Ask #SkinishMom – Holiday is so not Relaxing!

Hi #SkinishMom: I’m so upset, holiday is supposed to be fun and relaxing right? But it never turned out that way. If we actually go for a holiday, I’d end up packing everyone’s bags, planning the itinerary, cleaning up the home and the dirty clothes. That’s still not the worse part. The worse is when […]

Ask #SkinishMom – Am I Really Nagging?

To : The #SkinishMom My husband kept saying that I’m nagging – nagging about my eczema child’s skincare (you know how we have to moisturize within 3 minutes after shower?), nagging about housework, nagging about doing things faster (we have loads of things to do, can’t possibly be doing slower right?). Am I really nagging? […]

Ask #SkinishMom – Do I Need a Man?

To: The #SkinishMom You know.. I know you know… I’m a mom of eczema kid, I’m a daughter, I’m an employee, I’m a wife and each of these come with many duties. Some days I feel like I’m doing EVERYTHING – I mean I’ve even bought my in-laws their mother’s day and father’s day gifts […]

Ask #SkinishMom – Do all Moms have Enough Breastmilk

To: The #SkinishMom Seriously, I’m frustrated. I’m being told that it’s IMPOSSIBLE not to produce enough breast milk for my baby. Every mom has milk, and blah blah blah. But hello? What I’ve been struggling with for the past 3 weeks is not a dream, it’s a nightmare IRL. Just-don’t-tell-me-I-have-enough-milk-Mom Whoa! I hear you and I’m never […]

#SkinishMom Says – Don’t link Contagious to Eczema

I came across this ‘harmless’ article that was simply sharing about the closure of a children zoo in Gothenburg (the second largest city in Sweden). What caught me was the headline “Animal ‘eczema’ closes Gothenburg kids’ zoo“. I know that animals get eczema but I’m curious about the inverted commas. So I read on and […]

Ask #SkinishMom – Follow Hugh Jackman, get Regular Skin Cancer checkups

If you want to follow a celeb, follow Hugh Jackman’s lead in going for regular skin cancer checkups, especially if you’re at high risk. It’s reported by People that he was first urged by his makeup artist to have a spot on his nose checked in 2013. It turned out to be basal cell carcinoma – […]

#SkinishMom Investigates – Apple Watch and Skin Irritation

There were quite a few reports of users getting skin irritation from wearing Apple Watch and this got #SkinishMom into an investigative mode. It’s not news that items we wear can cause skin irritation, for instance, nickel in jewelry is a common irritant. It’s also not news that wrist bands can lead to skin irritation, for […]

#SkinishMom Investigates – Skin ‘Smell’ and Heal

Can our skin smell? I don’t mean whether your skin smells, I meant if your skin is able to smell. Apparently, yes. Came across a few studies supporting that and though medical advancements using the skin’s ability to smell are far off, it’s amazing to learn how God designed our body! Quick points from #SkinishMom’s […]

#SkinishMom Investigates – Skin Biomarkers

There was a news article on BBC News in February this year that Skin may help spot Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease. It got #SkinishMom into an investigative mood – What can our Skin actually Tell Us? MarcieMom had interviewed dermatologist Dr Verallo-Rowell in the Skin Health series covering how to watch out for skin cancer via skin […]

Ask #SkinishMom – Why can’t Skincare Product Label be Easier to Read?

My child has eczema and our whole family has sensitive skin. I’m trying to read the label of ingredients but gosh, why can’t they be in simple English? I can’t understand why some cheap products have so many ingredients while the more expensive ones have fewer. Then I can’t understand why certain luxury brands have […]

#SkinishMom Investigates Drinking Water for Dry Skin

So, is drinking 8 glasses of water good for skin? There is little research to back up that drinking more water is going to hydrate the skin, make the skin glow or smooth. The practical reason for this is that research is usually conducted for ‘products’ when they can be patented, thus the lack of […]

Ask #SkinishMom – Is Eczema Driving My Child Nuts?

Yes, some studies indicate evidence of behavioural disturbances for children with severe eczema from a young age (childhood anxiety, withdrawal, depression). Parents of eczema kids would know there’s likely psychological impact without reading research. Why? No Sleep, Brain can’t function – cranky. So much stress as an infant, something may just go wrong as the […]

Ask #SkinishMom – Are Color Pencils ever Enough?

To #SkinishMom Hey, this may seem like a minor, petty issue but color pencils, markers, crayons, poster colors are overflowing my kid’s play boxes and spilling to dining table tops. But I can’t stop buying them 1.    They look so darn nice. 2.    They are sometimes on sale. 3.    Every new box of coloring keeps my […]

Ask #SkinishMom – Where is God in a Parent’s Darkest Hour?

That’s difficult. Hypocritical to answer if I have not been through the darkest hour. So, I asked MarcieMom: MarcieMom: There was one night I remembered – one night after many months of waking up in the middle of the night for 2-4 hours to wipe my baby’s skin with chlorhexidine, moisturize again, change new PJs, […]

Ask #SkinishMom – How to Distract my Kid from Scratching Eczema?

To the #SkinishMom: Help! My kid won’t stop scratching and it’s getting impossible to keep him from it. Any ideas? One tired mom I know! It does get impossible sometimes to stop scratching, many times I feel like I’ve run out of eyes to watch out for it, ears to listen for it and saliva […]

#SkinishMom Investigates Coffee for Beauty Skin

Coffee. I have a love and fear relationship to it.  Not love and hate. It’s impossible to hate coffee. I would sign off with ‘Chill with (Ice) Latte’, ‘Toast to Latte’ instead of XOXO. I’d rather sit in silence with my coffee than talk to my husband, so it’s totally untrue that women need to speak […]

Ask #SkinishMom – How to Date without Babysitter for Eczema Kid?

To #SkinishMom: Valentine’s Day is tomorrow!! My husband and I have not had a date night for 4 years (and counting!!). We don’t have a babysitter because it’s too difficult to brief someone (and trust that someone) when my son has eczema and allergies. But I REALLY NEED TO DATE this V-Day! I’m feeling more […]

#SkinishMom – Don’t Date after Menstrual Day 14 if You Sweat a lot

I came across this study ‘Higher Sweating Rate and Skin Blood Flow during the Luteal Phase of the Menstrual Cycle’. Simply put, sweat and skin blood flow was higher from Day 14 to Day 1 of the next period.  This got #SkinishMom investigating when do we sweat more? Maybe if we can avoid the circumstances when […]

Ask #Skinish Mom – Cut Some Slack in Parenting

To the #Skinish Mom: I read last week that we’re right to think that raising eczema kids is tough. But what about parenting them? Seriously, the amount of advice on ‘naughty corner’, helicopter parenting, attachment parenting, spanking, tiger mom is driving me nuts. Can I just forget the whole parenting thing since the skin thing is […]

Ask #Skinish Mom – Is it Wrong to Think I have it Tough?

To the #Skinish Mom: I feel that it is so tough raising a baby with eczema – the scratching, the sleepless nights… Some days I added comments like ‘I’m not having another child cos raising one with skin problem is so tough’ or ‘Do you know how difficult it is?’ but most of the time, […]