Cambria, 22, lives with eczema

Growing up, Cambria’s eczema made her feel like an outsider. But after sharing her feelings on YouTube, she realised opening up could help her much more than dealing with her anxiety alone.

I had quite a rough relationship with my skin when I was younger – even a couple of years ago I was still dealing with that. There have been times when my face was so affected by my eczema that I just didn’t want to make eye contact with people. I didn’t want to catch that question in their eyes; ‘what’s going on with her?’ There was one time I went to a cashier and I noticed that right as I stepped away, quickly before the next person walked up, she wiped down the card machine. I was like, “…you know, I’m not contagious or anything!” 

I’ve learnt to accept eczema as a part of my beauty. It’s a part of me. Now I can appreciate my appearance, and my skin. I’m finally able to look in the mirror and say, ‘I look cute today.’ - Cambria
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Eczema was a big dampener on my self-esteem, but it was also something I internalized way too much and didn’t want to talk about. Then, a year ago, I uploaded a video about my anxiety from eczema to YouTube and I discovered that other people were dealing with feelings like this too. I realized I didn’t need to feel out of place around other people. Everyone has things that they go through – mine just happens to be eczema.

There are so many hard things about dealing with eczema: the constant itch for one, as well as feeling like you have to explain your skin to people – but there are definitely positive sides too. I’ve learnt to accept eczema as a part of my beauty. It’s a part of me. Now I can appreciate my appearance, and my skin. I’m finally able to look in the mirror and say, ‘I look cute today.’ 

Find out more about Cambria’s journey with eczema by following her on YouTube.