rich emollient used in the management of eczema, psoriasis and other dry skin conditions.


Believe it or not, there are some perks to having eczema.

While there are a gazillion (yes, this is a true measurement of quantity) negatives, the optimist in me has found some positives.

  1. We get to have long baths (if you live in Australia you’ll understand why this is a biggie*),
  2. If needed, we can take medication and have long sleeps (I’m talking like a few times a year if that, if you’re skin is really flared up and causing sleepless nights – and you’ve had the approval from a medical practitioner),
  3. When it gets really bad, we can miss school or not work (I admit, this does have some negative impacts though), and
  4. We can use it as an excuse to get out of things we don’t want to do – my parents ordered mulch to do some gardening but I can’t/don’t want to help because I don’t want my skin to break out in a rash from the heat and sweat (if you saw the size of our garden you’d understand why, plus I have two sisters who can help).

As the boys from Monty Python say:

Some things in life are bad, they can really make you mad
Other things just make you swear and curse
When you’re chewing on life’s gristle, don’t grumble give a whistle
This will help things turn out for the best

Always look on the bright side of life
Always look on the right side of life

If life seems jolly rotten, there’s something you’ve forgotten
And that’s to laugh and smile and dance and sing
When you’re feeling in the dumps, don’t be silly, chumps
Just purse your lips and whistle, that’s the thing

So, always look on the bright side of death
Just before you draw your terminal breath

Life’s a counterfeit and when you look at it
Life’s a laugh and death’s the joke, it’s true
You see, it’s all a show, keep them laughing as you go
Just remember the last laugh is on you

Always look on the bright side of life
And always look on the right side of life
Always look on the bright side of life
And always look on the right side of life


*The reason this one’s a biggie is because a few years ago, the Australian government told everyone to limit showers to 4 minutes (I know, I know) and have next to no baths due to water shortages. Rebel me broke that rule. Hey! I have eczema, I’m allowed to 🙂



I've had eczema now for 20 years and have tried nearly every treatment there is. I grew up in Sydney where night after night my mum layered me in creams, spent three and a half years in Vancouver where my eczema virtually disappeared and I am now in Brisbane and have lived here for 10.5 years. Over my 20 years I've tried various treatments and I'm now at a point where it's not controlling my life. I'm here to share my journey and spread my knowledge on all things eczema and I hope to be able to help in any way I can.

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