For the last couple of years, I’ve suffered from skin eczema, particularly over the winter months where the cold, dry air exposes my already vulnerable skin to a greater potential of outbreak.
In the three years it’s really affected me, this has been the coldest winter we’ve had. I’m happy to say, though, that it’s also been the winter that has had the least impact on me. I think I’ve finally found balance!
The first year I had problems, there was a spot next to my mouth that got very red, very raw, and very itchy. I spent the first few weeks in denial, figuring it would just go away. I finally went to my family doctor at the time, who gave me a cream that only seemed to aggravate the issue. He then referred me to a dermatologist. As it was my first time ever visiting a dermatologist, I figured maybe it was normal that it took quite a few visits to get seemingly nowhere. He had me try two other creams (neither of which worked particularly well), he made me get skin patch testing to see if any particular chemicals might be causing it (inconclusive), and recommended that I change many of the personal hygiene products I used.