Do you ever feel a stinging sensation on your skin? For example, when bathing or applying moisturizers? When do you usually feel it and how do you find relief?
Yes I get stinging and burning skin often even when no products are applied to my skin. Everytime I have mentioned this to other eczema sufferers in the past, they said they never heard of burning skin with this condition unless they applied something which there skin did not like.
It is definitely made worse when I apply many products and from water. As someone else mentioned, going in the ocean is like torture. I describe it as feeling like hundreds of cuts and shards of glass all over the skin and then pouring acid on it. Sometimes it is worse than other times but it isn’t always clear why. Applying chemical sunscreen is a definite no no for me... it instantly stings my skin and has never done much sun protection as I tend to burn more when it was applied! I used to apply natural zinc cream but now I have to just stay indoors as removing the zinc cream is too harsh on my skin and I burn very quickly even with sun protection and shade.
Winter is still harder for me with drier skin but the sun protection and swimming is a big dilemma now. I wish there was an alternative to chemical sunscreen and zinc barrier because regular salt water did seem to help a bit despite the instant pain. I might have to try having some seawater brought home in a bottle and see if that helps if splashed on my skin.
@SarahWalin - honestly every time, I get into the shower! But luckily after about 30secs, the stinging subsides.
For me personally, sometimes ice can help, but the most help I’ve found is using Skullcap as a supplement - great plant for nerve pain and nerve healing and regeneration in general. It can also help with anxiety due to this as it acts on the whole central nervous system. It was a game changer for me! -Nina (AtopicDermatitis.net Team Member)
Unfortunately I have to be extremely careful with anything I take as even the most gentle natural products cause me great problems, especially with my gut issues.