I found out something really exciting yesterday, you guys. Dove is releasing a special line just for eczema sufferers! And it’s not going to clean out your wallet! This is so great because as someone with eczema and super sensitive skin, I’m constantly trying to find treatments that work and that aren’t ridiculously expensive. So I’m really pumped for this line, which all appears to be under twenty bucks!
There’s a common misconception that eczema is just sensitive skin, which isn’t true. People with eczema have sensitive skin, but not all people with sensitive skin have eczema. Although eczema is an umbrella term for most skin irritations, those suffering from eczema know how horrible it can really be. You know when you have an itch that just won’t stop? It’s like that times a million. It can be really embarrassing too because you’re walking around with dry, red patches, maybe even blisters. Not fun.
Here are 7 things about eczema you should know:
There Are Different Types Of Eczema
There are so many, which is why treatments can be difficult to find. Eczema is the general term for dermatitis, but it ranges from basic irritation to dyshidrotic eczema (blisters on the hands and feet) to the severe and long-lasting atopic dermatitis.
Eczema isn't just itchy, it hurts. Sometimes you scratch so much that you start bleeding. Some forms of eczema cause blisters. It's not just "Oh I have a tiny itch LOL!" it's more like "OMG I need to scratch my skin off."
Treatment Is Expensive
I once bought an eczema treatment for over $100, and it didn't even help me. A lot of topical prescriptions, even with insurance, can easily cost over $50. Half the time they don't provide much relief or you use them up too quickly.
It Can Occur In Various Places
Eczema can pop up pretty much anywhere on your body. When I was younger, my eczema flared up only on my legs. Now, I get it on my arms and sometimes my stomach. I occasionally get patches on my shins too. Eczema doesn't care, it will just show up where it wants to.
Triggers Are Very Important
Eczema can be dormant and chill out. You can even go years without having a flare up. But triggers can cause flares and make symptoms worse. There is no one trigger for everyone. My triggers include things like laundry detergent and shaving cream. My flare-ups are also triggered by hot weather. Everyone is different, and you can develop new triggers as well. If you notice something triggers a flare-up, make a note and try to avoid it. Scented lotions used to trigger me, but now they don't. I find it easiest to write everything down in one place so you can keep track.
Stress Can Make Eczema Worse
There is still a lot of research to be done on this, but there seems to be a link between eczema and the mind. There's a big connection between stress and skin, and eczema is also being linked to depression and sleep deprivation. Basically, when you're stressed, your body is taking it out on your skin in the form of your eczema. Having a flare up may make you even more stressed and so on.
Unfortunately, there's no magical cure for eczema. Yet. I imagine it's because there are so many different variations and triggers that it's difficult to narrow down one treatment. Some people might see results from one treatment but not another. There are things you can do though to keep your eczema in check. It's all about learning your skin and knowing what your triggers are. You need to keep your skin moisturized and avoid stripping it of that moisture. Find a combination of treatments that works for you even if it doesn't work for someone else.
Do you have eczema? Do you have sensitive skin? What treatments have you tried? Tell us in the comments!