“When you have an eczema flare-up you forget about your pretty face and great personality, as all you can think about is your skin. In those bad times your eczema defines you and that’s how you see yourself.”

As anyone with eczema will know, atopic dermatitis can impact your desire to socialise. This can be due to feelings of insecurity and self-consciousness, or anxiety caused by being in a situation where you are unable to tend to your skin in the event of a flare-up. As a result, you might avoid social situations, and could feel isolated from family and friends.

Health and lifestyle1



of those interviewed say they actively avoided going on holiday because of their atopic dermatitis



of patients felt that their atopic dermatitis affected the type of physical activities they participate in



of those surveyed felt that having atopic dermatitis impacted their ability to manage their weight



of patients noted that their social life was impacted due to atopic dermatitis



of atopic dermatitis felt that their appearance affected their lives

You deserve to enjoy a fulfilling social life - surround yourself with understanding family and friends and take practical steps such as writing a checklist to help you focus on something other than your skin.

Finally, remember to revisit your doctor to ensure your treatment suits your lifestyle and habits.

People talking and socialising

Socialising top tips

  1. Make sure you tell friends and family when you feel anxious in a social situation. Talk through your fears, and try to address the root cause.
  2. Start new activities that get you up and about and don’t worry about your appearance.
  3. Write a list of thoughts and activities that boost your confidence – make sure you read through them whenever you feel low and spoil yourself when you need to.
  4. Write a list of your positive personal qualities and talents – your eczema doesn’t define you, and you won’t let it dictate your social life.

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Three adults in their 20s, Amara, Aramide and Zainab, were interviewed to give their experiences of living with eczema.

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  1. Sanofi Data on File. March 2018.
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