My first vlog: Show your eczema scars, scabs and nodular prurigo

It doesn’t matter what your skin looks like. Don’t miss out on being spontaneous, feeling the sun on your skin and getting those white legs out this summer. Watch my first vlog and #getyourskinout

Don’t be shy. Don’t hide away. Who cares what people say?

I have the scars from nodular prurigo on my legs at the moment, which have mostly healed now ie. no itchy lumps. But they have left red marks which look like insect bites.

I get so many comments about how awful it must be to be so plagued by bugs and how painful. Well yeah it sucks to have nodular prurigo but insects can’t stand the taste of me. Every cloud? #SilverLining πŸ˜‰

So here is my first attempt at a video blog (vlog). One take and lots of lessons learnt. Thanks to everyone who has given me feedback. The next vlog should be less jerky, landscape instead of portrait, slightly more focused and clearer on the content and objective, the key message etc. But you’ll get the gist.

I’m pretty impressed with my first attempt… I managed to show my legs (in the end) without falling over or flashing my knickers so we’re all good.

So my take home lessons from this vlog? Don’t bother what people think. You’re awesome. Just keep on striving to avoid those triggers, be kind to your skin and be proud of who you are. Don’t let eczema, psoriasis or NP define who you are.

Some people will comment and to those people I say, just think before you do. Even if it’s just someone who is plagued by insect bites – they are probably really self conscious so just don’t say anything, unless you know the person really well. Don’t judge anyone, just have some compassion and empathy for what it costs to get our scars out in public.

Just ignore the nasty red marks, scars, welts. Whatever. Just don’t comment.

And to those people WITH nodular prurigo, eczema, psoriasis or anything that affects their skin and how they look or how they think they look, just get out there.

Eczema cartoon

Eczema cartoon from the National Eczema Society

Don’t let your skin hold you back.

Don’t let anything hold you back.

Just enjoy the summer, wear the clothes you want to wear and be proud.

You’re all beautiful and unique and I’m proud of you all for coping with this. Thank you all for all your support, comments and for sharing your journeys with me too. Let’s get out there and show em. Eczema isn’t catching. Get those eczema legs and arms out this summer! πŸ™‚

Further reading:

#GetYourSkinOut: Intimate Photo Series Shows What Living With Psoriasis Is Really Like

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About Ruth

Ruth works freelance as a copywriter and writes the What Allergy blog to share information with people who have allergies, eczema, asthma and food intolerances. http://www.whatallergy.com was voted in the top 5 allergy blogs and Ruth also judges regularly for the FreeFrom Food Awards and FreeFrom Skincare Awards. She also won the Foods You Can People's choice Best FreeFrom blogger award 2014.

Comments

  1. Eczema generally refers to the chronic skin disorder or the skin condition that is mostly characterized by scaly, dry, red, itchy skin. Only the person suffering from eczema knows the pain he is actually going through. An eczema patient suffers from oozed patches that become red, scaly, hard and crusted under the favorable conditions and become breathing grounds for bacteria. The cause of eczema is unknown, however, more studies are focusing on this disease as it’s spreading rapidly around the world. http://eczemaliving.com/know-more-about-eczema/

  2. Way to go Ruth! Take eczema as just part of your life, and not let it be your life.

    • Thanks Colin, it’s just what you have to do with anything isn’t it really? I’m going out today with a dress on that shows some pretty nasty eczema on my arms. Someone will comment, usually a woman, but I will be calm and collected and not get annoyed. πŸ™‚

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