control your scratching when you’re asleep
  • having to do your laundry all the time because dead skin cells are everywhere
  • everything burns in the shower, even when you use cold water
  • no hot water: no hot showers, no hot tubs, no hot springs
  • not being able to go on sleepovers or travel to certain places because you can’t pack your humidifier or air purifier or the climate will fuck you up or there are just too many allergens there
  • if you ever do feel like going anywhere, having to pack your entire medicine cabinet (gauze and bandages included)
  • having to be careful with anything you put on your skin: makeup, lotions, etc…
  • clothing: as a child, cotton only - no jeans, no polyester, nope
  • when eczema breaks out on your face or any visible part of your body, and people are afraid of being near you for fear of catching some horrible disease. also people just straight up staring at you
  • hiding at home because you feel like the ugliest person in the world
  • not being able to wear short sleeves or shorts because you’re afraid of people seeing your scars
  • the only medications that work have horrible side effects…like topical steroid withdrawal or increasing the risk of skin cancer
  • being the really annoying friend with all the food allergies
  • not being able to exercise when you want to because you’re allergic to your own sweat or your joints are too inflamed to move
  • not being able to cry because your eyelids might break out
  • landing in the hospital because of life-threatening skin infections

…just sorta needed to get this off my chest

To all my fellow babes/dudes with eczema

Here are two things that have helped my severe eczema that I’ve acquired since last year, over the course of like 2-3 months.

1) Regular ass Vaseline.

Yes, the product our parents used to slap all over us in the mornings before school that had us looking sweaty all day. THAT vaseline. According to the National Eczema Association, products that come in a ointment form (clear, oily) are better for your skin than products that come in a creamy form (lotions and creams) because the ointments help the skin to retain moisture better. Also, lotions (especially the ones that come out of a pump) and creams contain alcohols so that they are able to easily come out the pump and easier to spread, which can be drying to your skin, which is already dry as hell.

I just slap Vaseline on my skin right after I take a shower, like right after and then I either air dry or put on shea butter and then air dry, but my skin has felt so much more smooth and moisturized than it ever has when I used palmers coacoa butter (jar/tub), cetaphil (squeeze bottle), aveeno, basically any other lotion I have ever used.

2) Oatmeal Face Masks

I feel so dumb because like vaseline has been in front of my face my whole life, so has the rule to incorporate some form of oatmeal in my skin care regimine, but idk I guess I just wasnt paying attention (clearly). So first, I tried the Oatafix face mask by Lush on my face and body (mainly legs), and it cleared up the roughness on my face, but compared to the face mask I do now, it didn’t really make my enflamed areas on my legs go down, plus it stung a little on my face but i stuck through it (also because it smelled so good). So, since I didn’t wanna spend 9$ every three weeks on a small thing of product, I figured I’d make my own using oatmeal, water and honey. And boy… I could tell it works better for me because I used it on my legs and after one use they are no longer enflamed. All the welts and bumps I had from scratching over my clothes have gone down bruh. Like omg.

Forgive me if these techniques are old/obvious because they new as hell to me! lol Good luck if you haven’t tried, and enjoy. I hope this helps

shout out post for anyone with eczema. whether it’s little patches around your body or every fucking where. for the stinging, and the itchiness, and the dryness, and the pain. for anyone who’s ever itched themselves until they’re bleeding; in their sleep, or knowingly but you just don’t care because you’ve got to make it stop. for when it’s so raw and sore that you can barely bend your arm or leg or fingers, for when no amount of cream or moisturizer will soothe it. for every time someone’s told you ‘stop itching, you’re making it worse’. for every time you’ve seen a picture of yourself and all you can focus on are the red patches, the rashes, the dry scaly skin. you’re beautiful

To people who don't have eczema

Here’s a few tips next time you tell someone with eczema what you think.

“just put lotion it”
-All the lotion in the world could not help

“why do you make that face”
-I’m in pain right now pls stop talking

“I’ve heard cold baths help with that”
-How about YOU try taking a cold ass bath

“What does it feel like”
-you know that one itch you have on your back that you just can’t reach? Imagine that feeling 24/7 all over your body.

“Why don’t you just itch it”
-eczema is known as the “itch that rashes” ITCHING MAKES NOTHING BETTER

“why can’t you use scented lotion”
- k have you ever gotten splashed by boiling water? It’s like that except all over

“It’s cold in here”
-and I am burning

“Ew cover up your eczema so we don’t have to see it”
-I’m so f***ing sorry my eczema is totally ruining your life.

I Need To Get This Out There

I have severe eczema all over my body, including my face.  There are few things that people do/ say that drive me mental.  Let’s go:

1) DO NOT FUCKING STARE AT IT!

You think this would be common fucking sense, but NOPE!  The amount of fucking stares I get when I am minding my own business is unbelievable.  Imagine if you got a really bad hair cut and everywhere you went people were staring at you.  Even when you catch them staring they continue to do so.  It makes you feel like you are two inches.  Now multiply that feeling by 10 and that is what people with eczema feel like.

2) Do Not Point it Out

Yes I know it is there, I can feel it.  I ask you: What good does it do to point it out?  It is not dirt; I cannot just wipe it off to get rid of it.  This also adds to the anxiety that eczema causes and it is flat out rude.

3) Do Not Say: “It’s gross!” or “It looks painful!” or “It looks dry!” etc.

Look I know how it looks like to the public.  I cannot help how it looks.  Trust me it looks gross to me as well.  However, there is nothing I can do to really change how it looks or how long the recovery takes.  Plus, it is painful and no amount of pain-killers will get rid of the pain.

4) “You should cover it up!” 

HAHAHAHAHA! It is not that fucking simple man! First of all, eczema heats up really quickly.  If someone is the cover the area the eczema will burn said person, until it hits the cold.  Secondly, if they were to put say foundation on it both of these scenarios will happen.  When eczema is covered, the patch will look hella dry.  All it will do is make it look less inflamed rather than be a solution.  Let’s say that the person has a lot of makeup skills to make it look invisible, makeup will still hinder it.  like covering it up with cloth, the eczema will burn underneath causing the flare to worsen.

5) “You should try this (insert over the counter drug/natural ‘remedy’)”

At this point just shut the fuck up.  Let’s start with the drug argument shall we.  Do you honestly think I would not be keeping tabs on new products and not testing them out.  I know of pretty much all of the drugs out there and they do not work.  Correction, they work for those who are extremely mild or for people who think they have eczema when they don’t and only have a normal rash.  all those creams do is num the itch so you don’t scratch.  They do not stop it!  Now for the natural “remedy” crap.  Let’s get this clear,  THERE IS NO FUCKING CURE FOR ECZEMA!  For those who says “I used this all natural mixture/oil/whatever that my alchemist recommended and it cured my/baby’s/whoever eczema” That is all fucking bullshit!  Like with the over the counter, it more or less nums it.  A lot of the ingredients they use are mild moisturizers.  Now moisturizers are need to help the healing process of a flare, but like I said before, there is no cure.  These moisturizers just get rid of the dryness which prevents spread, not riding the body of it.  With this said, these moisturizers (more or less they are oil based) are mild.  These oils are primarily used in adding into things like steroid creams.  It adds to the moisture content on top of the pre-moisturized area and working power of the steroid. This argument drives me more nuts than the over the counter one because of my Teta. I know they are trying to help, but you are not a doctor, do not try to act as one.

6. “Have you tried taking cold showers?” or “Have you tried moisturizing?”

Of course I have! I personally hate cold showers, but because of the eczema, it is the only option I have unless I want it to spread.  It is one of the advices you receive from the doctor along with the application of moisturizers once your eczema starts flaring. 

7. “OMG! DON’T USE STERIODS! THEY ARE SO BAD FOR YOUR SKIN!”

No shit sherlock! I know they are bad for you, however they are all I have right now.  There is no other way to really treat it currently without harmful medication.  So unless you are researching a cure for eczema, do not preach to me about how bad they are and what they may cause, because I already know.

8. “DON’T SCRATCH IT!  IT WILL MAKE IT WORSE!”

I already know that.  However, it is a mental issue.  Role-play time again!  Imagine that you have a feather lightly going over your skin.  After a while, you want to bat it away.  Now imagine if you were not allowed to bat it away.  It would eventually dive you nuts and you will knock it way.  Again multiply that feeling by ten and that is what a person with eczema had to deal with.  The point of which we need to scratch is our breaking point.  Eczema legit will drive us mad, to the point we will do anything to stop it, even if it means worsening it.

Those are only some of the thing people with eczema have to deal with.  I probably missed a tone of comments that drive us nuts.  If you know of someone with eczema DO NOT do/say these things to them.  If you have some things that dives you nuts feel free to add.  If you do not have eczema and have questions please feel free to ask me.

I’ve been imagining about doing an eczema-based YouTube channel. I could do “how I do makeup on eczema-prone or slightly inflamed skin” or like skits for “things people with eczema always hear” or “things people with eczema are used to by now” or rants like “what not to say to someone with eczema” and other stuff of that nature.

Doubt anyone would watch anything like that, though.