But knowing what type of skin you have will help you decide on the best way of treatment, so let’s get down to finding out whether you have dehydrated skin, dry skin, or eczema (atopic dermatitis).
“Though it’s just a skin condition, I don’t think people really know how challenging it is to be fine one day and then wake up covered with rashes the next,” remarks Felicia Yang, a student with eczema, “It can really ruin your day, especially your confidence.” As a current high school junior, Felicia has dealt with eczema for nearly ten years now, first experiencing symptoms when she was in preschool. Initially, her parents treated it as an allergic reaction, but soon, they realized it was something more chronic. Sometimes the scabbing worsened to the point where she could not bend her knees or elbows - let alone, approach a group of people without receiving a look of disdain. “I wasn’t teased upfront.” she recounts, “but I knew what people were staring at and what was going through their minds. I had friends, but my appearance was still a huge obstacle.”
I don’t know about you, but I love spring cleaning! It’s really the one (and only) time in the year that I look forward to cleaning and tidying. I think I’m probably the most excited about starting to pack away the winter coats and start bringing out the more ‘summery’ attire. This is also usually the time I finally take the time to go through all of my cosmetics, shampoos and lotions to throw out anything that is more than halfway finished and hasn’t been touched in who knows how long… And of course, to incentivize my kids to help clean their rooms I promise them a Saturday of pizza and arts & crafts to redecorate their rooms with (the art, not the pizza ;)).
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