Between working through a pandemic and witnessing protests fighting the world’s injustices, my mind isn’t the only thing stressed the eff out right now—my skin is, too.

See, a few days ago, I caught myself scratching my chest more than usual under my hoodie. Concerned, I looked down and noticed red splotches from my neck to my navel. I’m not necessarily new to skin issues (I deal with eczema on my hands from frequent hand-washing and stress-related breakouts are pretty normal), but this was different.