Eczema is very common during the fall and winter months. When the air gets cool, your skin might start to get dry, itchy, red, and flakey. If you’re suffering from eczema, especially under your eyes or on your eyelids, here are a few do’s and don’ts to keep it under wraps.
DO: Hydrate the dry skin
If your skin is dry, itchy, or irritated it’s important to keep it hydrated while treating your eczema. Letting the skin dry out too much may lead to further irritation. Use an unscented moisturizer that is safe for sensitive skin as well as an under-eye cream intended for eczema treatment. If your eczema is severe, use a medicated cream.
DON’T: Use harsh exfoliants
It can be tempting to exfoliate off all the dead, dry skin, but exfoliating the area will only lead to further irritation. Avoid using harsh exfoliants and let the area heal fully before getting rid of excess dead skin.
DO: Use a primer when applying makeup
You should avoid wearing makeup during an eczema flare-up, but if your eczema is mild or at bay, you will want to apply a primer before applying your makeup. Not only will it help to even out the area, but it will also help to keep the area free of makeup that could irritate the skin. Use a primer you know your skin reacts well to that is low in chemicals and fragrance-free.
DON’T: Rub, itch, or pick at dry skin
Try to avoid touching your eczema spots as much as possible. Picking at, itching, or rubbing the skin will only get it dirty and cause further irritation. Touch the skin only when applying the product and always wash your hands thoroughly.
DO: Consult a dermatologist
Mild eczema can be treated at home, but if you have severe eczema or you’re not getting relief from your eczema, consult a dermatologist. They can help you figure out the best course of action to take and find the right products for your skin, including medicated products to give you relief faster.
DON’T: Wash your face with hot water
Hot water can cause the skin to become dry and since your eczema is already dry, you want to avoid further irritation. Wash your face with lukewarm water and avoid excess heat on your face.
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