“I didn’t want to look at myself in the mirror,” 18-year-old Ella confessed after a recent experience with a severe case of eczema.
The uncomfortable at best, and painful at worst, recurring, non-infectious, inflammatory skin condition had suddenly spread all over her face. And the Year 12 student from Melbourne was struggling to cope.
“The stress of the start of Year 12 made my skin change from completely normal, to suddenly being very reactive to things,” Ella told Mamamia.
“I started getting spots of eczema on my face, then they developed into patches.
“At the worst of it, it was like a rash on my face, with blistering and peeling around my mouth and nose, then onto my cheeks.”
Ella admitted that she became very self-conscious about her face.