How I think about my skin disease

Human beings exist in a variety of skin colors and types, and we are all beautiful! People living in tropical parts of the world will have different skin texture than those in other areas. Our environment, amidst other factors, go a long way to determine what our skin looks and feels like. But research has shown that even things as our character may determine what skin type we have. This is the story of one of our founders, on how he changed his mind on his skin disease.
What do you mean by sensitive skin? 
Being prone to different skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema, cystic acne, redness, etc. is quite uncomfortable and psychologically challenging. The skin is, after all, what others see first of you. People who do not have it have any idea what we go through. Commonly, skin conditions like these are labeled "skin diseases." More and more things that generations ago were within the spectrum of normal are now described as diseases that need some form of medical treatment. Today, studies show that one in three people have a certain kind of skin condition. That is 110 million people in the USA (1/3 of the population).

Some treatments cause dependencies making the skin condition itself worse than better or may cause other side effects that are detrimental to the person. Take skin moisturizer - the overuse of skin moisturizer can cause healthy skin to stop producing natural oils and causing real long-term damage.

However, there is a different way to think about your skin. Often, skin conditions may be triggered by chemicals in fabrics, diets, or skincare products. We must understand that skin conditions aren't necessarily a "disease" and don't always need treatment. It is crucial to bear in mind that with skincare and overall health care, preventive measures are always preferred to diagnosis to fix something.

Your Mind Might Hold the Answer 

Western medicine views the human body the way a mechanic views a machine. Is something wrong with a body part? Well, get a new one. This is not how health works. Harvard Medicine researched to shed light on the fact that there is a somewhat direct connection between our minds and our skin. There is a  strong link between skin and mind.  However, very few dermatologists are aware, let alone trained in this. 

The state of your mind may even affect the skin of others, especially when you are a parent. A recent study was carried out in Germany, where scientists attempted to treat a child’s atopic dermatitis (eczema) by psychologically evaluating and treating the mother. Results indicated that when the mother got overly anxious, the child’s condition got worse. Fascinatingly, the child’s skin flare-ups were responses to the mother’s state of mind at different points in time. We are just starting to understand the skin as a complex organ with a close link to our state-of-mind.

I don't have a disease; I am just sensitive 

When you think of your skin condition as a "disease," it makes it a thousand times worse than it is. Why not view your skin as sensitive? This makes it easier to deal with and will help you manage the situation a lot better. For instance, if you know you have sensitive skin, then you can actively begin to avoid any chemicals or substances that might make your skin flareup. Here is my list of things I do take care of:

  • Banning polyesters and synthetically dyed products from my bed
  • Using only organic cotton bed sheets
  • Keeping my bed and bedroom dust and allergy-free
  • Avoiding to wear polyester fabrics or blended fabrics
  • Strong preference for organic (GOTS or OEKO-TEX certified) clothes
  • Using organic and toxin-free detergent to wash my clothes and bedding
  • Using gentle shampoos and soaps
  • Healthy eating and watching your diet 
  • Avoiding stress within your intimate family and friend circles
    There is an upside to your skin condition!

    If you have sensitive skin, then you have to be more aware of your environment, things you sleep in, you wear, hygienic products, and nutrition. More research on this subject also categorizes people with common skin conditions into various groups/personalities. For instance, people who live with or are prone to psoriasis are called the “type D” personalities. They are strong-willed, resourceful, and very self-reliant in the pursuit of their goals. It shows how unique each individual is, regardless of the nature of their skin. This study also extends to children with allergic skin conditions. So, it is essential to see yourself as having a condition due to how sensitive your skin is and not an outright disease. This will help you make the necessary adjustments in what you sleep in, eat, and wear. 

    My Sensitive Skin and Me

    We are all dealt with different DNA, and we have to make the best out of it. After years and years, it helped me a lot to stop taking steroids and accepting that my skin is, well, just sensitive. I cannot use regular shampoos and have to BYO my own shampoo to the hairdresser. It made me strong-willed enough to co-found this company and it nudges me to make healthier life choices where I sleep in and what I wear.

    Why we made Aizome Bedding

    Aizome Bedding understands that with the wide variety of human skin types comes diverse levels of sensitivity. Regardless of the world calling it a disease or not, you should look at your skin as something that sets you apart from others in your uniques characteristics. The nature of your skin should be loved and embraced at any chance you get. Because we see the need for truly healthy bedding that not only reduces toxins but avoids them, we proudly proudly d the first naturally dyed bedding to sooth and pamper sensitive skin.