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!”
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 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.