Charlene, 30, lives with extremely dry skin

Charlene’s skin is unpredictable. Relapses of her skin condition took its toll, leaving her emotionally and physically exhausted. She reveals how the power of determination helped her to regain control…

I learnt that I can be confident with my skin if I want to, because what people see is not your skin, it’s the person underneath. - Charlene
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“Charlene, your skin, there’s so many dots! If you connect it, it's like the interstellar galaxy.”

My life was full of dots ever since I was young. But as I got older, I started my career as a freelance financial planner – that’s when my skin condition really began to flare-up. My skin began to relapse every couple of months for almost two years, and I felt like I had lost control. What started as small patches as a child spiraled into years of doctors’ appointments, creams, pills and a muddle of emotions.

Every day I have to face clients, with my condition on full show, and I do get stares – I feel their eyes all over me, and how my skin looks like. I got physically and emotionally exhausted of all the treatments and decided to stop completely, but that’s when it came back, and the second time it hit me, it hit me even harder. People even asked me why I don’t cover up and wear long sleeves to hide my skin away.

It was then I decided that I won’t let my skin stop me from enjoying my life. I started to change my diet, my lifestyle and my mindset, to help me take back control. I began to take more care of myself, as well as my skin.

I learnt that I can be confident with my skin if I want to, because what people see is not your skin, it’s the person underneath, and how you interact with others. I started to be more aware of how I wanted to be as a person. 

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