This Skin Condition Too Often Causes People of Color to Avoid Social Activities, Study Says

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Skin conditions can feel isolating, making those saddled with the struggle want to hide their skin. Aveeno surveyed 1,500 people of color with eczema. The survey takes a look at their day-to-day experiences and feelings living with the condition. A surprising discovery was that 26 percent of people surveyed feel ashamed about others seeing their skin every day. Naturally, this trickles into many aspects of life, especially social activities.

The survey conducted by OnePoll for Aveeno found that half of respondents said their eczema has had a negative impact on their lives overall. Respondents revealed that they find themselves avoiding simple activities that involve others, such as visiting family or attending parties. The breakdown is that 30 percent avoid spending time with others and 29 percent avoid making physical contact with others. Furthermore, 20 percent avoid dating due to their eczema.

Physical activities are also impacted. Respondents report avoiding swimming, exercising and playing sports as well as walking or running for a long time. They also note that daily clothing decisions are often impacted as they try to cover areas with visible eczema.

If you struggle with eczema or have a suspicion you have the condition, Aveeno’s SkinVisibility programming focuses on eczema in skin of color. Aveeno has also teamed up with Health in Her HUE to foster a community conversation about caring for eczema and sensitive skin conditions on October 4.

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