9 Ways to Not Let Eczema Define You

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You are more than your eczema. It doesn’t define who you are, what you think, what you do. But sometimes, it can feel like it does. Sometimes, it may feel that your eczema controls you rather than the other way around. Here are steps you can take to not let eczema define you, and to be comfortable in your skin with eczema.


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Care for your skin

It’s hard to feel comfortable in your skin when your skin is itchy, red and swollen. Work with your doctor to find the right eczema treatment and follow your treatment plan. Contact your doctor for adjustments if it isn’t working. Don’t forget to moisturize, which is one of the most important things you can do to control your eczema according to the National Eczema Foundation.


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Go out anyway

You might feel embarrassed about how your skin looks. You might feel itchy and want to stay home. Go out anyway. You may stop going out to avoid negative comments or stares. This may help in the short-term, but it isn’t good for you long-term. Avoiding situations helps fuel your anxiety about socializing according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology.


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Connect with other people with eczema

It helps to realize you are not alone. If you have someone who can sincerely say, “I know how you feel,” it may go a long way to helping you be more comfortable with eczema. The National Eczema Association has an online support group and there is a Facebook group specifically for people living with eczema. You might also want to get involved in the eczema community.


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Learn as much as you can about eczema

Do research, find out about treatments, triggers, lifestyle changes, and read blogs on how others live with it. The more you understand about your condition, the more comfortable you feel about it.


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Educate others

When someone stares, it’s uncomfortable but use the opportunity to educate others about your condition. Now that you have done your research and know what it is, why some people have it, and what you can do about it, share this knowledge. Fight the stigma of living with eczema by educating others.


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Spend time doing what you love

Make sure you set aside time every week doing something you love. It might be gardening, going to flea markets, or cooking. It doesn’t matter what it is, spending time doing something you love makes you feel good.


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Find your own fashion sense

When you have eczema, you might limit the clothes you wear to light, cotton clothing. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make your clothing choices yours. Add layers, scarves, and accessories as you are able. Dress it up or dress it down. Create your own look.


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Manage stress

Stress is a common trigger for eczema flares according to the National Eczema Association. Practice stress management techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, or yoga on a daily basis to help lower your overall stress level and help you better cope with stressful situations.


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Live a healthy life

Eat right, exercise, cut back on alcohol, and quit smoking if you smoke. Have a regular daily routine. If you live a healthy life, you will feel better overall - physically and emotionally.