My name is Valerie and I am so excited to be guest blogging for you all for the next few months!
Like many of you, I live with problem skin. In today’s post, I’m going to focus on the struggles chronically ill women like myself face when it comes to taking care of our skin.
Chronic illness is one of the toughest things anyone can go through, and it’s especially tough when you’re a young woman. I suffer from Dysautonomia and Fibromyalgia, and it has definitely taken a toll on my skin.
The biggest change in my skin since getting sick is my terrible under eye bags and dark circles caused by low blood volume. They are very hard to hide! I’ve tried so many concealers and color correctors, but even they can’t cover up a bad flare day. Sometimes I resemble a raccoon and that just can’t be helped!
Although my skin issues seem like the worst thing in the world to me, there are many of my fellow fighters out there who unfortunately have to deal with a lot worse.
A lot of young women who suffer from Dysautonomia need to try out an insane amount of medication and these constant changes make our skin fluctuate rapidly. Many medications for POTS Syndrome (a branch of Dysautonomia) can cause a greasier face and cystic acne. Another issue is anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications. Many of us use these medications and although they help us feel better mentally, they do affect our skin and cause acne from our face to our back.
Ehlers Danlos Syndrome is a chronic illness that is related to Dysautonomia that also requires a lot of medication that isn’t kind to skin. Many of the side affects are extremely dry, flaky and sensitive skin that is almost impossible to hydrate. Women with EDS can also easily develop dry patches, scars, bruises and rosacea. In addition to all this, patients with EDS tend to have extra collagen, which makes their skin elastic-like and even harder to manage.
Being so young and having to deal with the stress of all of this doesn’t do anything to help matters of the skin. I’m so happy I found gentle, natural makeup products like KmS Mineral Essentials because it helps heal my skin while keeping me looking fabulous!
The saying, “Look good, feel good” is definitely true for us chronically ill women, but maybe it’s more like “Look good, feel a little better!”
Do you have a chronic illness? If you do, share some makeup tips and tricks you have to help conceal your skin issues!