Let’s talk about an uncomfortable topic: eczema. It’s a stubborn incurable chronic skin condition affecting 3% of adults. Woohoo, lucky me! I struggle with eczema, which is why I really take care of my skin. You know how extensive my facial skincare routine is and that has helped reduced flare ups on my face. I mainly get eczema on my arms and legs. I currently have a small facial flare up on my face and large flare up on my arms and it does affect my self confidence. I have scars on my legs and I’m only in my 20s. The scary thought is how many more scars will I get when I’m in my 60s? 😩
Eczema triggers include stress, environment, food, hot showers, or anything different than your “normal” routine. Dermatologists will always give you steroids but there is really no cure. Long-term use of steroids can cause skin discoloration. So what do I do about eczema?
I don’t take hot showers. After shower, I use #Aveeno
Eczema Therapy lotion and #BioOil
to moisturize my body. Bio Oil has not improved my discoloration but it does help moisturize. I use #Aquaphor
for dry patches to seal in extra hydration. To exfoliate, I use #PaulasChoice
2% BHA on my face and sometimes on my body. I want to buy the 2% BHA body lotion. Finally, when I have active flare ups, I use prescription #hydrocortisone
2.5% until the flare up subsides. Flare ups don't usually leave a scar but they can come back in the future.
It’s a very frustrating condition. Sometimes I look at my scars and I just want to cut out that skin and replace with new skin. 😕 Not to mention, eczema is very itchy! If you have eczema, how do you treat it?