A mother who blames menopause for causing eczema on her face and neck and was so ashamed of her “red raw” skin that she didn’t leave the house for three weeks is sharing her £9.50 “miracle cure”.
When Lisa Dispirito, 54, first noticed an angry red swelling on her neck in January 2022, she thought she was allergic to a perfume she bought for Christmas.
But the rash quickly spread, and the retired bank manager who had always had a clear complexion finally realized she had eczema caused by hormonal changes during menopause.
Lisa, who lives in Bideford, Devon, with her partner, John, 55, a retired taxi driver, and has two grown children, Kia, 27, and Georgia, 23, said: “I wasn’t too concerned at first but as As the days and weeks went by, the rash spread over my neck and chest and then to my face and eyes.
“Every morning when I got up, I looked in the mirror and it had gotten worse.
“I’ve had clear skin all my life, so it really freaked me out. I honestly felt really low and I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to get rid of it.”
She added: “I didn’t want anyone to see my face and there was a three-week period where I didn’t leave the house once.”
Desperate to clear up the raging and itchy rash, Lisa began ordering several face creams online.
She said, “I tried everything, all the famous brands, but it kept getting worse.”
She added: “It was raw red and itched like crazy. The dryness was so bad around my eyes that it looked like I had two black eyes. My skin flaked off.
“I ramped up my cleansing and moisturizing routine, but nothing seemed to give me any relief from the itch or clear up the raging rash that seemed to spread and intensify.
“I was really worried and became quite depressed about the condition of my skin. I had never had such skin problems before and eczema did not run in my family.”
Lisa admits that she was hesitant to make a doctor’s appointment and wanted to fix the problem herself.
She said: “There were a number of reasons why I didn’t want to see a doctor, knowing how long they are for appointments, but also because I just didn’t want to go out in public.
“I took a picture of my face in case I decide to make a phone appointment.”
She added: “I felt like I was in a nightmare, it was just awful. My partner was really supportive but I didn’t even want him to look at me and was in a separate bedroom because I couldn’t sleep because of the itching.”
Lisa also hid her skin from her daughters and did not visit them in Kent during the flare-up.
“My daughters didn’t realize how bad it had gotten, but it made me agoraphobic,” she said.
In March 2022, Lisa said the red rash and dry skin had spread over her face.
She said: “After three weeks of not leaving the house, I ventured to Morrisons at the end of the road.
“I tried to cover up the eczema by putting a scarf around my neck, but it was impossible to hide.”
She added: “I only lasted 10 minutes before I left and returned home quickly.”
And Lisa was glad she retired in May 2020 and didn’t have to face colleagues.
“I told my partner it was a good job not to work because I would be sick for weeks.”
“There was no way I could have coped with my job with the state my face was in,” she said.
Determined to find out what was going on, Lisa googled her symptoms — and concluded that menopause was the cause of her eczema.
She said: “I started researching my symptoms online to try and figure out what was causing them. I even thought it was shingles but realized the symptoms didn’t match.
“I read an article online about a lady who had similar symptoms to me, eczema of the face, eyes and neck, caused by menopause.”
She added: “I started developing some menopausal symptoms last year and realized that this was the only hormonal change I had experienced that could have caused the eczema.”
Lisa found the Hydrosil Dry Eye Gel from Skin Shop, which costs £9.50 online, and Hydrosil Turmeric Butter & Hypoallergenic Milk Salve, which costs £10.95, and Lisa decided to give the products a try.
She said, “At this point, I’d tried everything and nothing seemed to work, but I’d heard good things about this one after watching reviews on YouTube.”
She added: “It was not an overnight cure. My skin was so sore it took time to heal and I could see the products calming it down.
“Within two weeks my eczema was gone. After all this time of stressing and trying different brands, I couldn’t believe that this finally worked.
“I used the eye gel and turmeric butter regularly throughout the day and it worked wonders.”
She added, “So much so that I don’t have to use it on a daily basis anymore.”
Lisa says she only uses the gel when she has a flare-up.
She said, “I still have my first bottles of the products because I don’t have to use them all the time, just as my skin gets dry again.”
She added: “I still get the occasional flare-up, but I’m nipping it in the bud with the eye gel.
“When I look at the difference, sometimes it’s hard to believe my own eyes after all the ups and downs I’ve been through with my skin.
“I’m socializing again and no longer feel like a prisoner to my own skin.”
Consultant dermatologist Dr. Eva Melegh MD said, “Women entering menopause are more prone to developing dry, itchy skin and eczema.
“The reduction in the hormone estrogen can trigger eczema outbreaks in menopausal women, as estrogen is an important factor in collagen production, which keeps the skin flexible and hydrated.
“The skin around the eyes and on the neck is particularly prone to drying out from a drop of estrogen because it’s very thin and so can’t hold much moisture.”