I have sensitive skin. My face flushes easily when I laugh, cry, am surprised or embarrassed. Also, when I lightly scratch my skin it puffs up to form temporary, painless welts. Being an artist, I’ve decided to use this gift to make art. Photographs, wallpaper, collage, video, and temporary tattoos are inspired by this skin condition. It’s called dermatographism–literally writing on the skin–and I’d like to use this blog to share images and stories about it. Please send anything you’d like to share about living with dermatographia to firstname.lastname@example.org
Some of you have asked how I manage the condition. I do not take antihistamines, but I do drink lots of water and eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Plus I try to use all natural products for sensitive skin. For example, coconut oil is a great moisturizer and calms irritated skin–so does 100% shea butter. Thankfully this works for me and my dermatographia isn’t so bothersome. However, if your condition is difficult to manage, talk with your doctor about other treatments.
-Ariana Page Russell
Please find me at my new blog, Skin Tome. And I’d love it if you contribute a story about dermatographia!