Tia Mowry On Eczema Flare-Ups: It “Really Messes With Your Self-Esteem”
While my main skin problem growing up (and to this day) was acne, for a few of my siblings, they dealt with eczema. I didn’t really understand their struggle, but I saw the effects of it. Backs discolored from not using creams for it. Massive dry patches. Covering up to hide the inflammation. The sound of my brother walking through the house scratching. It’s something their children now deal with. Eczema is no joke.
If you need further proof, just ask Tia Mowry. “The problem with eczema is that once you have that breakout you kind of have to ride it out,” Mowry told InStyle about her struggles with eczema, which she’s had for five years. “I remember the first flare up I had and it’s something that really messes with your self-esteem a little bit.”
Mowry noted that the effects of her eczema have been visible on her hands, and at times, it’s something she feels self-conscious about when in the company of others.
“You can have it on your skin, but sometimes you can have it on your hands,” she said. “The thing is it’s inflammation in your skin. Mine was little small bumps that would just itch and itch and I would scratch. My skin would start to peel and it would be embarrassing shaking people’s hands.”
To deal with her own dermatitis and help others at the same time, Mowry is working with Eucerin to find creams and other products that can help you deal with flare-ups. She’s also offering stress-management and eating tips to keep flare-ups to a minimum.
“The older you get the more you realize you have to start taking care of yourself and taking care of your health and well-being,” Mowry said. “I like to exercise like doing yoga, which really helps me calm down and lower my stress levels. I’ve also just started actively meditating 10 minutes in the morning and at night and it’s so amazing how it calms down the nervous system. Certain foods also trigger it, for me it’s too much alcohol on a girls night out. I think the key is to just listen and pay attention to your body in regards to what foods you’re putting into your body.”
She also recommends two pretty popular Eucerin products for relief. That includes the Eucerin Sensitive Skin Gentle Hydrating Cleanser and the Eucerin Eczema Relief Body Crème for after you get out of the shower. In addition to that, Mowry is encouraging you to share your eczema story. You never know who else has it and how you could help one another.
“When you’re first figuring out what you have, of course it’s embarrassing, but the more you share your experiences with it; it just makes you feel more confident,” she said. “Not only that, whether you know it or not, you may be encouraging someone else.”
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