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How I Find the Right Clothing With Eczema
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Dealing with any skin condition, finding something to wear can be extremely time-consuming. I was always into fashion growing up, but I never felt comfortable wearing what all the cool kids were wearing. I was consumed with hiding more than anything. 

My eczema was focused on all the places that you’d show in the summertime: folds of my arms, backs of my legs, neck, and hands. The summer was the worst for me. I would wear anything that covered me up, even if it was 90 degrees outside. It’s funny, looking back at kids coming up to me asking if I was hot, and I, jokingly, would say, “It’s not hot enough.” I think I inadvertently learned to control my own body temperature after wearing winter clothes in the summer for so long. 

I did this method of hiding behind clothes until I was well into my early 20s. It wasn’t until I got into my senior year of college that I started to accept my skin condition for what it was. That was around the time I received the opportunity of a lifetime with Dove. This would be the first time showcasing my condition in a way that I never have before. 

I realized that I could no longer hide but I didn’t ever need to. It felt like ripping off a Band-Aid of years of suppressing my true self. What better way of rebelling against that feeling than showcasing my scars. I began wearing short-sleeve shirts and shorts. It may not seem like a huge deal, but boy did I feel free. 

Once I was comfortable in my own skin, I decided it was time for a new wardrobe. I found that going to the store was better than ordering online because you could feel the material of the clothes. In this new age of fast fashion, I feel that a lot of the pieces we see in the store are compromised due to the demand. Now, I pay close attention to the make of the clothes to see if they will be good for my skin. I’m a firm believer in investing in quality pieces because you save money in the long run. 

I always opt for comfort. My favorite pieces to wear are typically long- or short-sleeve cotton tees that glide over my skin or a good bodysuit. I aim for pieces that make me feel like I’m wearing nothing at all. I like my clothing to be a bit more fitted, so when I look for shirts, I look for most of the fabric to be cotton; preferably more than 90%, and the rest of the fabric to be elastane of some sort. 

Skims brand clothing has pretty good options and extremely comfortable nightwear. My all-time favorite piece would have to be Stript bodysuits. They are extremely comfortable and make me feel as though I have nothing on at all. It’s an all-in-one fit, it’s comfortable on my skin, and I look damn good in it! 


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Mercedes Matz

Mercedes Matz

Diagnosed since 1995

Model Mercedes Matz uses her platform to educate audiences on her skin condition. By taking pride in her 28-year journey with atopic dermatitis, she’s been able to inspire others to do the same. From speaking at national conferences to producing content, she’s dedicated to encouraging everyone to embrace their true beauty. You can reach her on Instagram.

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