If you’re a reader of my blog, you’ll know I have super, ridiculously sensitive skin. And if this is the first post of mine you’re reading, I have super, ridiculously sensitive skin. I’ve spent the majority of my life trying (and mostly failing) to find skincare that works for me, as for years doctors prescribed me with moisturisers with an ingredient called Lanolin in, which it turns out I have a strong sensitivity to. Literally only learnt this a few years ago when a doctor actually took the time to look through my prescriptions and ever since my eczema has lightened up so much! When I was younger there were times I actually had to have days off of school because it hurt so much to move. I even tried some weird Chinese tea thing that was supposed to cure my eczema, what a surprise it didn’t work. Some of the things I still get told on a daily basis are:
- “Have you tried E45?” YES I HAVE AND IT’S AWFUL
- “Oh you should drink more water” water will not completely re-build my skin’s structure,
- “You’ll grow out of it” at 21 years old, it’s looking unlikely,
- “Try not to itch” great advice, hadn’t tried that,
If you suffer with sensitive skin/eczema you’ll have heard it all before. I’ve found just knowing your own skin and listening to it will help you figure out what’s best for your skin because there isn’t one person the same. I’ve got my skin care and triggers down now so I can control it so much better, The Body Shop’s Vitamin E range is a lifesaver. I know that when I’m stressed or anxious it flares up badly, so I try to stay as calm as possible and not leave my uni work until the very last minute anymore. If you’re finding nothing’s working I highly recommend getting another doctor’s opinion.
I’d love to hear about your own skin sensitivities and how you’ve dealt with it! Also, for my next post I want you to get to know me a little better with a Q&A so leave your questions in the comments, tweet them, DM me, let me know!