Cream-based products are the right choice for eczema-prone skin, advise both Tommy and New York City-based makeup artist Nam Vo. “Powders add texture upon texture,” says Vo. However, Tommy finds that cream blushes and bronzers can be gentler on the skin.
Cotton (preferably 100%) is usually the most recommended textile for people with eczema. Cotton is soft, cool, absorbs sweat well, is easily washable and allows the skin to “breathe”.
Scents. No matter how soft and subtle a scent, ingredients that add fragrance to makeup and lotion can trigger eczema flare-ups. Your safest bet? Choose cosmetics made for sensitive skin (it says so on the packaging).
Do’s and don’ts when treating eczema:
AVOID triggers of the rash, including stress. Moisturize your skin daily, even if you don’t have symptoms. Use an unscented, oil-based cream or ointment (not lotion), which is best applied immediately after bathing while skin is still damp. Use hypoallergenic products whenever possible.
As pretty as it may look, tight clothing doesn’t necessarily go well with eczema. In fact, it may require you to use eczema cream more often if you wear it regularly. Wear loose-fitting clothing instead. Loose clothing does not rub against the skin as much and is much more breathable.
Are there any possible side effects? Moist compresses used to treat moderate to severe eczema are generally well tolerated. However, there are some potential risks and side effects to consider. Covering the skin increases the potency of topical treatments, allowing them to become more effective.
Rethink your detergent
Some children and adults may also be allergic or sensitive to the ingredients in natural or conventional detergents. Together, these things can really wreak havoc by triggering eczema or further irritating already inflamed skin.
Vaseline is well tolerated and works well on sensitive skin, making it an ideal treatment for eczema flare-ups. Unlike some products that can sting and cause discomfort, petroleum jelly has moisturizing and soothing properties that help soothe irritation, redness, and discomfort.
Linkner likes a mineral-based powder formula for people with eczema. “It creates a barrier against environmental stressors,” she says. Try: Colorescience Pressed Powder Foundation ($55, colorescience.com). Dr
Sweat, fabrics (wool, polyester), pet hair, hot or cold weather, and harsh soaps are common triggers. Others are: Dry skin. It could become flaky, tight and easy to crack, causing a flare-up.
Vegetables and fruits rich in anti-inflammatory flavonoids: apples, broccoli, cherries, blueberries, spinach and kale. Flavonoids have been found to help improve the overall health of a person’s skin and fight issues like inflammation (which accompanies eczema).
Your skin is thirsty
For people prone to eczema, skin that is too dry can become easily irritated, itchy and break out in itchy, red patches. You can rehydrate your skin by drinking plenty of water, keeping it well hydrated, especially after a shower, and running a humidifier
Corticosteroid creams, solutions, gels, foams and ointments. These treatments, made with hydrocortisone steroids, can quickly relieve itching and reduce inflammation. They come in a variety of strengths, ranging from mild over-the-counter (OTC) treatments to stronger prescription drugs.
There is no permanent cure for eczema, but certain lifestyle changes and treatments can relieve itching and prevent future breakouts.