I’ve had eczema for a long time but it became more noticeable for me when I got to secondary school and other pupils would make hurtful comments. It made me feel like I wasn’t normal.
Some days I’ll love my skin no matter how it looks while other days I will lack confidence and don’t want leave the house. At its worse, I can’t describe the pain the eczema causes, I wouldn’t wish it upon my worst enemy. It’s scratching an itch that’s unbearable and it really can be debilitating at times.
The turning point came for me when I started a blog about beauty and fashion. Not only could I write about the things I love, but it was a place I could be more open and honest about it helping to normalise it. It has opened up a massive community for me that I never knew existed. 15 million people in the UK live with eczema, and if we can educate people through campaigns such as this it’ll be great.