Hello again my eczema warriors. I say ‘warriors’ because I really do believe it take a true warrior to battle eczema, or any other skin condition for that matter that’s physically on show. It’s hard enough for someone with beautiful skin to accept their appearance so it’s 10 times worse for us scabby, weepy, bloody, patchy, itchy lot to be happy with the way that we look. Everyone has their own insecurities and eczema has always been one of mine ever since I started high school in the year 2000 but recently it’s become less of an insecurity and more so part of my lifestyle.
I’ve recently had some feedback on my blog from an honest but unhappy lady suggesting that by me posting about ways I cover up my eczema, I’m actually sending out a negative message to all eczema sufferers that you should cover up your eczema because it’s something you shouldn’t have on show in public. This is something I never even considered to be an issue. My blog isn’t about that at all, it’s about being proud of who you are regardless which is why I felt I needed to write this post. She said people shouldn’t cover up their eczema because they have nothing to hide which got me thinking. Is covering up your eczema with make-up such a big of a deal? If someone woke up with a big angry red pimple on their face one morning and reached for that handy concealer to cover it up would they get the same reaction? Would they be told they shouldn’t wear concealer because they have nothing to hide or would it just be brushed under that make-up carpet and just accepted as an every day occurrence in most people’s lives? There are many beauty bloggers out there who youtube tutorials on how to cover up acne and their comments are all positive so what makes that any different to covering up eczema?
I wear make-up for the same reason every other make-up wearer does, because I like to. I like putting on my mask, it makes me feel good. I like trying out new make-up products and I like getting excited over new releases. I like getting dressed up for a night out and slapping on that red lippy. I like changing my make-up style according to my outfit. It mixes things up a bit and I’ve always been someone who gets bored quite easily. I don’t specifically wear make-up to solely cover up my eczema, eczema just happens to be there and so it makes wearing make-up harder to do. If I had perfect skin, I would still wear make-up. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t wear it all the time because it would irritate my skin too much to wear it every day so going out of the house with patchy dry skin is also a frequent occurrence in my life.
So why all of a sudden should one feel as though they have to go out with no make-up on and have their eczema on show in order to prove they are not ashamed of it? Why should you have to prove to people that you embrace having eczema? Surely by you not caring what people think is proof of you being proud of your skin, which also means not feeling the need to prove to strangers that you don’t care.
If you’re not usually a make-up wearer or never have been then I think that’s great, everyone is different and that’s the beauty of individuality. If we were all the same the world would be a very boring place and there would certainly be less choice for a singleton. If you didn’t like the look of someone, you would be screwed because we would all look the same and therefore you’d be alone forever. Oh…
I am proud of my eczema. I am proud of every red patch, every open wound, every swollen body part, every scab, every bit of dry skin, every scar, every pain, every itch, and every clump of hair that falls out when I wash it because being able to see all of that reminds me of how strong I am as a person and how I’m successfully getting through the most difficult time of my life. My eczema has shaped me as a person, and regardless of how it may look, I’ve come out on top.
Whether you’re young, or old, or man, or woman, whether you’re part of an LGBT community or suffer from any form of physical or mental disability or illness, whether you’re black or white, or rich or poor we all have one thing in common… Individuality.
There is a quote I live my life by and it’s a quote very dear to my heart…
“Be who you are, and say what you feel because those that mind don’t matter and those that matter don’t mind”
Be you, love you, and live your life for you.
Peace out you beautiful individuals! Stay strong and stay positive.