Did you know that about 20% of children and up to 3% percent of the adult population worldwide have some form of eczema? In this very special edition of Scratch Pad, we invited eczema warriors outside of the United States to share their best eczema advice.
What is your best eczema advice?
To be carefree! I always tried to hide the fact that I had eczema. But once I started to become carefree, my whole outlook of eczema changed. – Liam Lloyd, England
Look after your mental health! – Catherine Hicks, Australia
Keep experimenting with elimination diets and work on reducing stress from [your] life. – Ankush Budhiraja, India
Appreciate all that your body does for you and remember it is your best friend. It not only helps you get through each day, but it also communicates to you that something going on inside isn’t quite right. – Maya Podinic, Australia
It can be far too easy to internalise eczema to the extent that you feel ashamed and embarrassed about yourself and especially about how you look. The crucial thing is to be kind to yourself! Eczema should not define you as a person. – Michael O’Rourke, England
Stay strong and positive. Always love yourself and do not care what anyone else thinks. Everyone is unique. And listen to your body. The healthier foods you put in your body, the healthier your skin can get! – Alycia Layng, Canada
Remember that all things in life are temporary. This will pass, but in the meantime, take care of your body and mind and be kind to yourself. – Nastja Troha, Slovenia
When in the throes of a frustrating flare-up, remind yourself to take it one day at a time. Though it can be difficult, don’t stress about how your eczema will look tomorrow; focus on how you are going to help your skin today. – Bethany March, Canada