Dealing With Facial Eczema

Posted On: 05-13-2016
Dealing With Facial Eczema
Eczema, also referred to as atopic dermatitis, is a chronic skin condition that causes itchy and cracking skin. Although eczema is most common in childhood, it can affect adults as well, especially those exposed to a dry and hot environment.

Seborrheic eczema is a type that develops mainly on the scalp, but it can also surface on the face. The result can be oily and yellow scabs around the eyes, eyelids, and eyebrows. Scratching and itching can cause the area to become red and swollen, and some patients may develop an extra fold of skin under the eyes as a result.

Fortunately, there are many treatments available for eczema, including things that can be done at home:

• Moisturize the affected area two to three times daily. Use a lotion that does not contain alcohol, which can be drying for your skin. Be careful not to get the lotion close to your eyes.

• Pat your skin gently with a towel after showering or bathing. Do not rub the area in order to dry it. This can further irritate the eczema.

• Wear sunglasses if the weather is triggering your eczema. This will protect the eye area from wind, cold, or dry air.

• Apply only hypoallergenic makeup to your skin. This makeup is gentle and will not clog pores. Although it may be tempting to use a lot of makeup to hide the eczema, wearing too much can be drying.

• Avoid scratching or rubbing the affected area. This can lead to a patchy loss of eyebrows or eyelashes around your eyes and can also make your skin situation worse.

Don’t forget to discuss medical treatment options with your dermatologist. Depending on the severity of your eczema, you might be a candidate for—or be able to find relief from—corticosteroid creams, antibiotics, antihistamines, or light therapy.

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