Tips for Applying Cosmetics to Eczema Prone Skin

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When you have eczema, it doesn’t mean that you’re going to have to go without makeup for the rest of your life. Sure you’re going to have to take some precautions and maybe change up your techniques, but you still have plenty of options for what products to use. Before you head to the makeup counter or give up on using cosmetics completely, check out some of the following tips for when you want to apply makeup and other products to your eczema prone skin.

Read the Ingredients
You have to be careful what ingredients go into your skin so you can not only avoid making a flare-up worse but prevent one from happening in the first place. There are certain ingredients that you should avoid, such as fragrances and salicylic acid, that could cause problems for your skin. If there are no ingredients listed, such as if you’re buying the product online, your best bet is to either search down the ingredients or opt for another product that you know is safe for your skin.

Opt for Sensitive Skin Cosmetics
There are quite a few cosmetics and other beauty products on the market that cater to those who have skin sensitivities. Typically these products won’t contain anything that will aggravate eczema prone skin, however, you’ll still want to review all the warnings and ingredients anyway.

Give Your Skin a Break
If you’re in the midst of a pretty serious flare-up and your skin is super irritated, as much as you may want to slather your skin with makeup to try to cover it all up, you may want to skip it and give your skin a break. The less you put on your skin during a flare-up, the sooner you may start to see a positive change.


A really good moisturizer could do some amazing things for your skin. It essentially helps to improve the skin’s barrier as well as create a good set-up for any other products you’re going to put on your skin. Not only could it help soothe your skin and provide a good boost of moisture but it could help it look and feel better as well. During the colder weather, you may want to switch to a richer moisturizer to help combat the harsh, cold temperatures, and during the warmer months, a lighter moisturizer might feel more comfortable on your skin.

Do a Patch Test
Regardless of whether you’re using a lipstick, moisturizer, blush, or another product entirely, it’s essential that you do a patch test. One day and one time aren’t enough; you’ll want to do it a few times to ensure that the product is safe for you to use. The last thing you want is to realize that your skin and the product aren’t compatible after you’ve already applied it onto your face.

The best thing you can do if you want to change up your beauty routine is to speak with your dermatologist. Considering everyone’s skin is different, they’ll be able to provide you with tailored instructions regarding what cosmetics would be best for your skin and what you should avoid.

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