What is Eczema?
Eczema is the reaction of epidermis which causes the keratinocytes to become less tightly held together. As a result your skin becomes sensitive and can react to many external factors such as soaps, fragrances, detergents and even water. At the beginning of the process the natural protective layer of the skin is breeched and almost anything can become a potential irritant. This may lead to a mild itchy rash or to more severe breakouts.
The Ways to Control Eczema
The most frustrating and dangerous about eczema is that it has the ability to manifest itself in such different ways from person to person. If you notice the breakouts which you suppose to look like eczema it is crucial to consult a dermatologist. There are various products and over- the-counter topical creams which can help you alleviate the itchiness and clear up a breakout.
Here are a few recommendations which should be followed in order to soothe current outbreaks and assist in curing:
· Don't use heavily perfumed soaps, shampoos and moisturizers.
· Give the preference to gentle skin care products. The fewer ingredients in your cleanser, toner and moisturizer, the better.
· Include in your skin care routine products containing anti-inflammatories and emollients which can help your skin reapair naturally.
How to Apply Make up during an Eczema Breakout?
If you want to wear make up during the eczema breakout you should choose natural products containing fewer ingredients. Don't buy cosmetic product which includes a lot of preservatives especially the make up with lanolin as an ingredient. Use only hypoallergenic, noncomedogenic and nonacnegenic (won’t cause acne breakouts) products.
Before applying your make up lay a gentle moisturizer on the whole face and the areas affected by the eczema.
Your main aim in applying your foundation is to control the redness rather than masking it. If you apply excessive amount of foundation it can even worsen the outbreak and draw extra attention to it. Try a foundation in a pale green shade. Use green aimed to mask redness and form a beige skin-toned color which will even out your skin. Don't apply foundations which claim to be age-fighting, lifting or oil-controlling. Such products usually contain a lot of additional ingredients which can irritate your eczema and make it more noticeable.
Note! Mix a small amount of pale green foundation in with your moisturizer to reduce the redness before applying the foundation.
Eye Make up
The area of the face which is most commonly affected by eczema is the sensitive skin around your eyes. That's why you should be especially careful while choosing your eye make up. It is recommended to use water-soluble cosmetics which don't require the harsh make up removers to clean your eyes at night. Choose a powdered eye shadow with a matte finish in order to reduce the irritation.