Living with eczema can be a constant battle. The itchy, painful flare-ups can affect every aspect of life, from self-esteem to daily routines. Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a skin condition characterized by a malfunction in the skin’s barrier. It is caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors.
The author of this article shares their personal experience with eczema, which started at the age of four. They recall the embarrassment and shame they felt as a child when others would ask about their rash. Their father, a dermatologist, tried various treatments, but the most significant improvement came from homoeopathy. However, as they entered their teenage years, the eczema became more persistent and took on different forms.
Eczema can manifest in various ways, such as rash-like atopic eczema, discoid eczema, contact dermatitis, and seborrhoeic eczema. These different types of eczema can cause redness, itching, blistering, and scaling on different parts of the body. It is a chronic condition with no known cure, only management.
Studies have shown that eczema is more prevalent in children, affecting 1 in 5 children and 1 in 10 adults in the UK. Women, individuals with a family history of eczema, and those with hayfever and asthma are also more likely to develop eczema. Ethnicity and socioeconomic factors can also play a role in eczema development.
Managing eczema can be challenging. The author shares their ongoing struggle with flare-ups, especially during stressful periods. They have tried various treatments, including oral and topical steroids, bleach baths, and changes in skincare products. The unpredictability of triggers makes it difficult to find effective solutions.
Living with eczema in the beauty industry presents unique challenges. The pressure to present a perfect appearance on social media can be overwhelming. However, the author has pushed back against the idea that perfection equals value. They continue to share their experiences to challenge societal norms.
In conclusion, living with eczema is a constant battle for control. The author’s personal journey highlights the challenges and frustrations of managing this chronic condition. While there is no cure, finding strategies that work for individual flare-ups can bring temporary relief. The ongoing research into the causes and triggers of eczema offers hope for improved treatments in the future.
– Dr Derrick Phillips, consultant dermatologist at Montrose London
– Dr Thivi Maruthappu, consultant dermatologist