What do Bonnie and Clyde, Al Capone, Frank Lucas, and our skin have in common? They are all pretty badass!

You might be wondering why I included skin, but if you think about it skin is truly the biggest badass around. Our skin can endure some amazing things. We pierce it, inject poison (hello botox) into it, paint it, bleach it, tan it, apply layers of makeup, tattoo it, wax it, pluck it, stretch it, have objects pass through it, cut it open, stitch it back up, pass judgment on it, and the list goes on and on. Skin is so badass, we’ve turned it into a multibillion-dollar industry because we are so invested in it. After all it is the largest organ of the body and the first thing you notice when meeting someone. Lets face it our skin defines us whether we want it to or not.

We live in a visually stimulating world where human skin is glamorized to be aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Think about it, in every society there is a certain standard of beauty that most (not all) are looking to achieve. Having flawless skin. So what happens when you don’t?

Welcome to Itchin Since ’87. A blog that highlights my skin condition called atopic dermatitis
(aka chronic eczema). So what exactly is eczema? The literal definition is inflamed skin. It is
a vicious itch-scratch-rash cycle. Eczema has a catch me if you can vibe. It outsmarts medicine and travels 1st class spreading to different parts of the body.

Now what’s eczema really like?

Picture a heroin addict that thinks bugs are crawling on them… only worse. Perhaps rolling around in a field of poison ivy. Try to imagine putting clothes on made out of itching power. Possibly being at a 5 star restaurant except you’re the meal and the guests are a swarm of mosquitos. Or envision jumping into a pool filled with acid, because sometimes eczema burns. A bit graphic I know but this my friends, is eczema.

If only curing eczema was as simple as Pennsatucky (Orange Is the New Black s1 ep10) preaching, “The Lorrrrrd is speaking to me right now and he is gonna heel you of the eczema.” But its not, #Eczemaiscomplicated.

My vision for this blog is simple. Just enjoy it. My stories may have you doubled over in laughter because you can relate, or crying because it’s all too familiar. Maybe you just find my blog intriguing. Either way, just enjoy it. Hell, you might even gain some knowledge.

Most importantly, for those that are suffering from a skin condition or disease please know YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Millions of us are all too familiar with the emotional and psychological damage it can cause. 

So if you or someone you know has a skin disease or condition you’ve come to the right place.

Let this blog be your medicine.

Enjoy.

A

8 Comments on Personal Note

  1. Susan Capps
    July 8, 2017 at 7:28 pm (1 month ago)

    I’ve been itching since 57. What a ride. Glad to have found you.

    Reply
    • itchin87
      July 8, 2017 at 8:42 pm (1 month ago)

      Hi Susan,

      Awwww, haha. Yes, eczema is a crazy skin condition!!! Happy you’re enjoying my blog!

      Reply
  2. katie
    June 26, 2016 at 9:11 am (1 year ago)

    Great article! Thanks for this! This is really informative and hepful.

    Reply
    • itchin87
      June 26, 2016 at 9:19 am (1 year ago)

      Yay, I’m happy I can help.

      Reply
  3. Anna
    August 5, 2015 at 9:02 am (2 years ago)

    5 months out of the year I have poison ivy. Make me laugh!

    Reply
    • itchin87
      August 6, 2015 at 8:26 am (2 years ago)

      Lmao Anna!

      Reply
  4. itchin87
    August 4, 2015 at 9:12 pm (2 years ago)

    Thanks Jena, you’re awesome!!

    Reply
  5. Jena
    August 4, 2015 at 9:08 pm (2 years ago)

    Wow Ashley… Well written!!!! I know so many people that suffer from this!!! I will pass it on!

    Reply

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