We’ve all heard about eczema before. But for those who live with the condition, it’s not as simple as a classifier for a skin problem. Those who suffer from eczema often battle with low self-esteem, awkwardness and embarrassment. So we sought the help of three people – Singaporean artist, Vernetta Lopez and Clozetters, Clara Song and Alene B. – who are battling with eczema to enlighten us about their struggles. They shared how they combat and rise above the condition, along with the negative feelings they associate with it, through taking control of their skin.
Here’s what they have to say about their journey with eczema, the terrifying words that describe the condition and how they were able to conquer the situation.
“Embarrassed, terrified, depressed.”
Multi-hyphenated artist Vernetta Lopez puts on her many different hats with ease and grace, but she shares it’s not always that way — especially when eczema gets in the way. There was a time when she didn’t want to have her hands seen — much more, felt — by other people, which significantly affected how she related to people. Days when the eczema is too much and gets to a point where her hands are bleeding made her terrified. Vernetta also shared that it was depressing to deal with the condition because it “felt like [she] couldn’t fight it.”
“Redness, itchy, burning.”
Meeting people and making their faces their canvas for her makeup artistry is what Clara Song lives for, but she admits that having eczema flare-ups definitely affect how she interacts with people. “It makes my confidence level plummet,” she said. Physically, it also hinders her work especially when the condition gets really itchy because she can’t help but just scratch them.