Dermatitis is a serious problem

Getting a baby looking glowing skin is everyone’s dream. Me for instance dreaming for that, but unfortunately I have lots of skin issues.I was a typical ‘probinsyana’ that loves to play rough! As a child I enjoy climbing guava tree of our neighbor so I got lots of scars. In my teen-ager years, running in the rice fields and playing in an open fields again give me scars and allergies. But when I go to college and wearing those mini skirt as a college uniform give me inferiority complex. The scars in my legs are showing that even I wear stockings it makes me feel ashamed.

I also develop dermatitis when using detergents or soap and spraying fruity scents perfumes. This condition is quite irritating since I can’t do laundry without using gloves or use any soap fearing that my dermatitis will flare up.

It is a serious problem that affects me physically and emotionally. My dermatitis causes me a lot of setbacks and be aloof to others. The redness and swelling of my skin is really annoying. Sometimes I could see a vesicle formation (minute blisters) or scaling that other people does not want to seat beside me thinking it could transfer to them.

Visiting a dermatologist is quite pricey, and dermatitis creams are really expensive that I ended up doing some home remedies that could manage or prevent the flare-ups and reduce itching and soothe inflamed skin. These are my self-care measures:

Moisturize skin at least twice a day. Finding a right cream, bath oils, ointments and spray is quite challenge for me. A wrong moisturizer could make my dermatitis worst. I almost tried everything but only Cetaphil moisturizing cream suites my skin. Cetaphil cleansers have been clinically proven to be effective by not irritating and not drying up the skin. It also provides long lasting skin hydration and helps restore the skin’s natural protective barrier.

I also use mild soap without dyes or perfumes. Cetaphil gentle cleansing bar is perfect for me. It is a scentless, non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic product perfect for my dermatitis. When cetaphil soap is not around I use baby soaps and body wash also.

But being a writer stress and anxiety comes from time to time and this worsens my dermatitis. I try to relax my mind and acknowledge problems and think for a solution.

If flare-up comes, I’m always ready with an anti-itch cream and apply it to the affected area. This nonprescription hydrocortisone cream contains at least 1 percent hydrocortisone that can temporarily relieve the itch. I also avoid scratching by pressing on the skin or applying a hot compress.

If only I could turn back time, maybe I could be more careful and learn to take care my skin. But for now, thank you to Cetaphil products my dermatitis is manageable!