Daisy has suffered with eczema for as long as she can remember and has flashbacks to when she used to wear mittens to bed and how she was always called into the medical room at school to apply her creams. She finds that an excess of anything triggers her eczema flare-ups, too much sugar, too much gluten, too much stress.
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“One of my earliest memories was when I was in primary school. I was holding a boy’s hand and he said, ‘why is your hand so dry?’ and I didn’t hold someone’s hand again until I was 16. It psychologically affected me at the time. Everyone has something that they are self-conscious of, and it will always be in the back of my mind, you just want to be the same as everyone else, especially when you are young.”
“Stress is a big eczema trigger of mine. I’m a people pleaser, and I would always say yes to doing things and regret it when I used to wake up and my skin was flared. I didn’t want to let anyone down, so I took on too many tasks, which consequently led my skin to flare.”
Just over a quarter of people surveyed by Epaderm (27%) say their skin condition makes them feel anxious, 1 in 5 (18%) say it makes them feel depressed and 16% say it makes them feel helpless¹. More so, comments such as: ‘What’s wrong with your skin’, ‘It’s only dry skin’ or unhelpful tips such as ‘just stop scratching’ contribute to the frustration and anxiety felt by those with dry skin conditions. 17% have received hurtful comments from strangers, 14% from a partner and 10% from a parent.
“I’m well known for always having two massive Epaderm bottles in my bag, it’s the only thing that gives my skin instant relief from the discomfort. Epaderm does the job, it’s a thick, heavy cream which I don’t have to keep reapplying.”
“My life is a lot more normal now. The problem with eczema is that you go through a lot of different peeling stages. I get deep slits and cracks in my skin and due to Epaderm being thick enough, cuts don’t hurt. I use my hands a lot in my job and in day-to-day life which I am now able to do. It makes it far easier to live life as a normal person.”
“I love Epaderm. It has got me through some bad points in my skin journey, there were times where I just accepted that this was my life, but I’m so much better now. If anyone else is suffering and going through the same situation, know it does get easier and as bad as it seems, it’s not going to be this way forever.”
Like many, Daisy was prescribed topical steroids to manage her dry skin. Around two years ago, Daisy stopped using steroids and subsequently developed TSW (Topical Steroid Withdrawal), most prevalent on her face.
“Not only has TSW affected my life, but it has also impacted my family. There is so little information and research into TSW, so unfortunately at the time, the medical advice I was given was to continue on steroids but via injection or to take immunosuppressants to manage my skin, which I didn’t feel was right for me. I turned to social media to tell my story as it was having a serious effect on my mental health, and in turn, I found many people like me. The community online has really helped me over the past two years. What is most important is to Be kind to yourself”
¹Research amongst 1,000 UK adults who have used an emollient in the past six months to manage a skin condition, conducted in March 2021.