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However, over the years, I have found things that work well for me, but unfortunately, they don’t work well for everyone. :(
I wear sweaters/jackets up to 90F degree weather
not so much because I need them (though around 85 I do get kind of chilly without something), but because I have this sort of rash on both of my arms that appeared when I was 10-ish, that makes the skin kind of look pock-marked. It’s actually a genetic thing; my other siblings all have it in varying degrees.
Most days I usually just forget it’s there, though, since it doesn’t hurt or itch. I just don’t want people to go “oh god what happened to your arm”, since that has actually happened
like, I was walking, and someone I knew was all, “OH GOD WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUR ARM??? DOES IT HURT??? THAT LOOKS AWFUL!!!”
I have a similar problem with my legs: I’ve always had atopic dermatitis and my legs are covered in this splotchy rash. On top of that, because of postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, my legs are usually flushed bright pink with blood that’s pooled in my legs, while the rest of my body is its usual ghostly white. But when I exercised at the gym, there was no way I was going to wear long pants, since I’d just overheat and pass out. D: So I had to endure the annoying questions and comments.
I keep getting these little cuts all over my hands. The weird thing is I haven’t actually cut them? Some are quite deep? This started a couple weeks ago.
I’ve had this (or something like it) off and on for years. In my case, it’s due to atopic dermatitis. The skin gets really dry and begins to crack all over in what look like tiny cuts, but really it’s just the skin splitting because it’s become too brittle and breaks.
Washing my hands too many times in a day can severely exacerbate it, so I use disposable medical exam gloves when I cook and do other chores and especially when I use the bathroom. However, I can’t wear them in all situations, for example, when I’m taking a shower or washing my face, so I also use hand lotion to help keep my hands from drying out too much after such activities.
My favorite moisturizers are ones that don’t have intense smells since I can wear them and not give myself a headache. I use them after every hand washing, and when my hands get worse I put a bunch of lotion on my hands at night and wear cotton gloves while I sleep. This helps the lotion stay on my hands and not totally rub off on the sheets.
But if avoiding washing your hands too often and making sure frequently to moisturize your hands isn’t enough, you might want to see a doctor to find out what’s wrong, and/or to get stronger stuff to put on your hands.
Hope some of this helps. :)