Hello everyone! First time posting so hoping I can get some advice? Or if anyone else suffers?
I was diagnosed with (flexural) Eczema in 2008 aged about 15/16. Started as small patch in inner elbow, gradually spreading to forearms, wrists, backs of shoulders and hips that i can remember. Treatment was various steroid creams, emollients and non steroid i.e. Elocon ointment. However I don't recall specific patches on my face.
Majority of it cleared up few years ago - very occasionally wrists become itchy from my restaurant job & good hygiene.
I've not used soap on my face/body in over 10yrs but have used shower gels & face scrubs. After I've dried from the shower my arms & back used to itch so bad. My face was always tight & dry so used various moisturisers. Dove has been my trusty one for the last few years only recently needing to put a thin layer on my face and no one would know how dry it can be.
Occasionally however my face & neck gets so dry, flakey & itchy no amount of moisturiser or oil helps so i take an antihistamine and wait it out a few days. I've not been strict in doing it but I haven't been able to notice that its hormones, foods etc.
My mum suggested a month ago to stop putting anything on my face - maybe it was doing more harm than good. After a couple of weeks in which my face became the flakiest, tightest (sore to move neck etc) driest its been, it did start to improve. Few days later my face gets flakier until I wash/exfoliate again. Even if I pat dry, it gradually shows dryness & flakiness again for a few hours until it starys to calm down again.
I decided to search for natural/organic face products (due to my job I like to ensure my face is rid of the grime, grease and sweat).
I tried a sample of "Gentle Face Wash" from a well reputed independent organic skincare company made for dry & sensitive skin and it was the worst thing I could've done - see posted picture after my face was dry from using it!!
When it's that dry and flakey it almost feels like its not my face to touch it - almost slightly numb and plump. Thats almost how bad it was when I stopped using moisturisers but as I said there was a lot of improvement with even my friends commenting!
I also recently had some blood tests to see if it was an internal cause but GP says they're normal. It doesn't come up in a visible rash but have no idea why it's different to the rest of my body.
Any ideas/comments are most welcome and appreciated!! (Excuse the unflattering pic)
Thanks in advance!