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How’s the skin you’re in today?

For those of us with skin conditions, it's more than just skin deep. It's something that affects us every day — some days more than others.

Our skin is something that's hard to miss. Conditions like eczema or atopic dermatitis, keratosis pilaris, or hives can make others look and say things in ways that are just as hard for us to ignore.

What brought you here today? Did something frustrate you? Challenge you? Surprise you? Make you sad? Angry? Happy?

No matter if it's something big or small, share why you're here today. Because we know it's more than just skin deep. 

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  • Jen

    Several members of my family have eczema.  We are fortunate that we don't really see flares in the summer.  Now….the rest of the year, particularly the winter, we tend to have plenty of flares.  So we have to be sure to be diligent about moisturizing and using ointments on the flares.

  • K8sMom2002

    Winter is our trouble-spot, too. DD's hands get really bad if she forgets to moisturize them properly. My sister, too, has seen really awful winters for her hands. 

    How do you guys balance out the need for frequent hand washing with avoiding eczema flares in the winter? For us, frequent hand washing is a must (asthma flares with upper respiratory infections, plus food allergies). But DD hates the feel of lotion or cream on her hands. 

  • Pljohns

    That's a juggling act I was never good at-hand sanitizer or soap dries skin out so bad but you can't work with a lot of lotion on your hands either.  We use clorox wipes here for some of our equipment that as much as I've had to clean that until we got a tech, I had a place on one finger that was totally through 2 layers of skin-it just ate my finger skin.  I started using gloves if I have to touch the clorox and that helped.  DS#2 has really sensitive/dry skin and so does DH so we just try to keep everything moisturized after showers especially.  

  • K8sMom2002

    Bummer on the Clorox wipes and the frequent cleaning — I've heard of other medical care workers that have the same issue. 

    Maybe I need to think about ways to keep lotion/cream handy. What would be a way to keep lotions handy?

  • tlb2002

    I have dyshidrotic eczema on my hands and my dermatologist has me use Dove Sensitive Skin soap to wash my hands. The bar soap is fine but I like Target's generic version of the body soap. If you dilute it with some water, it works in liquid soap dispensers pretty well. It helps quite a bit but I still have to be careful not to overwash my hands.

    Heavily chlorinated water seems to aggravate it too. Our water used to be so bad that we had to put filters on the shower. They make under the sink versions too. Thank goodness we are on a well now.

    I also stopped using any lotion that has fragrance. I hate the feel of lotions too. I like CeraVe and VaniCream. They aren't too greasy. I keep lotion on my nightstand and put it on right before I go to sleep so I'm not as bothered by it. I keep small travel-sized containers in my purse too.

    Those are some ways I keep mine somewhat under control. It's a never-ending battle. Winter isn't an issue for me any more.  When I did live in a colder climate, I found that wearing gloves more often outside helped a bit. 

  • K8sMom2002
    tlb2002 posted:

    I like Target's generic version of the body soap. If you dilute it with some water, it works in liquid soap dispensers pretty well. It helps quite a bit but I still have to be careful not to overwash my hands. 

    What a great idea — I don't know why I never thought of using body soap instead of regular hand soap! We don't have a Target nearby, but I'll look at our stores and see if there's anything similar. 

    One thing that we do is to re-use foaming soap dispensers. A tablespoon of dish detergent (we use Palmolive Pure and Clear) and the rest of the soap dispenser filled with water, and we have foaming hand soap that's not been TOO rough on DD's hands. But I'm wondering if your approach might even be better.

    I'm definitely going to add a couple of things based on your advice:

    • A lotion dispenser near the sink with one of those two lotions
    • A small travel dispenser so that DD can have it in the winter.
  • tlb2002

    @K8sMom2002, Walmart's generic is good too. The original Dove soap is pretty thick, but the generic ones are a little thinner (and cheaper) and seem to work better as a hand soap. I haven't tried it in a foaming dispenser. That might help it go a little further. I'll have to check it out. 

    I hope you find something that works! 

  • K8sMom2002

    Ooh, that's good to know! I'll look for it tomorrow when I go shopping. I

    'm really impressed with how well the foaming dispensers work — I usually buy a Method foaming hand soap and use it up, then add the soap. I've also tried reusing Kroger's brand foaming hand-soap's dispenser, and it works just as well.

    The dispensers last for a good while before you have to replace them — as long as the high priced one that I bought at a bed and bath shop, but a fraction of the price, and with at least one thing of hand soap in it. If you couldn't use the hand soap, then I suppose you could dump it and rinse.

  • Jen

    I've been dealing with a lot of itchiness on my upper back lately.  I need to try to get into a routine of moisturizing/using steroid ointment on the itchy spots.  It's just difficult when I can't really see/reach that spot. Any suggestions?