Symptoms and Treatment of Eczema on the Face

Eczema on the face can be both a painful condition to experience as well as an embarrassing one. If you believe you are experiencing eczema on your face but have not confirmed this suspicion with your dermatologist or doctor, it would probably be best to do so before exercising any treatment methods. There are quite a few symptoms of eczema that may vary from person to person, but there are some tell-tale signs that are present in most cases. We are going to talk about these symptoms as well as treatment options to help you get through a breakout of eczema on the face.

Eczema is a condition in which an area or areas of the skin becomes dry and very itchy. The skin may also appear red and swollen or even spotted like a rash. It is not uncommon for the area to crust over or for the skin to flake off. A particularly nasty outbreak may even result in oozing or “weeping” fluid. The skin can become cracked which can be a very painful symptom when the area is located on the face—a part of the body that moves quite a lot (even when we don’t realize it). If a person with eczema scratches the skin, it is likely to bleed and scab over, which makes the condition seem much more noticeable.

If you haven’t been to the doctor yet, you should be prepared to answer quite a lot of questions about your skin and your lifestyle. While doctors can perform a skin test, most prefer to exam the affected area and ask suitable questions to make their diagnosis so that treatment can begin immediately. Some of the questions may regard your eating habits, hygiene (such as whether you use harsh soaps or heavily perfumed lotions or body sprays), allergies, and dermatological conditions in your family’s history. You will also be expected to relay when the symptoms first showed up (or roughly how long they have lasted), and any other symptoms that may be bothering you. The more information you can provide, the better your doctor will be able to discern whether you truly are suffering from eczema.

There are many things that can cause eczema on the face. It could be a condition that crops up due to the use of certain cosmetics or bath products, or it could be that your skin is simply not retaining enough hydration. Many people with eczema believe that frequent washing of the skin will aid in soothing the problem, but in actuality this could be worsening it! When we wash our skin—both the body and the face—our natural oils are depleted, leaving the skin less supple and very dry. Adding lotions after a shower or washing your face can help, but you must be very careful what kind of moisturizer you apply to the skin. Vitamin E is one of the best vitamins your skin can obtain, so a facial moisturizer that contains this vitamin is likely to improve your skin.

Clothing detergents can also cause an outbreak of eczema on the face, neck, and body. If you have recently switched detergent or fabric softener and have suddenly broken out with what appears to be eczema, then you’ve probably just chosen a laundry product that is too harsh for your skin. Consider switching to a product that is designed for sensitive skin or that reads “non-biological”. The addition of bath emollients (or bath oils) that are designed to combat dryness and skin sensitivity may also help.

Although antibiotics and skin ointments may be helpful in severe cases, the best treatment method is to keep the skin well hydrated and to avoid the things that “trigger” your eczema. You might find it helpful to keep a log of your diet and any products that you use. Make subtle changes to these and write down the results to determine which parts of your lifestyle are affecting your eczema outbreaks.

Best of luck in managing your eczema!




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