Exfoliating My Skin with Eczema
We all know the burden of living with this condition. We all know it goes more than just "skin deep." It sucks. The look of my skin at times is enough to make me despise going out. It's like I just want to hide. I don't want anyone to see how much damage it's done to my arms... my legs... my self-esteem.
Eczema won't control my life
I refuse to let my condition control my life. So I refuse to give in to that feeling of being "less than." I refuse to allow myself to be isolated because of my outward appearance. Because of this, I try to find new or different ways to live with eczema. I hope to someday find something that allows my skin and my self conscious take a break.
Exfoliating brushes can be rough for sensitive skin
As you can tell by the title, I made an attempt to exfoliate my skin! I used an exfoliating brush and charcoal to do the job. As many of you may (or may not know), exfoliating brushes are no joke, at all! They are rough. Their sole purpose is to remove dead skin so, of course, it's not going to be a walk in the park to use them! Especially when it comes to using them on eczema or other skin conditions. But I still tried. I thought, "Other than my skin, what could it hurt?"
What does exfoliating with eczema feel like?
I will say, it wasn't terrible. In the video, I show the entire process. The charcoal says to apply to damp skin so that's exactly what I did. I got my skin a tad wet and just rubbed the product on slowly. The feel of it wasn't great. It was like rubbing two extremely dry sponges together. Slowly. It created heat, friction, and a little discomfort. But as previously stated, it wasn't terrible.
After applying the product thoroughly, I went in with the brush. Initially, it was okay. Not good, not bad. The charcoal was dry and so was my skin so adding a brush to the mix, a prickly one at that, didn't do much to help the feel of things.
Initial relief from the itch
I used the brush in circular motions and I immediately began to feel a slight feeling of relief. As someone living with eczema, my skin is honestly itching even when it isn't. Even if I don't feel the urge to scratch, if I do, it's a relief. That's what the brush felt like. It honestly felt like I was scratching my skin with short nails.
Red and inflamed eczema
As I continued I could feel it going a different direction. The feeling of relief didn't last long. My skin began to get annoyed and soon it was red and inflamed. The redness and ache got worse before it got better. At the end of the video, I show a follow-up clip of my skin a few hours later. It looked worse - BUT, before the day was over my skin actually did look better than when it started.
Read Part 1 of Shawn's exfoliation experience - Hearing About Exfoliation for the First Time!
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