What people WITHOUT eczema should know about people WITH eczema

Eczema can affect your life and the things you need to do on a daily basis. This can affect relationships, friendships, family, well-being.

People with eczema have a lot of challenges which can make living with eczema extremely difficult. I remember struggling with a lack of sleep, flare-ups, dry, cracked and irritated skin. Managing on-going treatments along with my personal and work life. The change of weather affects eczema, wearing cotton clothing helps to reduce the irritation caused by having eczema. The changes in the weather can affect the skin if it’s too cold the skin can become drier and then it will need to be moisturised more often to prevent the skin becoming irritated or tight which can lead to a cycle of constant itching.

For some people, eczema is manageable and is mild but for others, it’s more severe and can take a long time to get better, having an understanding friend helps. My eczema was severe but was wrongly diagnosed for a long time and this can be the same for others. Not all treatments work for everyone as we are all different. This can take its toll on the eczema sufferer but also those close to them like family and friends. Support may also be needed for the family and also advice so that they are able to best support the person going through this.

Some people think eczema is contagious and treat the person near them as an outcast. Eczema is a skin condition that can affect anyone but it’s not contagious at all.

In today’s society, there is a lot of emphasis on the way that you look and some people are so obsessed with getting the perfect pose and all about how we look and if you don’t live up to those expectations you’re frowned upon. This affects people’s confidence and self-esteem and for some, they can become anxious and isolate themselves from others. The amount of social media platforms that have filters is concerning as a lot of people are using this to cover up how they actually look.

So often I say to my children about the ‘good old days’, the 80’s, I remember seeing people dressing how they wanted to and they didn’t care about how their face looked. To me, it appeared that they were comfortable in their own skin.

So it would be good to remember this, that we do not know the struggles one has on a daily basis so be nice and offer support to that person.  A suggestion could be if they have young children, maybe helping out with the school run, making a meal, helping out with grocery shopping, attending hospital or doctor appointments so that they feel more comfortable and so that they feel that they have a support system, or just being a listening ear. 

As eczema sufferers, we have to manage flare-ups, infections, lack of sleep, medication, treatment and visiting doctors. In addition, we need to manage our way of thinking because our confidence and self-esteem can be affected at times which can hinder our relationships, work and school.  Thirdly, we have to consider other things such as clothing, soaps, pets, the environment and the weather.

I really would’ve appreciated this on my eczema journey as it was stressful and hard. If you don’t have any help or support from family and friends you can still get through it. There are support groups around and forums that may be able to give you some advice and support.

To see more about my eczema journey you can follow me on YouTube @IcyldaSkincare or Instagram @Icylda_Skincare where I will be sharing eczema tips and triggers along with my decade long journey with eczema.

Written and posted by Amanda Roberts, the CEO of Icylda Skincare on 15th September 2020.

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