Let’s get back to the very beginning and being nostalgic.
Love Your Skin is started at August and planned to run for only six weeks. The social cause it is dealing with is the stigma attached to people who live with skin diseases. The rationale behind this choice of topic is that I am actually one of those people who are shameful for what we look like (the story of myself is sharing in the blog as well: https://nodermatologicalshame.wordpress.com/2017/09/17/eczema-i-kind-of-refuse-to-wear-shorts-since-then/).
For actually being a dermatological patient, I am really related to this topic and I feel like I should bring this up and let people out there who also have a hard time dealing with their skin problems know that there is someone supporting them and understanding them. That is what Love Your Skin all about.
I just want to say that those ‘imperfections’ on our body are not going to define who we are. We are more than any ‘imperfections’ on our entire body. And I use quotation marks inside imperfections is because they are made by the society. But think deeply, there is nothing perfect.
Even though I might not be beautiful because of the scars of eczema, you know what, I don’t need to. ‘I am smart, and I am funny. I am real and I am genuine. I am loving and caring, and understanding. I am strong and I am powerful.’ I have accepted the way I look because I can not change it. So I have decided to stop caring what the society thinks, and just be happy everyday and LOVE MY SKIN.
Now, I will leave my words to people who engaged with us these days. We do appreciate every single story you have shared with us! ❤️
My skin was pretty good since I was really little, like, no pimples, white skin tone (As a Asian this is desirable skin tone lol) , until a year ago, due to Uni stress and other personal stuff, My hormones got so messed up and that leads to the outbreak of pimples on my forehead! At first I was really embarrassed and decided to use my bangs to cover the forehead, so no one else can see. I didn’t even tell my friends about the problem because I was afraid they will laugh at me, or joke about this. i was feeling very insecure at that time, and everytime I look into the mirror, I was about to cry. Until one day, my friend accidentally saw this, and talked to me about this. She helped me to been through all the struggles I had, and gave me full support. Now, my skin is getting better and better, and I do not feel that bad anymore. Sometimes you just need someone to talk to, and understand that your look doesn’t represent you, what’s matter the most is how you see yourself.
My dog also has a serious skin problem. He hates taking shower, because he dislikes water. At the same time, he prefers pork liver rather than dog food. All these reasons cause him sheds hair. We have spent lots of money and time to solve his problem.
I have KP on my arms, that I’ve tried to treat — but dealing with it is so hard, and at the end of the day it’s just a minor cosmetic imperfection. My sister and mom and brother all have it, and I’d never judge them for it… so why should I be judging myself!
While I don’t have eczema per se I do have keratosis Polaris (chicken skin)on my upper arms and always have had it. It’s definitely something that makes me self-conscious. It’s crazy how small little comments like asking what’s on your arms can really mess either your self confidence!