I have eczema on my face, can I still have facial treatments?
This will depend very much on how severe and widespread your eczema is and what triggers
Find out if the products your therapist is going to use in the facial treatment contain any topical irritants, also if she will patch test you with the products she is going to use to ensure that you will not react to them.
A simple act like washing your hands, applying eye makeup, or wearing scratchy material can instigate a flare-up that feels interminable.
Almost anything can trigger eczema, and sometimes nothing at all can precede a bout of oppressive itching, scratching, and rashes. Wool (from clothing to carpets), shampoos, hair dyes, nail polish, jewelry, plants, undergarments (elastic waistbands and spandex bras are special villains), deodorant, tight socks, nylons, pet allergies, excessive heat or air conditioning (which increases dry and itchy skin), bathing too often (which leaches moisture out of the skin), using harsh or mild soaps, hot water, vigorous rubbing or massaging, chlorinated water, salt water, and even sweat (this triggered my eczema almost instantaneously) are all possible offenders. In the world of cosmetics, preservatives, irritants (such as peppermint, menthol, alcohol, camphor, eucalyptus, fragrance, and essential oils), bath salts, bubble bath, scrubs, AHAs, BHA, and loofahs are all potential eczema triggers.
Despite this daunting list, everyone is different, and what irritates your skin might not irritate someone else’s. There is no exact science to discovering what causes your skin to react; rather, it is a process of paying attention to what you come into contact with, seeing what makes things worse for your skin, and then eliminating or avoiding those things at all costs.
Generally, an impaired surface skin barrier condition, such as dry skin or irritated skin, is more prone to the sensation of itching and chapping, so a state-of-the-art skin-care routine is essential for finding a reliable way to deal with the rashes and itching. Gentle cleansers, along with gentle toners and moisturizers loaded with antioxidants, cell-communicating ingredients, and skin-identical ingredients, are essential. It is also important to keep bathing time short, avoid bath salts or bubble baths, use lukewarm to warm water (avoid hot water most of all, and that includes jacuzzis), and avoid bar soaps of any kind (all contain potential irritants). Using fragrance-free, gentle liquid cleansers that also contain moisturizing agents, and applying and reapplying moisturizers quickly afterward, can help a lot.
Unquestionably, well-formulated moisturizers minimize dryness and are a mainstay in treating mild to chronic eczema. It is believed that regular and frequent use of emollient moisturizers can reduce the amount of topical steroids needed in the maintenance treatment of eczema. The more emollient the cream the better, and when fatty acids are included in the formula it’s particularly helpful. Fatty acids are ingredients such as triglycerides, oleic acid, linoleic acid, evening primrose oil, borage oil, fish oil, flaxseed oil, coconut oil, and palm oil (Source: Skin Pharmacology and Applied Skin Physiology, March 2002, pages 100–104). While using a moisturizer twice daily is considered adequate, it is essential to keep a moisturizer with you at all times so that you can reapply it every time you wash your hands. During the day it is essential that you apply an emollient moisturizer with an SPF 15 or greater that contains UVA-protecting ingredients on exposed areas of your body. In the case of eczema, because of the risk of irritation and skin sensitivity, the UVA-protecting ingredients should be only titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, with no avobenzone or other synthetic sunscreen agents of any kind. Synthetic sunscreen agents have a potential to cause skin irritation, and skin afflicted with eczema is much more prone to reacting to irritants, even those (like AHAs or BHA) that traditionally offer skin more benefits than problems.
topical corticosteroids – skin thinning(cortisone)
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