I never realised, the effect of humidity,
On my skin until I bought a hygrometer;
Since a few years ago I’ve had eczema,
Starting when I lived in Scotland,
And lately, I’ve noticed,
(During my nocturnal night-life),
That when it comes around to daytime,
My skin really starts to itch, past lunchtime!
But since having the hygrometer,
I’ve now learned why…
—Once humidity drops below 60,
My skin goes crazy!
So I’ve been finding all sorts of ways,
To increase humidity—
Hanging up laundry,
Soaking some tea towels,
Then I bought a little essential oils diffuser,
And all of this helped—
Sometimes I could even reach 75% humidity!
But now I’ve bought a humidifier,
And, oh boy,
My life is improved;
Why does modern life seem to require endless such adaptations?
Well… I guess that neither humidity nor stale air would be problems,
If we weren’t living in such urban conurbations!
If we hadn’t chopped all the trees down!
Urban environments promote dry air,
So humidifiers and plants,
Can turn our lives around!
My skin feels so good above 70% humidity!
No more itching,
No more scratching, it’s so relaxing,
I am enveloped in a cloud of cool mist gently washing over me.
The long-term effect of eczema on our mental health can be vicious and comparable with other sources of chronic pain:
“The authors of the study found that eczema was associated with a worse quality of life than several other common chronic illnesses including heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. Moderate and severe eczema were associated with dramatically lower quality of life than all other chronic disorders examined.”