Hello everyone. This is an especially vulnerable topic, as I've never shared it with anyone, fearing people will call me unhygienic and not even doctors, fearing that they'd refuse to validate my motives. Basically I can't shower more than once every week because it gives me awful rashes. My eczema has been super stable for the past year so only now I'm able to notice how much of a trigger showering is. My skin can be smooth, rash free, normal looking, and as soon as I take a shower I get rashes all over my legs (mostly) and arms and spend the rest of the week itching. It's not because of any of the following reasons: temperature (I haven't taken a hot shower in years), duration (I still get rashes from shower under a minute), soap (even of I don't use any soap I still get it), hardness of the water (I use a filtered shower head), nor lack of moisturizer after (I have enough years of this to know it's a must). I get along very well just by washing my privates, armpits, feet, hands, and any crevices of my body and avoiding washing my body in the shower and my face. I don't feel my skin dirty since it's quite dry so nothing really sticks to it nor do I sweat much. I have absolutely stopped washing my face because the flare ups were tremendous, as it is the most sensitive part of my skin. For the body, I still try to shower once every week out of insecurity for feeling unhygienic to societal parameters although it completely destroys my newly healed skin every time I do it.
I hate feeling this. I know that the more I spend without showering the better my skin feels, but the worst I feel about myself. Like not showering is the epitome of lack of hygiene and because of that I don't feel comfortable being intimate with people because I know they'd be disgusted if they'd knew I barely shower. For that reason I spend all days thinking about I can smell better, clean myself better in ways that don't involve showering and it's becoming obsessive.
I apologize for this rant but I just want to know if there's someone out there who has experienced the same because I can't find one single post about it online. And if you have did you find a solution? Does anyone have any other suggestion on why these rashes might happen? Thank you so much