With summer just around the corner, the subject of beautiful glowing skin will permeate magazine pages. Moreover, many magazines will adorn their covers with the gods and goddesses of good skin. But what about the mortals who relentlessly struggle with skin issues?
When I was born, my grandmother said I was the cutest, reddest baby ever. Little did she know that redness was a precursor to eczema, commonly known as atopic dermatitis.
As a child, I was told that I would outgrow it. However, years passed and the eczema grew worse. My loving parents tried everything. Sun baths. Bland diet. Steroids, both topical and injections. Fortunately, over the years I have found ways to successfully manage my eczema.
1. Diet affects skin. Limit sugary sweets and colored drinks. Check for gluten and milk intolerances.
2. Limit sun exposure. Thirty minutes a day is sufficient. More than this will sizzle sensitive skin.
3. Take warm/cool showers. Pat dry and apply a fragrance-free moisturizer.
4. Stomp out stress. While infants do not have bills, families or jobs to stress over, adults should find ways to cope with stress. Meditation and exercise are excellent choices.
5. Limit use of steroids. While they are good for extreme and rare cases, over time they thin the epidermis and cause collagen to break down.
6. Use mild soaps and detergents. No perfume, please.
7. Positive attitude. Eczema is like a sleeping giant. It can be dormant for months, then without warning it flares up and makes life miserable. Try your best to maintain a positive attitude. Yes, it can be hard, but it’s possible.
There you go. Have a skintacular summer!
Leah Becoat is the founder of Manu’s Magic Skincare, specializing in eczema, plaque psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Manu’s Magic FB page.