The uncomfortable experience of atopic dermatitis at any stage of life can be challenging, but young people, in particular, are more likely to experience bullying if they show symptoms of this common form of eczema. Fortunately, there are skincare interventions that can both prevent and treat flareups, reducing the likelihood of such unkind treatment from peers and the potential effects on mental health and self-image.
The Link Between Eczema and Bullying in US Adolescents
A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Dermatology Network found evidence supporting their hypothesis that adolescents with atopic dermatitis would be more likely to experience bullying behavior from their peers. Of more than 3,200 adolescents included in the survey study, 11.9% of them had atopic dermatitis (AD), and experienced a significantly higher prevalence of bullying than their peers without eczema symptoms (33.2% vs. 19.0%).
While adolescent years spent in school can be formative and fulfilling, bullying is an undeniable reality for countless school children each year, in a wide range of ages. When a student experiences teasing or bullying for atopic dermatitis or any other reason, they are more likely to suffer from social isolation, poor performance in school, and the potential for self-esteem issues going forward.
In the modern age where so much youthful interaction and socialization happens online, cyberbullying has also become more prevalent, representing a growing concern for the past two decades when it comes to depression, suicidality, and quality of life concerns. In the same study referenced above, it was found that young people with atopic dermatitis experienced a higher prevalence of cyberbullying than their peers without the condition (9.1% vs. 5.8%).
In addition to the visible symptoms of atopic dermatitis, young people must also navigate other challenges, such as restrictions on what clothes they can comfortably wear, what activities or sports they can engage in, and whether they are able to own pets. For reasons of comfort, lifestyle flexibility, and the prevention of mental health issues associated with bullying, young people with eczema often seek out accessible and affordable treatment options.
Hyaluronic Acid for Atopic Dermatitis
The primary symptoms of atopic dermatitis include itchy, dry and cracked skin, and it is typically a chronic condition that appears in childhood, but may manifest later in life. Though it can affect any part of the body, it is most commonly found on the hands of adults, and the face and scalp of children, as well as the inside of their elbows and knees. The symptoms tend to go through cycles of diminished irritation and flareups of itching and cracking.
The use of soothing creams and lotions, both over-the-counter and through prescriptions by doctors, is common in both young people and adults with atopic dermatitis. A popular ingredient in recent years for the treatment of atopic dermatitis is hyaluronic acid—a powerful moisturizer found throughout the body, although our body's production of this compound diminishes as we get older. It is able to bind water molecules and hold them in the skin, helping to relieve itchiness and dryness, while alleviating inflammation during eczema flareups.
It is always best to speak with a dermatologist when atopic dermatitis symptoms first arise, particularly in childhood, but ongoing management of symptoms with reliable remedies is essential.
NeuLuna: A Novel Eczema Solution
A meticulously designed skin serum from NeuLuna, our Day and Night Cream is a top choice for treating atopic dermatitis symptoms. With hyaluronic acid and rosehip oil as the featured ingredients, this twice-daily cream is both non-abrasive and deeply absorbent, thanks to its patented delivery system for penetration to lower dermal layers.
Ideal for moisturizing the skin, reducing itchiness, soothing inflammation, and reducing the likelihood of eczema-related bullying, this novel intervention is available at our NeuLuna website, along with more details on our unique product design.