Eczema is a condition that causes the skin to become inflamed or irritated. This skin condition can happen in people of all ages, genders, and races. If you struggle with facial eczema, it can be helpful to partner with a board-certified dermatologist. Here’s what to know about facial eczema and how you can achieve relief.
Causes of Facial Eczema
Many different factors can contribute to eczema. These include genetics, environment, climate, and even stress. While the underlying cause of eczema isn’t well understood, it is believed to flare up due to a combination of these factors.
Types of Eczema
Eczema can present itself in many different forms. The most common form is atopic dermatitis, which usually appears as a red, itchy rash. Other forms of eczema include contact dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis, and nummular eczema. A dermatologist can help diagnose your type of eczema for more targeted treatment.
Symptoms of Eczema
Eczema can cause various symptoms, including dry skin, redness, itching, and burning. In severe cases, eczema can lead to blistering and crusting. If you have any of these symptoms, it’s important to see a dermatologist to find ways to get relief and prevent subsequent flareups.
Treatment for Eczema
There is no cure for eczema, but several treatments can help relieve the symptoms. These include over-the-counter and prescription medications and home remedies.
Many different over-the-counter medications can be used to treat eczema. These include antihistamines, corticosteroids, and moisturizers. Your dermatologist can recommend eczema-safe products to keep in your home for when you experience flareups.
Several home remedies can help relieve eczema symptoms. These include using a humidifier, avoiding trigger foods, and applying a cool compress to the affected area. If your symptoms are severe, you should see a dermatologist right away.
Skin Care for Facial Eczema
There are some special considerations for eczema patients when it comes to developing a skincare regimen.
First, choose a gentle cleanser that will not irritate the skin, avoiding cleansers with harsh chemicals such as sulfates and parabens. These ingredients can strip the skin of moisture and cause irritation.
It is important to moisturize your skin when you have eczema. Good ingredients to look for include hyaluronic acid, oat or shea butter, aloe, vitamin E, and humectants.
Sunscreen is even more important for patients with eczema. Make sure to look for a sunscreen with SPF 30+ and broad-spectrum protection. Make sure it’s also mineral-based (containing active ingredients like titanium dioxide or zinc oxide) rather than chemical-based and doesn’t contain any fragrance or alcohol. When trying a new sunscreen, consider doing a patch test before using it all over your face.
Schedule an Appointment
Facial eczema can be frustrating, but many treatments are available. To meet with our board-certified dermatologist and learn more, contact Sunrise Dermatology by calling or filling out our online form.