How I Feel 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 generally have different skin textures than those in other areas. Our environment, among other factors, goes a long way in determining what our skin looks and feels like. However, research has shown that even things such as our character may determine what skin type we have. This is the story of one of our founders, and is about how he changed his mind regarding 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, is what others see first of you. People who do not have any such problems have no idea what we go through. Commonly, skin conditions like these are labeled "skin diseases". More and more, things that generations ago were perceived as being 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 alone (1/3 of the population). 

Some treatments cause dependencies that make the skin condition itself worse rather than better, or they may cause other side effects that are detrimental to the person’s well-being. Take skin moisturizer for example - the overuse of skin moisturizers can cause healthy skin to stop producing its own natural oils and may lead to 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 preferable to a diagnosis that is intended to fix something.

YOUR MIND MIGHT HOLD THE ANSWER 

Western medicine views the human body in much the same way that a mechanic views a machine. Is something wrong with a body part? Well, get a new one. This is not how health really works. Harvard Medicine research has 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 of this concept, let alone trained in how to deal with it. 

The state of your mind may even affect other people’s skin, 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 just 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 flare up. Here is my list of things I do to take care of my skin:

  • 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 wearing 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 my diet 
  • Avoiding stress within my close 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, the things you sleep in, what 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 “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 as having an actual disease. This will help you make the necessary adjustments to what you sleep in, what you eat, and what you wear. 

MY SENSITIVE SKIN AND ME

We are all dealt with different DNA, and we have to make the best of that. After years and years, this mindset has 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 encourages me to make healthier life choices regarding what 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 everyone else in your unique characteristics. The condition 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 are proud to present the first naturally dyed bedding that has been specially created to soothe and pamper sensitive skin.