Atopic dermatitis, more commonly known as eczema, can occur anywhere on the body, but is most often found around the arms, legs, neck, and face. It’s that last location that we’ll be discussing because atopic dermatitis on the face can be the most challenging to live with.
Facial eczema is particularly troubling because it’s the most visible. Those afflicted often suffer self-esteem problems and social difficulties. Low confidence and a reduced self-image can lead to depression and social anxiety later in life.
There is no cure. Only our haphazard paddling through the river of time can make a difference. Children often outgrow the condition before it can adversely affect them. For those that continue into their formative years or adulthood, learning to control their symptoms is critical. This is also true for adults who develop issues without having suffered as a child. Those with a chronic condition can minimize flareups and reduce its impact on their life with proper care.
How to Spot Atopic Dermatitis on the Face
In young children, facial eczema is found most often on the cheeks and forehead, though other body parts can be affected with time. Adult facial atopic dermatitis commonly presents on the scalp, forehead, cheeks, around the eyes, and behind the ears.
The condition is characterized by dry skin and patches of red, itchy rashes. These patches cycle between an acute phase — where the pain and itch are at their worst — and a dormant state, where they retreat. A patient’s quality of life can be improved by reducing the frequency and severity of these flareups, keeping the condition in remission for longer.
Treating Facial Atopic Dermatitis
Most of the same protocols trusted for the body can be used to treat atopic dermatitis on the face. However extra care should be taken because…it’s your face, your money maker, that attractive collection of sense organs that people recognize as you. This skin is particularly sensitive to internal and environmental irritants.
Avoid soaps, body washes, moisturizing creams, and cosmetics that contain harsh chemicals. Be particularly careful about facial cleansers and moisturizers. Seemingly innocuous ingredients like fragrances and dyes are often irritating to sensitive skin and can trigger a flare-up. Other compounds, like phthalates and parabens can damage your skin’s critical moisture barrier, triggering eczema and worsening existing symptoms.
Learn Your Triggers
The lotions and potions you apply to your skin are just some of the things that can trigger a flare-up. Stress, allergens, excessive sweating, and cold, dry air are also common triggers. Pay attention to what you’re doing when your eczema flares. Over time you’ll learn your susceptibilies and how to avoid them.
Go Easy in the Shower
It’s your skin, not the side of your house. You don’t need a powerwasher or industrial solvents to clean it — particularly if you suffer from facial eczema. Hot water and extended showers or baths can dry or damage the skin, worsening symptoms. Limit sessions to ten minutes and favor warm water over hot. When washing your face out of the shower, chose a mild, hypoallergenic cleanser.
Use Our Two Step Solution for Sensitive Skin
One step might be good enough for some people. But a modern, cosmopolitan individual such as yourself recognizes that one step is one step too few. You need one step to open the door, and a second to seal the deal.
Dr. Eddie’s two step skincare routine for dry skin infuses moisture, strengthens and protects your skin’s moisture barrier, and helps retain that protection long-term. Should we meet the steps?
Step one. Wash your face or bathe using our Happy Cappy Daily Shampoo and Body Wash. It’s formulated to cleanse gently, hydrating the skin as you soak to protect your skin’s natural barrier.
Step two. Gently pat dry and then lock in your skin’s moisture with Happy Cappy Moisturizing Cream. Its mild, non-greasy formula is safe for infants yet effective enough for adults. It soaks into the skin readily, hydrating without feeling heavy. Moisturize at least twice a day, and whenever you wash your face or bathe your skin.
Both our daily shampoo body wash and moisturizing cream are hypoallergenic and free of damaging ingredients. And you can buy them bundled in our two step skincare routine for dry skin.
Two steps. Two products. One happy face.