Atopic Dermatitis on Face


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 the 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 who 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 flare-ups and reduce their 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 flare-ups, 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, choose 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.


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What can trigger atopic dermatitis on the face?

The most common factors that trigger atopic dermatitis on the face are irritants such as chemicals in the soap, face wash, shampoo, and body wash. And allergens like extreme weather, pollen, dust mites, and pet fur.

Is atopic dermatitis some kind of skin allergy?

Any kind of skin allergy does not cause this skin condition and is thus not considered a skin allergy.

Is there any difference between atopic dermatitis and eczema?

Atopic dermatitis is a subcategory or type of eczema, but it is different than eczema because eczema is a severe case of dermatitis.

Which cream is best for facial eczema?

Lotions and creams formulated to manage redness, itching, and flaking associated with eczema are best for the face. Happy Cappy Moisturizing Eczema cream is hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, paraben-free, and suitable for eczema-prone skin of all ages. It contains licorice root extract, which soothes the redness and itching. It helps restore the skin's protective layer and locks moisture.

How long does eczema last on the face?

Eczema on the face is similar to the one on the rest of the body, so it may take a few weeks or months to resolve with the help of treatment and care. But it is a chronic condition, so you may experience flare-ups again.

How often can I wash my face with atopic dermatitis?

Washing your face twice daily with a gentle, medicated cleanser is best for atopic dermatitis. Whenever you come from outside, it is advised to wash your face. Happy Cappy Daily Eczema Shampoo and Body Wash can be used as a facewash to manage eczema on the face. And remember to keep your face moisturized with an eczema cream.

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