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Instagramer Showed How Painful It Is to Have Eczema on Your Face

Thursday, 23 February 2017 :  Everyone struggles with their own body insecurities, and most of us wouldn’t dream of broadcasting them on social media—let alone to more than 135,000 followers. But that’s exactly what Carys Gray, a fitness Instagram star from Wales, did when she shared a photo of an eczema flare-up on her face yesterday.

Gray’s post featured two side-by-side selfies: In the snapshot on the left, her makeup is on point, and she looks, well, flawless. In the picture on the right, the upper half of her face is covered in red patches.

Eczema (also known as atopic dermatitis) is estimated to affect as many as 35 million Americans. “[It’s] a genetic condition where the skin barrier is not functioning as well as it should, making it more susceptible to environmental allergies, irritation, and infection,” dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, MD, explained in a prior interview with Health. “The skin cannot maintain hydration and becomes inflamed, leading to characteristic red, scaly rashes as well as significant itch.”

In a cruel twist, the mental toll of living with the condition can exacerbate the symptoms. “Stress can certainly impact the disease and make it worse,” said Dr. Zeichner, who is the director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research in Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.

Gray noted that when her eczema isn’t under control, her face is “very blotchy, sore, and I can’t wear any makeup.” She called it a “big insecurity,” and said she struggles with self-acceptance during a flare.

Source By: Internet

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