The 28-year-old woman scoffed that she had “grandmother’s hand”.
But there is a reason why Lauren Bell’s skin looks older – and many others have ended up with the same problem.
A business owner from Swansea, West Glamorgan, Wales, said: “When I was in school, I was called ‘Grandma’s Hand.’
“I was always stubborn, I was never abused, it was water flowing from a duck’s back, it didn’t make me feel too bad.
“But you ask people, ‘Why does your hand look so old?’
“I’m a designer and I work a lot with my hands. I’ve been involved in workshops or group projects, and people are always asking, ‘Why are your hands like that?’
Lauren’s skin has been moisturized by eczema and the use of steroid creams for many years to alleviate its symptoms.
One of the side effects of topical steroid creams listed by the NHS is skin thinning.
Lauren said: “I had eczema as a child, so I used steroid creams for a long time. I used it on my hands and arms.
“I used to use steroid creams gently as a child, but for the last three or four years I have been using them for a few weeks or more.
“If I didn’t use them, my hands would burn and I would be prescribed a stronger cream, and most people would be trapped in this cycle.
“Over the last few years, I’ve noticed that my skin has changed.
“Steroid creams have caused a lot of things – skin aging, sun sensitivity and worsening eczema symptoms.”
Lauren decided to stop using topical steroid creams that she said were “addictive”.
Some eczema sufferers find that after many years of using steroid creams, they stop working.
Steroid Steroid Removal (TSW) – can occur when a person’s skin deteriorates significantly after leaving creams they have been using for a long time.
It is gradually being recognized by public health authorities, including the MHRA and the NHS, and is widespread in people who have used these products for a long time.
Lauren said she has noticed a “big difference” since she eliminated steroid creams and applied a more natural approach to her eczema.
He even founded Cosi Care to help others with chronic conditions and TSW.
It sells scratching tools designed to relieve itching without breaking the skin, such as nails, to prevent bleeding and infections.
There have been many movements that perceive what real human skin is like, whether it is eczema or acne.
Lauren said: “I stopped using steroid cream sixteen months ago and noticed a big difference.
“After sixteen months of not using it, my skin has returned to normal, except for my hands, which have suffered from the thinning nature of steroid creams.
“You see the effects of premature aging, but I don’t use creams. That should change over time.”
Lauren covered her arms with long-sleeved tops to hide them.
But now he has embraced his “old skin” and is no longer “disappointed” to have spoken openly about it on TikTok.
Lauren said: “I shot the video on TickTock and I don’t understand how many people are suffering from this kind of anxiety.
“I received a lot of comments from people, especially young women, who said, ‘I never understood why my hands are old.’
“It really strengthened it, and it was great to have other people who shared the same danger, because I always felt lonely.
“Since starting Cosi Care, I’ve talked to a lot of people who have experienced topical steroid removal, and it’s made me realize that thousands of people are experiencing the same thing.
“I’m embracing my hand now because I feel more accepted on the internet.
“Everyone seems to be hiding a real danger,” he said.
“No one really talks about old hands.
“It should be published there and people should respond in a really encouraging way. It made me feel like I wasn’t crazy at all.
“People who accept what their real skin is like, whether it’s eczema or acne, have had a lot of movement.
“Three years ago, you would never have caught me shooting a video about my hands. It would have been my nightmare, but I feel very comfortable and ready to do it.”
Now Lauren tries to help others manage eczema with the Cosi Care Scratch Star and Scratch Attack Roller stored in the freezer.
Lauren says: “When I was a child, my father used ice and cold flannel to cool my eczema.
“So, through Cosi Care, I put it all into a toy product, so kids can use it when they itch.
“It has a refrigerated texture and doesn’t have the harmful effects of scratching.”