Modern dating is difficult enough without having to worry about a skin condition like eczema on top of it. A bad case of eczema can really affect your self-esteem and body image. Making dating and meeting people a potentially uncomfortable and embarrassing experience. There is, however, no reason for this. Eczema is simply a medical condition and there are countless eczema sufferers who have found happy, fulfilling relationships with people that fully accept their condition.
The old phrase “you can’t love someone until you love yourself” can resonate strongly with many eczema sufferers. Fears of rejection and worries about appearance can sabotage someone’s dating life before they even get started, even when they don’t have eczema! Working on accepting yourself and your skin condition is key to getting in a healthy headspace for dating.
Meeting new people can be tricky, no matter what. Bars seem to have gone out of fashion and the current trend is to meet people online using websites like OKCupid or apps like Tinder. There are actually a number of benefits to these digital methods of dating. As you pick the photos you put up on your dating profile, you can pick your "good side," with your favorite photos of yourself. This can give a confidence boost to people who feel somewhat self-conscious about their eczema.
If you find yourself in a relationship, your partner should be aware of a number of eczema-related factors.
If you have ever suffered from eczema in certain sensitive areas, you know how painful, uncomfortable, and embarrassing it can be. There are times when you might have to forego having intimate relations with your partner because of an eczema flare-up. In these cases, talk to them and make sure they understand what you are going through.
Some partners, especially early on in the relationship, might be weirded out by some of the nighttime rituals of eczema. For example, wet wrap therapy can seem a little…strange to someone who has never had to go through it. Simply explain to them why you have to slather yourself in eczema ointment and then go to bed wearing a damp eczema wrap. It can actually sound a little silly when you say it out loud, but don't feel weird about it! It's just an effective way to treat your condition. Similarly, if you feel comfortable, explain to them why you are wearing eczema gloves during a date. It can actually make for some very interesting conversation!
If you have an eczema child at home while you are dating, it is important that your potential partner knows about any parental obligations you might have. For example, you might need to cut a date shorter than you’d like in order to be home at a certain hour to help with wet wrap therapy and putting your child in their Eczema Rescue Suit. You obviously don't need to open up to them immediately about all of the details but make it clear that your eczema child comes first.
The bottom line is that dating should be fun! When you meet someone and sparks fly, it can be one of the best feelings in the world. Don't let your eczema get you down about dating. If you haven't met anyone yet, keep trying. The right one is out there, you just need to find them!
This information is not meant to replace a visit to a physician or a physician’s advice. Always consult your doctor about your medical conditions. AD RescueWear does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment of any condition.