Stunning fashion model and actress Cara Delevingne isn’t the only one slapping on a bit of make up on her gorgeous long legs this summer. I have done the same since my best friend from hell eczema decided to pay me a visit. Cara Delevingne suffers from psoriasis; a skin condition which is similar to eczema. Cara kept covering all the affected area on her skin with make up (Bless her cotton socks!) Until Kate Moss took notice and advised her to see her doctor. Glam puss Kim kardashian also suffers from psoriasis.
I must admit that it was really refreshing seeing Cara strut her stuff recently on the runway with her psoriasis scar all bare for the world to see. Apart from the fact that she is a step to being a mere mortal like the rest of us, I admire her confidence and thoughtfulness on creating a health awareness around the skin condition (I have always known that Models can actually be very intelligent)
here goes my itchy story.
I have suffered from eczema since I was a child, which continued to worsen in my teens. My eczema flared up mostly on my trunk, legs and hands, leaving me with dark spots on the affected areas. Hence, I spent good part of my teen years, feeling too embarrassed to wear short dresses or skirts. I kept my legs covered all the time. As I got older, my eczema episodes started to fade away and of course discovering emollient cream helped my skin to recover.
I have also noticed a pattern with my eczema, It tends to return when I am under a lot of stress. Therefore, my immediate reaction would be to try to slow down. It’s almost like a warning bell to my body.
Eczema and psoriasis are hereditary and in some cases, stress induced. I still haven’t experienced anything more annoying than waking up in the morning and realising that you have scratched the living day light out of your skin. Then my other half would make matters worse by saying ‘have you been scratching again honey?’ ‘you are gonna ruin your skin’…aah the annoyance!
Nonetheless, my no-eczema days are great; I would get those strong and gorgeous Legs out (I am a runner ) happily. Causing a little havoc among local men or may be few fisher men down in Cornwall and oh! let’s not forget those fit surfers too. I cherished every moment of clear skin until my next flare up.
This summer has been particularly bad with my eczema, perhaps it was making up for last year when I didn’t have it all. Considering that I have been under a lot stress with work this year, it is almost expected.
I am receiving treatment from my brilliant doctor, who also understands the emotional feeling of being covered in spots. The doctor recommended some topical cream (Betnovate) and emollient wash (Cetraban) which should be used instead of soap to maintain skin moisture. In addition to those, I regularly apply Bio Oil to reduce my scaring. My skin condition is already improving and all the spots are starting to fade away. More importantly, Work situation is so much better. I feel in control and things are starting to fall right into place.
In the mean time, I shall continue to cover my legs with little spray of Sally Hansen’ airbrush legs. Great stuff!,(it should be called ‘miracle in an aerosol can). So boo to Eczema!
Just so I could derive further joy in grossing you out, pictures below are for your viewing pleasure. But think of what me, Cara Delevingne and Kim kardashian have to put up with.( Jeez! aren’t we some gorgeous sexy trio with nasty skin condition)
Have a great weekend and lots of love.
- Cara Delevingne suffers stress-induced psoriasis which causes her legs to break out in painful red sores (dailymail.co.uk)
- As Cara Delevingne bravely talks about psoriasis, so do we (fashion.telegraph.co.uk)
- What is eczema? (materhealthycommunity.com)
- Stressed skin and the city: why psoriasis is now a common problem for overworked Londoners (standard.co.uk)
- Eczema and Hard Water – What is the Relationship? (harveywatersofteners.co.uk)