Finding the right treatment regimen for atopic dermatitis is a lot like trying a new recipe.
First, you find a recipe that piques your interest. You read it over carefully and determine that it’s something you want to try. What do you do next? You probably go out and purchase everything you need before getting in the kitchen and following it step-by-step, rereading each line as you go. When it’s time to take your meal off the stove, you wait for it to cool before it’s finally ready to taste! At this point, I believe 1 of 3 things will happen:
Yup. That’s how complicated finding the right regimen for your skin can be.
Much like a recipe, your skin regimen may take a lot of trial and error. You may encounter people who suggest you add a little bit of this or a little bit of that, but I believe the most important person you should listen to is the “master chef.” And in my experience, that “master chef” would most definitely be my doctor.
When you consult with your “master chef,” make sure you share what is and isn’t working within your skin care regimen “recipe.” Share detailed observations and use as much descriptive language as possible.
I’ve found that accurately describing what I’m experiencing helps my dermatologist recommend products that are more catered to my needs.
When it comes to over-the-counter products, one thing I ask my doctor is, “What’s in it?” My dermatologist is great at helping me understand labels and always explains what’s in each product—she even educates me on some key words that I should know to look out for. After all, what’s a good recipe without quality ingredients?
I also try to give myself time with each new product or ingredient (unless I am in extreme discomfort). I make sure to keep an open mind and give something a fair chance before giving it the boot. When my flares subside and when I feel less of that tingly feeling, I know my “recipe” is on track.
Finding what works for you can take time—be patient and know that once you do find that perfect “recipe,” your skin will thank you for it!