I have had problems w/ my skin all my life. My skin was so sensitive as a baby, my mother could only use certain soaps on me, and Dreft detergent on my clothes. I had a terrible problem w/ my skin from about the age of 12, my body, yes, my whole body broke out in a rash. I had to go to the dr for this thing. It was never named, but he gave me a salve to apply dot by dot on my body, head to toe. I had to go into school w/ this stupid rash on me. Happy memories, NOT!
When I was about 14 or so, I developed another rash (probably the same thing only different, lol). I got this on my face, hands and arms. I would literally rip my skin open, the itch was so bad. I found that way too many things set it off. Air, water, breathing, most materials, most soaps & shampoos, make-up, jewelry, thinking about wearing jewelry, etc. I had this thing last for the next 30 yrs or so. I had a problem w/ IBS, before and after having my gallbladder out. I had to go to a gastoenterologist a yr after the surgery, as I had no life. Always searching for a bathroom, couldn't leave my house. This dr told me I was lactose intolerant, I stopped drinking milk and gave up most cheeses. I started to notice a difference in the skin. I haven't had a problem w/ dermatitis since that time.
I have a problem w/ the sun. I live at the Shore, the ocean is only a short walk away, as are the river and the bay. I love to walk on the boardwalk and smell the ocean air. I use to be out in my garden whenever I had a free moment. Now, I have to bundle up, I have used sunscreen for yrs, I wear a baseball hat when I'm out in the yd. (I hate hats) I have had sunburn so many times in my life, since I was a toddler. I have 'things' on my skin that the dermatologist says are the result of all my childhood sunburns. I have to have them checked to be sure they haven't turned cancerous. I get what I call a 'Celtic Tan'. I burn like crazy, blister and peel, and then return to my pallor.
I have scarring on my cheeks and nose from one of those bad allergic rashes. My cheeks are very red, ppl think I have a 'lot of color' in my face. I have the veins in my nose and cheeks that look like I have Rosacea. (sp) I also have red dots on my body, including my face. It looks like blood blisters.
My fingers swell overnight, so I don't wear my wedding ring unless I'm going out.
I'm sure there are other things, just can't think of them right now.
God bless. Alice.