Did you know that our skin is the largest organ in our body?
I have to admit that I am one lucky gal – I have been blessed with good (face) skin for most of my life – but i also have my fair share of skin problems (mostly on the rest of the body!).
I know how terrible it is to have skin problems cos’ it is downright uncomfortable or even painful! So I’m going to share my skin issues with you – and if you have something similar – I hope you are able to figure out a solution – just as i have figured out mine! Today’s topic? Eczema!
When I was young – I suffered from pretty bad eczema on my feet. It was dry and cracked so bad that my skin spilt apart and started to bleed – serious. no kidding. I resorted to walking only on my heels when my toes and upper half of my feet were bleeding – and then well….my heels started cracking and bleeding too. It was a miserable and painful and I really didn’t know what to do. My mum bought me to the doctor, and they prescribe some medicated cream, but it didn’t help much (not that i recalled) and something as simple as walking that most people can take for granted – hurt alot for me.
okay, i figured, a photo of a pretty feet is wayyyy better than one that is cracking/peeling and bleeding huh?
Doctors do what they can to help diagnose your problem, but from experience I realise it is also up to ourselves to figure out what our triggers are and what works. most of the time – it is after much head scratching and trying out different methods that I found what was causing me pain, and from there – find some solutions.
So if you are suffering from eczema, your triggers may not be the same as mine, but I hope in sharing – you might be able to start figuring out what is causing your pain.
Essentially – my skin is sensitive to dirt. and I didn’t know I was subjecting my poor feet to loads of stress by walking barefooted in the house. and when it couldn’t take the stress from the dirt – it retaliated in the only way it knew how to – mild peeling at first, and then cracking and then bleeding…
so what helped?
1. Wearing Slippers.
yup, i wore these plain unassuming plastic slippers and they saved me from much pain!
Ha! so simple right! But boy oh boy – i dunno why – but I only wore slippers after years of suffering. Probably only when it hurt sooo much and became pretty unbearable that I somehow started wearing slippers – my skin improved and bleed less. but they still bleed cos it was dry! so i started….
2. Moisturising my feet.
another really simple and straight forward solution. I used normal off-the-shelf moisturisers (hey! i was only 10+ so i just used whatever was in the house), and they helped alleviate the dryness – but still my feet were still awfully dry and a huge mess. I was embarrassed if anyone ever had to see my feet cos’ they were just in terrible form from all the cracking and skin peeling and bleeding.
Then I found the PERFECT moisturiser! okay – it was my mum 🙂 She (or we….i can’t rem) was on holiday and bought Body Shop’s HEMP FOOT PROTECTOR! Initially when she bought the moisturiser – i was skeptical whether it would work cos’ the cream is so liquidly! I still remember thinking ‘huh. so liquid ah. absorb so fast – sure or not. maybe like the other mositurizers – sure don’t work one’ (they changed the formulae over the years and it’s thicker consistency now).
and lo and behold – to my utter amazement, my skin on my feet improved TREMENDOUSLY within the week! after daily usage and in a couple of months – my feet was transformed from a cracking, peeling, bleeding mess – to a normal looking feet. it worked like a MIRACLE! I’m not kidding nor exaggerating – the transformation was huge. and for someone to have ‘normal’ feet after years of suffering is such an unbelievable relief! I think by allowing the skin to retain its mositure – it helped in the healing of poor feet.
so here it is – the first of my SUPER LOVE. I have been using it for 10 years already and I haven’t not stopped – simply cos’ it works for me. It’s not available in Singapore where I live – cos’ it contains cannabis or something – so i get my stash from relatives who visit Australia. or well there is always online shopping!
Body Shop Hemp Foot Protector! if you suffer from very dry skin – this is a miracle! for being such a amazing product in my life – it deserves a HUGE photo space! yay!!