New research conducted by Epaderm reveals that 37% of eczema sufferers say the condition affects their confidence on a daily basis.
The study surveyed 1,000 people in the UK who suffer from eczema and dry skin conditions. More than 30% of respondents revealed that they have been asked what was wrong with their skin, while 21% had received comments dismissing the condition as ‘only dry skin’.
One of the most common things eczema sufferers had been asked was whether the condition was contagious. They have also been told to stop scratching.
Another study previously revealed the emotional impact skin conditions have on people’s mental health, with 79% of eczema sufferers missing work due to flare ups.
“Skin conditions can have a profound impact on people’s lives, even when the patches of dry skin aren’t immediately visible to others. It can cause feelings of stress, anxiety, anger, low self-esteem, and embarrassment, affecting people’s personal, professional and social life,” said specialist dermatology nurse Karen Pett. “My three top tips for helping people minimise the impact are: talk it over and share your stresses with friends and family members, reset with exercise and mindfulness, and prioritise sleep.” (Source: Professional Beauty UK)