Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Part 1: Indroduction

So to kick this thing off, I want to tell you just a little bit about my history.

I’ve had eczema for as long as I can remember. I remember going with my mom back and forth for prescription medicines. Trying to memorize all the different ‘scientific’ names for those medicines - like triamcinolone acetonide try saying that three times fast. Being made fun of for having ugly skin and a kid asking what was wrong with me because my face and arms were blotchy as a side-effect of those medicines. I would scratch until I bled and wake up with those same red scratches all over me. I remember crying because I felt so ugly and gross when all my other friends had even skin tones and could show a lot of skin while I was trying to hide mine. The older I got, the more self-conscious I became. Once I hit puberty and my body was going through all its mandatory changes my eczema only got worse. It was spreading, becoming increasingly more difficult to get under control, and it was just plain embarrassing. No one else in my family had eczema that I knew of, so there really wasn't anyone I could go to for help or advice. There was only so much my parents could do to help me through it. So I realized that if I wanted to get my eczema under control and hopefully one day be free of it I was going to have to do this myself

When I got into high school I started doing my own research on skin conditions and all the different ways to treat them. Thankfully, that was around the time that YouTube was becoming a ‘thing.’ So I searched like mad to find people with similar problems to mine and I tried literally everything that they had used themselves and had recommended. Needless to say, not all skin is the same so it was all trial and error. Emphasis on the error. But I always always made sure to keep record of what worked, didn’t work, the affects they had, what my triggers were, etc. I had become, in a way, my own dermatologist.

These days I can proudly say that I have it mostly under control. I still have times where I’m down right miserable and want to just rip all my skin off and start over, like these past couple weeks, but I now have the knowledge to properly treat my eczema and prevent flare-ups. And I would love to share all of that knowledge with you!

Starting today, every month I’ll go through all of the different possible causes, the symptoms, treatments, at-home remedies, and all of my tips, tricks, and advice that I’ve accumulated over the years in hopes of helping you or someone you know with eczema.

P.S. eczema isn’t the only skin condition in the world. There is psoriasis, rosacea, and sebhorric dermatitis (just to name a few) which have many similarities. However, skin conditions are NOT a one-size-fits-all. There are different categories (if that makes it easier to understand) within skin conditions that affect different areas of the body and everyone is different. We’ll get into all that later…

As for now my dear, if you have any questions, requests, or information YOU’D like to share I’d LOVE to hear from you! Feel free to comment below or email me!

1 comment:

  1. I found your blog on Aloha Friday and started following on google friend connect. I'm glad you've mostly got your eczema under control now. I have Crohn's Disease so I know how tough it can be to have a condition that makes you different from everyone else :(

    Ashley @