Eczema-prone skin on the face: symptoms and causes
If you’re suffering from red, itchy, inflamed skin, there’s a chance that you have eczema. The skin condition can affect small areas of your skin on the face and body and result in rough, red and inflamed patches that can sometimes be itchy. Those are a few of the most common symptoms of eczema on the face. The term “eczema” refers to multiple types of skin conditions, including atopic dermatitis, which is genetic, and contact dermatitis, which occurs when the skin is allergic to a specific ingredient or product. The symptoms of eczema on the face are the same as those elsewhere on the body, and flare-ups are common on both areas. For more information on eczema, including causes of eczema on the face, don’t miss La Roche-Posay’s Dermclass video. It breaks down everything you need to know about the skin condition. For more on the causes of eczema flare-ups, be sure to watch this Dermclass.
How to care for eczema-prone skin on your face
When it comes to treating eczema on the face, it’s the same as treating eczema elsewhere on the body. While eczema flare-ups on the face can often feel more urgent to treat than those on the body because they’re more visible, the treatment remains the same for all conditions. Here are a few tips for how to curb and care for eczema-prone skin on the face.
Identify the cause
The first step in the treatment for eczema on the face is to determine what type of skin condition you have and what is triggering the flare-up. If you’re unable to get the answers you need from your own deductions at home, a certified dermatologist can help you to determine whether you are reacting to an allergen or irritant (contact dermatitis) or if your eczema is genetic (atopic dermatitis). The dermatologist can also help you create a skincare routine to help soothe and repair the irritation.
Establish a skincare routine
Keeping your skin hydrated is one of the most important steps you can take in minimizing eczema flare-ups. A gentle moisturizing routine with products that are safe for sensitive, eczema-prone skin can help to curb itchiness and irritation.
- Choose a gentle cleanser that won’t disturb the skin’s microbiome and disrupt the skin barrier. La Roche-Posay’s Lipikar line offers a few cleanser options that are perfect for eczema-prone skin. Lipikar Syndet AP+ is a cream-based soap-free cleanser that can be used on the face or body for a non-irritating cleanse for adults and babies. Cleansing oil is another popular option for cleansing irritation-prone skin. Lipikar Oil AP+ is a lipid-replenishing oil cleanser that helps to nourish the skin barrier and protect the skin from the drying effects of hard water. Lipikar Surgras Bar Soap, a twist on the typical bar soap, provides a cleansing option that protects the skin barrier without leaving skin feeling dry.
- After cleansing, using a cream suitable for eczema-prone skin is essential to keep skin hydrated and happy. La Roche-Posay Lipikar Baume AP+M is a soothing balm that locks in moisture while helping to relieve itchiness. Another option for a cream suitable for eczema-prone skin on the face is Toleriane Ultra Overnight, a gentle, nourishing night cream that helps to repair skin while you sleep.
While these are preventive measures to help care for eczema-prone skin, it should be noted that with some forms of the skin condition, even when preventive measures are taken, flare-ups can still occur. Pick up more tips for treatment for eczema on the face with La Roche-Posay’s Dermclass video.
Eczema-safe makeup and makeup remover
An often-asked question about eczema-prone skin on the face is whether it can be covered up with makeup. While makeup can help to minimize the redness, it’s important to hydrate and treat the skin before applying it over your face. Before applying any makeup to your face or around your eyes, prep the area with Lipikar Baume AP+M. Toleriane Ultra Eye Contour is an eye cream created especially for the sensitive eye area that won’t cause irritation and provides a great base for the application of makeup. When it comes to removing makeup, using a harsh scrub or soap can disrupt the skin microbiome and cause irritation. Reach for a gentle cream cleanser like Toleriane Dermo-Cleanser or a micellar water like Micellar Water Ultra Reactive Skin to gently break down makeup while leaving your skin barrier intact and undisturbed.