I feel like eczema’s a journey for every sufferer: trying to know your skin, handling flare-ups, trying new products. For me one of the biggest triggers is the chemicals in new clothing, which makes it so hard for me to go shopping. My sweat bothers it too… so that’s my excuse for not working out!
I first had eczema as a baby, but it came back when I was 12. That was hard – people would make fun of me. I remember someone saying to me, ‘Hey Alexis! You’ve got something on your face!’ They brought it up, even though it was obviously something that bothered me. I’ve always wanted to wear cute backless tops or dresses, but my problem area has always been my back. So I would never get to wear those, which was disheartening because I’d think, ‘Aw, this is so cute!’ And then realize, ‘Oh, I can’t wear it…’