I’ve had eczema all my life (past 16 or so years) but only in the past 4-5 years has it affected my face. I used to be fair-skinned, but now as a result of continuous itching, I guess, my skin has become majorly discoloured, and most of my face has become completely darker than my natural colour. I think it’s called hyper-pigmentation, but there’s little to nothing about it on the net.
I would say I itch quite regularly on my face, and it’s so difficult to control the itch. I’ve been to the doctors and dermatologists etc, but all they prescribe are creams and steroids, of which I’ve tried numerous times over the years, to little avail unfortunately.
I’m currently trying to peruse alternative medicine through altering my diet and lifestyle, but also, currently, to little avail. After having researched eczema for so many hours through the net etc, and taking on-board all the advice, I’d really appreciate some personal help, without just recommending creams, etc... surely the problem is deriving from the inside, which is what I’m trying to address, but I’m so self conscious, often itchy, and my life’s been hugely effected by this.
I know the feeling, had eczema for most of my life and it flared on my face a few years back. I've just recently noticed a big change in my skin and it's become really manageable.
To be honest I'm still not sure exactly what caused the flare up, whether it was just my age(was around 17 when it started to flare), something I was eating, drinking, still have no idea what it was. But over the last year I've started exercising more, eating better, drinking more water and just taking care of myself and skin far better.
There are loads of different things you could try:
*Try removing some things from your diet one by one to see if it makes a difference(eggs, milk or other potential allergens)
*Speak to your doctor about the possibility of light treatment, not had it personally but I've heard it can make a big difference.
*Also ask your doctor for a stronger antihistamine to help with the itching, I know the feeling especially on your face, it's hard to be confident and do the simplest things when your skin is constantly on your mind.
*I recently started using dead sea salts in a bath a few times a week and it's helped to prevent my skin becoming dry, really helps my face too if you just dissolve some in the sink and wash with it.
That's all really just try not to become too disheartened, you could find what the cause is and it could disappear completely. If not just don't give up, it took me a few years to get it under control and I still have issues with confidence and things like that if my skin takes a bad turn. Just keep your head up, and try everything possible.
I used to have eczema on my face when I was 13 and I tried every cream possible to get rid of it, non of it worked until I discovered the power of steam.
1. Pour some olive oil into the middle of a bowl.
2. Boil a kettle of water.
3. Grab a large towel.
4. Pour the water into the bowl
5. Then just lower your head into the bowl, but obviously avoid touching the water.
6. Cover your head with the towel.
7. Just sit there inhaling the steam, this will help if you have asthma too, but will also open your pores and cleanse your skin.
8. Stay there for about 15-20 mins, and then just put loads of cream on your face, I recommend staying clear from the steroid cream- try E45.
Just repeat that each night for a week maybe more ( depending on the severity) and you will find a significant improvement of your eczema. Mine hasn't returned in years.
Hope that helped.
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