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Mercedes, 23, lives with eczema

Eczema has always been a part of Mercedes’ life. But it’s been a journey for her to come to terms with her condition and start making peace with dry skin…

You see perfect skin all over social media. But not everyone has perfect skin – whether it’s eczema, psoriasis, acne, or whatever, the more we show it, the more people will accept it. Nobody is perfect. We should rock our scars. - Mercedes
@Dove
2017-11-18T00:00:00.000Z

I’ve had eczema as far back as I can remember, but it didn’t start getting bad until about 6th or 7th grade. And it’s only this year that I started to own up to my condition and accept it for what it is.

I’ve seen myself change so much: before I kind of put up a front. With eczema, you feel like the entire world is honing in on your imperfections. People would have never known how insecure I was because I wouldn’t let people get close to me. My mom used to get me these shirts with the thumbs cut out of the sleeve so I could completely cover up my hands – when I found out that those types of shirts even existed I was ecstatic! I wore them all the time. You would never see me in anything revealing, that’s just how uncomfortable I was with myself.

But now I’m learning to accept myself. I even went to Miami for Spring Break. Initially it was terrifying: wearing a bikini in front of so many people was a first for me… but I had the time of my life! Something just clicked when the girls I went with told me they hadn’t even noticed the eczema I had on my hands. It amazed me. All these years, people hadn’t even been paying attention to my eczema – it had just been in my head. That was a turning point for me. 

You see perfect skin all over social media. But not everyone has perfect skin – whether it’s eczema, psoriasis, acne, or whatever, the more we show it, the more people will accept it. Nobody is perfect. We should rock our scars. To me, true beauty is confidence in yourself and it’s how you treat others. 

Find out more about Mercedes’ journey to make peace with dry skin by following her Instagram account @keystothecedes

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