Beauty Break: Ugh It Itches! Here's How I Handle My Pesky Eczema

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I was a junior in high school when I first found out I had atopic dermatitis, aka eczema. It was during volleyball season when I broke out in nasty rashes around my elbows that wouldn't stop itching!

What is eczema?

Eczema is a term for a medical conditions that cause the skin to become inflamed or irritated. No matter which part of the skin is affected, eczema is almost always itchy. It can show up on the arms, face, legs and feet. It may appear in other areas as well. 

When the doctor diagnosed me with eczema I looked at her like "um gross." There is no cure and apparently it can be hereditary. Just let that sink in. We have drones, iPhone face recognition but NO cure for eczema. Come on ya'll.

She also said that it tends to flare up when the weather changes and from activities that may cause the skin to be more sensitive. As an athlete I would workout causing me to sweat and come in contact with other sweaty people which effects my breakouts. Yuck...

But don't worry, it's NOT contagious. 

Since high school, I've found ways to manage my eczema. Different creams, lotions and bath products just to relieve the itch and bring down the bumps. I had to swap out products with perfume, bye bye Bath and Body Works, for more natural, fragrance-free and dye-free products such as cocoa butter and raw shea butter. Thicker creams and moisturizers work better especially in the winter! I recently started using the Eczema Therapy Moisturizing Cream by Aveeno. 

I had to change my shower habits. I usually like my showers haaaaawwwtttt. But hot water dries out skin. I've thrown out the harsh and flowery smelling body washes and started using Dove soap for sensitive skin. 

My closet gets hit too. I avoid super tight clothes with weird fabrics especially if they go around my irritated areas. A lot of my long sleeves and sweaters are cotton. Cotton is soft and helps the skin breathe.

Eczema effects everyone differently. Luckily my eczema only pops up a few times a year and it's not something I deal with everyday.

It's a frustrating ordeal! But this video helps me laugh about it!

The human body is the best work of art.
— Jess C. Scott