…I would very much like if you would leave my life never to return. My dermatitis been persistent for around 2 months now and becoming increasingly annoying. My dermatitis initially developed when I was at uni. Being a little dick ‘ed I thought I was too cool to wear gloves when pissing about with harsh chemicals and epoxy resin glues (even to the extent where I thought it was mega cool to put my entire arm in the pickling tank to retrieve an embellishment from the bottom that I couldn’t fish out with the tweezer things)…. this turned out to be not so good for my hands/skin and I soon developed contact dermatitis, which ultimately means that nowadays I cannot even look at substances like Fairy Liquid without coming over all an itch. This latest flair up has been here since I moved in to my new flat, I guess I didn’t want to admit it until the doctor confirmed it but apparently it’s here this time due to stress. I’m not even a person who believes in stress. I’m very much a ‘take each day as it comes’ kinda gal. But alas, subliminally the stress has got me and taken it out on my poor hands. The doctor did give me some steroid cream for it, but to be honest I’d rather eradicate than have to carry on applying it, as it’s not great for your skin in the long term anyway. I only decided to do a blog post about it after I found myself recommending things on Twitter to people (hashtag ZOMBIEHANDS) and realised I wasn’t alone with this horrible skin condition! The images of the actual dermatitis below are after it had started to clear up and therefore are nowhere near as graphic as they could have been. My little finger really swelled up and the cuticles on my thumb, ring finger and pinky have completely disappeared now, it was also raw to the point of bleeding at times ….sounds a little icky, but it’s getting better…..
The final product I have discovered recently which has really eased the redness and flaky sore skin has been the Salcura Dermaspray and Zeoderm Cream. I found a free sample of this online where you only paid the £2 postage and packaging. It’s a very good product and I would recommend the sample just to try it out if you suffer from Eczema, Dermatitis or Psorosis as for £2 you don’t exactly break the bank if it doesn’t work! I’m not sure how useless this blog post will be for anyone else because everyone’s skin is completely different and what works for some won’t work for others. A lot of people recommend Lush products to me, but for me personally they seem to make my skin worse, I was using the FUN bar as a bubble bath for a few weeks and I don’t think that helped at all. I changed this over to the E45 bath cream for dry skin though and despite not being a very luxurious product, it’s brilliant at keeping your skin soft! What I have learnt though is to always wear gloves when dealing with chemicals, avoid stress(!!!), use alcohol free products and avoid chemicals where possible. A great blog to check out if you suffer from any skin conditions or allergies is SugarpuffFish who specialises in all those products which are free from nasties.
Dermatitis I now dub thee DemaSHITEis, but you’ll be gone soon. Mark my words. You. will. Be. Gone.