Hello, why yes, I am an eczema sufferer. How could you tell? Was it the “allergic shiners” and the Dennie-Morgan lines under my eyes? Was it the fact that my skin constantly looks FUBAR and never seems to get better? Was it the fact that I’ve stopped wearing almost all forms of makeup, save for lots and lots of concealer? Was it the fact that I often seem to avoid contact with people so that I don’t have to have them looking at my face?
Well yes, yes I do have eczema. But please, for the love of God, no matter how kind you are, please do not give my skin a concerned look and ask me if I am okay. I AM FINE! I FEEL GREAT! ON THE INSIDE, I’M THE PICTURE OF HEALTH! IT’S JUST THAT MY SKIN IS BETRAYING ME!
A very kind and well meaning woman at work had been coming up to me frequently and saying things like, “Are you feeling okay? Your eyes look TIRED!” After the second time she said this, I politely said, “I am fine, I’ve been dealing with some allergies”. Days later, she comes up again and says, “Are you still dealing with allergies?” I know where she’s going with this and I start getting kind of internally pissed off, so I give her a blank stare and say, “WHY?” She gets a little taken aback and says, “Well, ever since I’ve seen you, your eyes just look so sad”.
DAMN. Thanks, lady. I don’t need any reminding that I no longer feel pretty because of my eczema. I get that reminder every time I look in a mirror, thank you.