Eczema Skin Care Tips

Care & make-up tips for skin affected by eczema

Skin Care

Try and identify your own eczema triggers, common ones are soap, detergents and sudden changes in temperature.
Don’t overheat and avoid turning your central heating too high, hot baths, showers and saunas.
Develop a good daily skincare routine, using emollients for washing your face and showering.
Don’t wash your skin with soap or astringent cleansers (the latter may be quite harsh for delicate skin), which will dry and irritate your skin.
Apply any lotions or skincare with long smooth strokes on the body in the same direction of hair growth.
As soon as there are signs of a flare up, or your skin becomes red, start treatment straight away.
Topical steroids should be used in short term bursts only. Use a non-drug solution for in-between treatments, to help manage your skin condition and reduce the risk of flare ups.
Be aware of infection, seek medical advice if your skin becomes red and weepy or does not respond to treatment.
Don’t forget dry skin is always itchy skin. Daily maintenance of moisturised skin is essential to avoid accelerating the itch scratch cycle.

By JULIE VAN ONSELEN Independent Dermatology Nurse and Educator

Make Up

Test products out before applying all over the skin by doing a 24hr patch test (usually done on the inside of your wrist) - It’s okay to try before you buy!
Use an oil-based cleanser twice a day. This makes the most of the “good oils” in the product to get rid of the “bad oils”, dirt and make-up on your skin. This also helps avoid stripping away too much “good oil” which may cause skin irritation.
Use a serum that restores skin health and comfort, not just its appearance
Use a highlighter (a cream, gel or powder to emphasise a particular feature) to give your skin a natural glow, whatever skin type you have. Gently tap it on top of the cheeks, below the eyes. Don’t rub it into the skin.
Protect your skin from the sun and harsh environments by wearing sunscreen every day. This helps to create a protective barrier on your skin.
Use mineral-based make-up developed for sensitive skin, and blend with a mineral brush in a small circular motion.
Avoid using make-up with pore-clogging ingredients, such as mineral oil.
Learn how to create a natural, flawless base by cleverly layering products, such as mineral-based powder and using a good concealer, but only in areas that need that extra bit of coverage, for example under the eyes. This will help avoid the camouflaged “mask” look that foundations sometimes create.
Never use soap as a facial cleanser or over-cleanse your face - this will strip your skin of the natural oils, which are essential to help heal and protect.

By DANI GUINSBERG Make-up artist and CEO, Creative Director and Founder of The Session School

Please also check how SEQuaderma Red Dry Itchy Skin can further help you take care of your skin affected by eczema.