Ok so I don’t have an ex-stepbrother like Cher from Clueless (although I do have a dreaded ex in there somewhere) and also while we’re on the subject, how can Alicia Silverstone still look so amazing even though her eyes are looking at her brain? I roll my eyes on the daily and it is not pretty. I guess it helps if you’re Alicia Silverstone.
Meanwhile you can totally listen to our podcast episode where we discuss Clueless here, or on iTunes, or on the embedded player at the end of this post. Still one of my favourites, and one of the most downloaded!
Anyway, dearly beloved, I have gathered you all here today to discuss eczema. Of which I have small patches popping up now that it’s winter.
Now, last year I was like “oh look, I have eczema, I haven’t seen that in 30 years!” and I used all sorts of shit on it that people recommend and it just got worse and awful and I had an angry red patch on my inner elbow for AGES. I was like “but they said coconut oil works!” and thought I just had to wait for it to work. It never worked.
Cue me headed onto several flights to get to Portland with a fresh monkey bite on my leg (remember that? that was fun) and it was swollen, bruised and unhappy. Doctor administering the four injections directly into the wound recommended various things and while I was at the chemist collecting them, they recommended a cortisone cream to help with the flying/inflammation situation. She told me it worked for eczema too and I used it once on my arm and my angry red patch disappeared. Huzzah!
So now it’s a new winter and the eczema is peeping through the skin on my other inner elbow (and my hairline, yay) just threatening to take over the joint and start ordering me about. I keep dabbing on the cortisone to keep it at bay (in amongst all the other things I put on it “just in case” hi calendula I’m looking at you), but I’m all about the prevention.
Seeing as I haven’t had eczema since I was a kid, I’m pretty clueless in this department, and of course Dr Google gives me conflicting answers. My diet is pretty awesome, I’m working on extra hyrdration and if I could lower the stress, that would be rad… its a work in progress. Working mum life isn’t a total breeze 110% of the time, and while I’m pretty chill in general, there’s still a lot to balance. I also like magnesium baths and smelling like coconuts, but I also enjoy skin that isn’t mad at me.
So if you have experience with eczema, please let me know what worked for you? Please? I bet you know first-hand how much itching can drive you craaaaaaaaazy.