The Shadow Side of Sensitive Skin: The Unspoken Impact of Eczema and Sensitive Skin has on Women's Lives

The Shadow Side of Sensitive Skin: The Unspoken Impact of Eczema and Sensitive Skin has on Women's Lives

Eczema and sensitive skin conditions affects so many people all over the world, and how it affects people's lives goes even deeper than the skin. For many women, these skin issues can influence different areas of their lives, from relationships with others, themselves, to even their jobs.

In this blog, we'll explore the statistics on eczema and sensitive skin, uncover the unspoken effects on women's livelihood, and offer unique ways to empower women to embrace their true selves and stop hiding.
Eczema and Sensitive Skin:
What Do The Numbers Say?
The National Eczema Association has stated that eczema affects more than 31 million people in the United States alone, with women being more prone to the condition than men. Sensitive skin is another common issue, affecting approximately half of the population of women and 40% of men. While these numbers clearly showcase how many people are affected with sensitive skin across the USA, they don't talk about the actual mental and psychological issues that arise with having sensitive skin. 
The Invisible Pain Sensitive Skin Has On Women's Lives
Living with eczema or sensitive skin can significantly impact people's well-being. These conditions can lead to:
-Low self-esteem: Visible (and Invisible) skin issues can cause feelings of embarrassment and self-consciousness, resulting in believing you're worthless. I've personally experienced this as I grew up hating my own skin and inevitably myself. 
-Social anxiety: Women with eczema or sensitive skin may avoid social situations due to fear of judgment or discomfort. No one likes feeling like people are starting in disgust at their skin and wondering if they're contagious. 
-Relationship strain: Skin conditions can affect intimacy, communication, and overall relationship satisfaction. If you are in the midst of a flare up, or even just because of the fact you have scars from sensitive skin, it can harshly impact you in and out of the bedroom. 
-Career challenges: Women may feel less confident in the workplace or avoid certain professions due to skin concerns. Women already don't apply for jobs if they aren't 100% right for the position, now imagine that in to of confidence issues, you probably won't even put yourself up for that promotion you know you are fully qualified for. You may not even know why because it can be a subconscious choice at this point. 
There is also a huge impact when it comes to people's will to live, the chances of thinking and attempting suicide or even doing it is much higher. The NEA has found that the negative impacts on our mental health is higher than people with heart disease, high blood pressure, and even diabetes.

Embracing Your True Self: Empowering Strategies

Even though it feels absolutely impossible to overcome these challenges, there are ways to overcome the emotional effects of eczema and sensitive skin. Here are some empowering strategies to help women embrace their true selves:

  1. Put you first! Since we know flare-ups, etc can occur more often when you are stressed. Doing things you enjoy and practicing some self-care will go a long way. Do not put 'Baby' in the corner (I.e. you)!
  2. Find your tribe! Having people around that knows what you are going through and won't judge you and make you feel worse is key. I am plugging in my Facebook group here, I am creating a community called the Sensitive Skincare Sorority just for this exact reason.
  3. Focus on self-care (This is so important, I basically said this twice): Prioritize mental and physical well-being by practicing relaxation techniques, staying active, and maintaining a balanced diet. Listen to music, dance silly, take a walk, everything you do for yourself outside of adulting is self-care.
  4. Replace negative thoughts with positivity: Replace self-critical thoughts with positive affirmations and celebrate small victories in managing your skin condition. I get it, how are you going to be positive about a rash, but just know that is your immune system working for you (it is a bit overprotective but it isn't necessarily trying to hurt you). Step out into this world confident, the more you do it..the easier it becomes. Even if it is fake at first, you will be surprised when you realize your subconscious doesn't know the difference.
  5. Show Up and Show Out! Emphasize your unique qualities, skills, and talents, reminding yourself that you are more than your skin. Do all of the things. Put yourself out there! There is absolutely no one out in the world like you, no one with your talents, unique abilities, etc., you have no idea how you showing up as your true self will help another. 

The impact of eczema and sensitive skin on women's lives goes beyond the physical symptoms. By understanding the emotional effects and adopting empowering strategies, women can begin to embrace their true selves and live life to the fullest. Remember, your skin doesn't define you – it's just one part of your beautiful, unique story. You're amazing..believe it and the world will have no choice but to believe it as well.

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