Since I started out on my journey to develop Vitiliglow, I have been very lucky to meet some amazing people with a variety of conditions. Many of us have the same thing in common - that the condition we have affects all aspects of our life, our confidence and our self esteem. I am really passionate about people having the choice to hide their condition if it makes them feel better and was really touched to hear the story of a fellow Northamptonian, Amy-Lou who has struggled with her eczema for most of her life. Her blog was posted in the Daily Mail recently http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3009483/My-eczema-bad-left-trail-skin-flakes-walked-says-woman-says-1-99-PORRIDGE-OATS-best-remedy.html and I think it's great that she is using an innovative way to try to improve her eczema. She uses porridge oats to bathe in as it soothes angry skin and works as a natural moisturiser, hydrating the skin and helping to lock moisture in.
Although eczema is a totally different condition to Vitiligo, I think it is great that Amy-Lou is raising awareness of how it affects her life and confidence, but at the same time doing something positive about it and sharing her learnings with others. On the subject of self confidence, I was also pleased to see that the government have undertaken some work recently about body confidence and have recently released an update on the work they have been doing - which you can read here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/body-confidence-progress-report-2015.
The government's campaign has gained a lot of coverage and especially on social media. They can use their influence (through the Minister for Women and Equalities, Jo Swanson) to talk about how poor body image affects physiological and psychological wellbeing. I think it's great that poor body image is being given the voice it needs and hope that as the government now sees this as an important issue, it will start to help people with any chronic condition that affects their self esteem and body image.
I just want to finish off by saying that I would never recommend Vitiliglow to anybody with broken skin as it is completely unsuitable, but I just wanted to use Amy-Lou's blog as an example of somebody who has turned her condition into something positive and how she is using her blog to help others, which is the reason why I developed Vitiliglow.
As always, please share you comments with me, I always love to hear from you.