9 Ways to Be Comfortable in Your Own Skin With Eczema

by Ashley Wall Patient Advocate

Eczema is embarrassing, exhausting, erratic, and every other E word I can think of. However, that shouldn’t stop you, me, or anyone that has been diagnosed with it from living their best life. There are ways to cope with eczema, and it starts with becoming comfortable in your own skin. Here’s how.

Accept Eczema and Its Limitations

As much as we’d all like to click our heels like Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz,” chanting, “Please leave our skin alone,” it’s just not going to happen. The first step to being comfortable with eczema is being honest with yourself. To do this you need to accept that you have a life-altering skin condition. Acceptance is key, whether it takes a few months or years. Once you accept your condition and its limitations, you’ll be able to prevail.

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Train Yourself to Think Positive

Although gratitude can be challenging when you’re uncomfortable, a shift in your mindset will ultimately help you. Try to appreciate all you have and start to let go of your frustrations and resentments. Yes, you have eczema. You also have laughter, friends, family, and so much more going for you. Tap into all the good and minimize the negativity.

Research and Explore Options

You know the saying that you should be a student for life? You can apply this to dealing with eczema. Science, technology, and even our bodies are constantly evolving. Therefore, stay curious. If one method for treating eczema isn’t working, try another. Whether you explore another culture's medical practice or decide to undergo a new scientific development, you have options. Always utilize them.

Start Exercising

It can be difficult to commit to an exercise program with eczema symptoms. However, moving is an important step in becoming comfortable in your own skin. If you feel that exercise makes your eczema worse, then opt for low-impact exercises, such as walking, yoga, pilates, or even stretching for 30 minutes three to four times a week. You’ll feel better due to the endorphins, and since you can’t control your skin, you can at least control your physique. So get that body moving!

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Eat a Healthy Diet

Learning about nutrition is crucial when you have eczema. For some, foods such as excessive sugar, dairy, meat, or even wheat can trigger flare-ups. There is nothing worse than having eczema and eating poorly on top of that. Start eating clean for your overall health.

Design an Eczema Self-care Routine

It’s time to map out a self-care routine. You should keep a daily log of your research, exercises, and food with the help of online apps or by recording them in a notebook. Additionally, you can practice positive affirmations by keeping a journal. Make self-care activities part of your daily routine, like applying moisturizer, taking your daily vitamins, and anything else you see fit.

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Get Involved

There are millions of people to help you through the tough times. Open yourself up and connect with others near and far that deal with eczema. Whether through a meetup group, an eczema convention, or an online forum, start making friends with those who suffer from eczema.

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Be Prepared for an Eczema Flare-up

Whether you’re going to the store or traveling across the world, always have everything you need for an eczema flare-up. You know that eczema is unpredictable, so forecast all the ways your skin can flare-up and prepare. Benjamin Franklin once said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”

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Build Your Self-confidence

Once you’ve taken all the steps necessary, you should start to see some changes. It's time to get out of your rut and start living your best life. Will it be hard? Yup. But regardless of how bad your skin is, you’ll start living a better life. It's time to start loving yourself and the skin that you're in. It’s time to be comfortable in your own skin.

Ashley Wall
Meet Our Writer
Ashley Wall

Ashley Wall is a freelance writer who started her blog Itchin' Since ’87 as a creative outlet. As a longtime eczema sufferer, she considers herself the ‘eczema aficionado’. She’s a huge advocate for maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle. Her life’s mission is to help find a cure for eczema. With her experience, she also hopes to give insightful advice on living with eczema through her writing and work.