Our Community Skin stories Rebecca “The first time I remember having eczema I was six years old and I had to stay off school for two weeks. I couldn’t walk properly due to the infection on the back of my legs.” Rebecca has had eczema since she was a baby and as the years went by it began to worsen. “The struggle is very much real in my life, I feel itchy and sore every day. As a young woman growing up it affected the way I ate, dressed and socialised.” Now a mother, Rebecca has entered a new phase of discomfort. Simple tasks such as cleaning or changing her child’s nappy can be very painful – even in gloves. Even activities that most families take for granted, such as swimming can be very challenging with a skin condition like eczema. She explains, “People don't understand the mental effects of having a skin problem, the energy it takes to do a household job or the effort it is to open a tin can. We now live in a world where everyone is expected to be perfect and having eczema on your body really lowers your self-esteem. I am sharing my story to show others they are not alone and encourage them to seek help.” Donate to research BSF eczema research By donating to skin disease research you are helping us to find treatments and cures for common conditions like eczema, acne and psoriasis through to potential killers like melanoma skin cancer. Thank you.