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Skin disorders such as and can be obstacles to living life to the fullest. However, dealing with these conditions can also motivate one to allot more time for self-care. In this article, Filipinas living with skin disorders share the ups and downs of their skin conditions and how self-love plays a role in dealing with them.

Love the Skin You’re In

Ronna Capili, a magazine editor and mother of three, was diagnosed with eczema at 16. Over the years, Ronna has learned to understand and manage her symptoms. She says, “I try to avoid triggers as much as possible, whether it's , , or overindulging in chicken.” She adds, “When my skin gets too dry, I also use a good moisturizer and only medicate when my symptoms are severe."

Ronna reveals that performing everyday tasks during flare-ups is tough. While her eczema does not affect her physical appearance since it only occurs on her , it affects her productivity. When she cannot complete basic tasks, she reminds herself that she can control her eczema and that it does not define her. It is just one aspect of who she is. 

Maintaining a good skincare regimen is essential when dealing with eczema. Gentle cleansers, such as Dove Sensitive Skin Body Wash, can help with flare-ups by renewing the skin's natural moisture. It uses NutriumMoisture technology, which penetrates deep into the epidermis to protect it from dryness. It’s also fragrance-free, so it won’t irritate your skin.

Embrace Your Imperfections

Like Ronna, Ayjell Acejas suffers from eczema or atopic dermatitis. “I experience symptoms when the weather changes suddenly or I become too stressed.” She adds, “If I consume foods that I am allergic to, such as nuts, shellfish, or bagoong, I know I will experience an allergic reaction."

Lifestyle modifications are necessary when dealing with skin disorders, such as avoiding certain foods and products or having medication on hand. "When I experience allergic attacks, I usually take medications prescribed by my doctor. Otherwise, I make sure to use hypoallergenic and mild products that are gentle enough for my skin," she adds.

When asked about how she practices self-care, Ayjell stresses the importance of . "A regular workout regimen keeps my body healthy and gives my skin a natural glow.” She adds, “I used to feel insecure about my skin condition, but as I matured, I learned to accept it. I also train in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and competing helps me stay focused on the goal instead of being distracted by my insecurities.”

To get relief while looking your best, try a gentle cleanser like Dove Beauty Bar Sensitive. It has ¼ moisturizing cream that leaves feeling soft and smooth.

Best Skin Forward

Chrina Henson is the Managing Director of the ROHEI Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps families through adoption, and a busy mother of three. She finds ways to manage her eczema, especially when her condition is at its worst. "When I experience severe flare-ups, which happened frequently during my pregnancies, I make sure to take care of myself.” She shares, “Small things like putting on makeup and dressing up nicely make me feel more presentable despite the red patches and flakes on my skin.”

Beauty, Unfiltered

Lisa Chaves has rosacea, a chronic skin condition that results in facial redness. Along with using the right products, she also practices self-care as a preventive measure. "I always use sunscreen and opt for soothing ingredients for sensitive skin, like centella. I also get monthly facials for maintenance and to prevent my rosacea from flaring up," Lisa shares.

It's challenging not to compare oneself to when Instagram feeds are filled with photos of glow-ups. But while skin disorders can be disheartening, they can be managed or treated. Don’t just take care of your skin, but also check your perspective. "I've come to accept my rosacea and take care of my skin by being mindful of the products I use. I try not to compare my skin with the filtered and photoshopped images I see on social media," Lisa adds.

Big Gains in Small Wins

Carla Clavano has seborrheic dermatitis, an inflammatory skin disease that affects the scalp, face, and body folds. "I experience on my nostrils, the corners of my mouth, and chin, which can be extremely itchy and difficult to cover up. I also occasionally have bumps on my scalp, forearms, and some parts of my back," Carla explains.

If your symptoms worsen or don't respond to over-the-counter remedies, consult a doctor at once. They may be due to underlying skin conditions. "Initially, my doctors couldn't pinpoint the cause of my skin condition. They dismissed lupus as a possibility since the bumps were scattered all over my face, not confined to a specific shape. But I was diagnosed with lupus (SLE) later,” Carla reveals. 

Fortunately, Carla received treatment and prevented her lupus from progressing. She also discovered that stress can trigger symptoms, so she continues to try various to find what works for her.

"I am not very disciplined when it comes to sticking to a regimen. I cannot manage the . I can't adhere to a regular exercise program." She adds, "But I believe that part of self-care is recognizing what is effective for you and what is not. Everyday victories give me a sense of accomplishment. They too can ."

Skin disorders can range from mild to severe and can be challenging. However, these women – and maybe more that you know of – prove that self-love and self-acceptance can be healing, too.