An arm with eczema is in the background with scientific beakers in the foreground.

Finding Things That Work Isn't An Exact Science

Talking about things and products that work is pretty difficult. Mainly because the topic is so subjective. No two products will work the exact same way for two people. I could tell you today about a product that healed my skin and had my condition basically looking nonexistent, but you could try that same product, using it in the exact same manner that I did, and it could possibly ruin your skin and trigger an active flare. There's no one size fits all with anything in life, but it would be awesome if there were.

Wishing there was an "easy fix"

Can you imagine a world where anything could be cured with by a simple conversation?! Where a recommendation by a friend is a guaranteed "easy fix." I for one would love it! Especially living with atopic dermatitis, finding the product that is likely to work for you is really done by a series of trial and error. An attempt of fixing your skin by testing product after product and praying one, if any, works. It would benefit patients mentally and physically to skip over that worrisome stage and get straight to what works!

The feeling of finding something that works

Although the process is more than daunting, the mentality you have when you do find something that works can sometimes outweigh the trouble that was caused when searching.

The first time I found eczema relief

I remember the first time I felt relief after spending my entire childhood with a huge dark rash. Honestly, I didn’t even realize how relieved I was until I remembered the trouble I’d gone through. One day I just looked down at my arms, pretty sure someone asked me a question like: What did I use to clear it? Or where did my “scars” go? After looking down I too noticed how calm my skin looked. How the redness was gone, even the darkness that outlined my condition was gone. To the bare eye, it almost looked as if my skin had healed completely. After looking at it and realizing how calm it looked, I thought to myself. I couldn’t remember the last time I was in pain – at least not for that reason! My arms weren’t hurting, weren’t flared, weren’t red. This was the best I’d felt in a while!

Trial and error

The sucky part of this story is that there was not just one thing that actually worked. Nothing I did actually cleared my skin – at least not anything I intentionally did. At the time I was starting college, young and busy. I had a lot on my plate and I was working almost 40 hours a week trying to pay off my courses and books. I couldn’t care less about my condition. As a child, you have a lot of time to think about your outward appearance and what people think of you. As a young and broke college kid, you can say I didn’t have much of that to waste.

If you find a product that works for you, celebrate! But even if you don’t, even if you don’t know what you did or why your skin is clear or even how your condition improved, celebrate! Any relief is good relief in my opinion!

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