These are the only 2 photos I took during the whole period I had bad face eczema and these were before my whole face flared up. I refused to take any pictures for months because of the way eczema made me look and feel about myself. It does not look half as bad as it actually looked in real life. You can only probably see it on my chin and cheek area but it was also spread around my eyes, brows, over my nose and across my forehead.
As some of you may already know, I have eczema mainly on my hands and face with the latter being worst and more of a problem for me with it being the part of the body which is always exposed and most visible to the human eye!
Face eczema is the worst place to get the disease I’m sure most of you would agree with me on that, in particular those of you who have experienced face eczema.
Think about it, you can’t cover it up with clothes like you can with eczema on other areas, plus it’s the part of your body others look at the most so you’re always aware of it. I’m not in any way belittling the impact that eczema on other parts of the body may have on your life, all I’m saying is that having experienced eczema on numerous places, face eczema was by far the worst!
My Experience With Face Eczema:
My experience with face eczema was a bad one to say the least. I had never had a problem with facial eczema in the past but since it started appearing in 2008, it hasn’t left me alone!
My face eczema started mid 2008 when I was going through quite a stressful period in my life. I had lost a lot of weight all of a sudden and my skin became a lot dryer than usual even though it was dry to begin with. The eczema started appearing as small patches on my cheeks and started to spread. I used a number of lotions prescribed to me by my doctor without any sign of significant improvement.
Eventually my doctor prescribed 1% hydrocortisone to use for a maximum of 1 week. I used it and to my relief the eczema patches starts shrinking. But unfortunately that wasn’t the end of the story. I stopped using the cream after the week had past and not long after that the patches started to make an appearance again. I felt so disheartened and so decided to use the cream again. Come 2011 and I’m still using it on and off till this day.
Around December 2009 I decided I had to stop using steroids because of all the negative press they were getting. Theories about it thinning the skin terrified me. I didn’t want to look like an old woman at the age of 23, so I refused to continue using it and boy did I suffer the consequences!
The eczema kept spreading until my whole face was swollen, flaky, itchy, red and uncomfortable. I would wake up in the morning and my eyes would be swollen. Even applying moisturizer was an awful experience. It was so irritable that even a strand of hair touching it would make it feel so itchy which drove me to cut off my long hair off. I was less than thrilled about that!
I had to endure all that until around March-April 2010 when I decided to start using the cream again. I was told that because of my face eczema and the way it was making me feel, it was actually making it worse which made me feel worse leading to my eczema getting worse leading to…well you get the picture. Also, after countless visits to my GP and Dermatologist, I was told that I shouldn’t keep avoiding steroids as the longer I leave it untreated, the more likely the inflammation will cause irreversible damage in the form of thickened skin and deep wrinkles. So I started using it again and have been ever since but on and off like I mentioned earlier.
How the face eczema affected me:
I’m not a loud, outspoken person by nature; in fact I’m quite shy and reserved. So something like this was bound to affect me emotionally. I’m not the type of girl that likes to be seen without makeup. Even though I don’t wear much makeup, just having a bit of mascara and lip colour makes the world of a difference to me. Once my face eczema became sever I was no longer able to put anything on my face. To make things worse, this happened during my last year of Uni which was stressing me out enough on its own. I was so ashamed to leave the house and couldn’t stand people looking at me. When people would talk to me I would look away. I felt so ashamed of the way I looked. Even my dad used to make comments like “your face is red” or “Stop playing with your face it’s so red!” which didn’t help so I would try to avoid him as much as I could.
My face felt soooo hot. It felt like the blood in my face was boiling, but I always had cold hands and feet which suggested to me that I either had bad circulation or My body was imbalanced. To sooth the hot/itchy feeling I would carry around a bottle of water and since this happened during the winter months, the bottle was always cold. I would press it against my face to cool it down or I would even just use my hands to cool my face down because my hands were always freezing.
Share your experience with me if you have/had face eczema:
It was an awful experience and I know for a fact that many people with eczema go through similar experiences if not much worse. I just felt I had to share my experience with you so you all know that you’re not alone, even though majority of the time it does feel that way. Please share your experience with me and let other eczema sufferers know they’re not alone.