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


It doesn’t matter what your skin looks like. Don’t miss out on being spontaneous, feeling the sun on your skin and getting those white legs out this summer.

Don’t be shy. Don’t hide away. Who cares what people say?

I have the scars from nodular prurigo on my legs at the moment, which have mostly healed now ie. no itchy lumps. But they have left red marks which look like insect bites.

I get so many comments about how awful it must be to be so plagued by bugs and how painful. Well yeah it sucks to have nodular prurigo but insects can’t stand the taste of me. Every cloud? #SilverLining ?

So here is my first attempt at a video blog (vlog). One take and lots of lessons learnt. Thanks to everyone who has given me feedback. The next vlog should be less jerky, landscape instead of portrait, slightly more focused and clearer on the content and objective, the key message etc. But you’ll get the gist.

I’m pretty impressed with my first attempt… I managed to show my legs (in the end) without falling over or flashing my knickers so we’re all good.

So my take home lessons from this vlog? Don’t bother what people think. You’re awesome. Just keep on striving to avoid those triggers, be kind to your skin and be proud of who you are. Don’t let eczema, psoriasis or NP define who you are.

Some people will comment and to those people I say, just think before you do. Even if it’s just someone who is plagued by insect bites – they are probably really self conscious so just don’t say anything, unless you know the person really well. Don’t judge anyone, just have some compassion and empathy for what it costs to get our scars out in public.

Just ignore the nasty red marks, scars, welts. Whatever. Just don’t comment.

And to those people WITH nodular prurigo, eczema, psoriasis or anything that affects their skin and how they look or how they think they look, just get out there.

Eczema cartoon

Eczema cartoon from the National Eczema Society

Don’t let your skin hold you back.

Don’t let anything hold you back.

Just enjoy the summer, wear the clothes you want to wear and be proud.

You’re all beautiful and unique and I’m proud of you all for coping with this. Thank you all for all your support, comments and for sharing your journeys with me too. Let’s get out there and show em. Eczema isn’t catching. Get those eczema legs and arms out this summer! :)



An allergy and health writer and freelance copywriter, Ruth is passionate about helping those with allergies and food intolerances take control, embrace their condition, and learn to live with and love who they are. It can be very lonely finding you have allergies and discovering what helps you can be a life long journey. What works for one person won't work for another, so after trying nearly every allergy treatment under the sun and finding hours of research necessary to keep abreast of what's going on, Ruth started writing her blog, What Allergy? in April 2009. Ruth has life threatening allergies herself to all nuts, all diary, tomatoes and celery and knows first-hand what it's like to have an anaphylactic attack. Voted in the Top 5 UK allergy blogs by Cision UK in 2011, What Allergy is packed full of interesting articles, hints and tips and product reviews which are a must read for anyone with allergies, food intolerances or sensitivities, asthma and eczema. From subjects such as "What is celery allergy?" to "Surviving a holiday abroad with allergies", it's packed with useful and interesting information. You can register free for a weekly newsletter by visiting her website and also keep in touch by following her on Facebook and Twitter.

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