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When I was a teenager, there were few beauty tips available for people with eczema. The most important piece of advice was to simply refrain from wearing makeup. I used to believe that having eczema and having a strong interest in beauty couldn’t coexist in a healthy way.
Through a lot of trial and error (and a few Facebook conversations with other beauty enthusiasts), I’ve learned that beauty and eczema don’t have to be mutually exclusive concepts.
I’m holding some makeup brushes and Epaderm
When my eczema was particularly bad in the past, I had to cancel plans with friends because going out in public made me feel uneasy. There were times when I couldn’t put on makeup, which made me feel very insecure about my appearance.
This permeated every aspect of my life, from my personal relationships to my professional obligations. I used to work in an optician’s practice on a busy high street, where I spent the majority of my time standing face to face with customers as I adjusted their eyewear. As a result, my skin condition was on full display, and some of the less polite patients would occasionally comment on it.
When I wore makeup, however, it frequently irritated or aggravated the eczema that already existed on my face, resulting in a less-than-desirable appearance.
Because I don’t want anyone else to suffer needlessly, I decided to share some of the best beauty tips I’ve learned for people with eczema.
Wet Wipes should be avoided
Wipes are not only bad for the environment, but they can also be bad for your skin, especially if you have a history of inflammatory skin conditions. When I finally stopped using makeup wipes on a regular basis, I noticed an immediate and dramatic improvement in the appearance of my skin.
All you need is Epaderm, coconut oil, and a headband
Instead, use a makeup remover and gentle cleansing products to remove your makeup. Coconut oil is an extremely effective makeup remover, and it can even dissolve waterproof mascara.
While in the shower, apply Epaderm
When my eczema is particularly bad, I need to do more than just apply cream every now and then. I need to be more aggressive in my approach. When it’s time for a shower or bath, I put away my scented products and instead use Epaderm as a body wash. This keeps the fragrances from overwhelming me.
I even apply it to my face, taking special care not to get it in my eyes. I’ll reapply it to the areas that need it once I’ve finished drying off. Even after the eczema patches have healed, I continue to moisturize my skin on a daily basis in the hopes of keeping it from drying out.
A heavy foundation should be avoided
Instead of foundation, my go-to product is a dewy-finish tinted moisturizer.
A full-coverage foundation is frequently drying. When you combine that with dry, scaly, flaky skin, you have a recipe for disaster. I’ve gained a lot of experience over the years when it comes to concealing my irritated skin with a heavy foundation. In its place, you should use a tinted moisturizer. Even if it adheres to the dry patches, it will not highlight them in the same way that a full coverage foundation would.
Dry areas should be primed with Epaderm
The chin, the sides of my nostrils, and the area under my eyes are usually the most affected by my eczema. These are the areas where I want to put on makeup. According to my research, applying a thin layer of Epaderm to dry areas helps prime them, and you can then apply light makeup to achieve an even complexion.
- Yours truly priming the dry skin around my nose with Epaderm.
- Epaderm is my go-to product for priming dry skin patches.
- Epaderm Can Help With Eczema Around the Eyes
I like to conceal the bags under my eyes even when I’m not wearing much makeup. The texture of my eczema can make me appear years older than I am. This is due to the fact that when makeup sits on dry skin, the texture of it can cause wrinkles on the skin’s surface.
To prevent this, I apply a very thin layer of Epaderm to my under-eye eczema (while being careful not to get any in my eyes) and then conceal it with concealer. Because eczema patches can become extremely dry, using an oily concealer may help maintain the area’s appearance of dewiness and freshness.
Always run test patches
Because of significant advancements in hair dye over the last few years, anyone can now change the appearance of their hair without having to leave the house. Unfortunately, some of the chemicals can act as a trigger for eczema in skin that is predisposed to the condition.
If you wash it off in the shower, this can cause outbreaks on your scalp, neck, ears, and back (if you wash it off in the shower). A patch test should always be performed before using a new dye or bleach. This will assist you in avoiding any large-scale negative reactions. Others prefer the skin behind their ears, while others prefer the skin on their forearms. Because I like to be certain, I use both of these locations for patch testing.
Try some Stick-On Nails
Despite the fact that having my nails done is one of my favorite things to do, I find myself having to forego it more often than not. Because I almost always have eczema on my hands, I have a lot of extremely small cuts where the skin has been broken. When it comes to painting my nails, this isn’t too difficult, but removing the nail polish is a real pain in the neck.
When your skin is broken, removing nail extensions with acetone can be a terrifying and agonizing experience. Unfortunately, even non-acetone nail polish removers can be painful and cause your skin to become dry.
According to my research, the only painless way to show off beautifully painted nails is to use false nails and adhere them to one’s natural nails with adhesive tabs. You won’t have to use any solvents to dissolve the nail glue or nail paint if you do it this way, but you’ll still have the chic and fashionable look of long nails. I buy a large bag of false nails and then separate them into different sets so that I can wear them correctly.
I begin by trimming, shaping, and filing the false nails before painting them and affixing them to a stand. When the set is ready to wear, I attach the nail art to my nail beds with a sticky tab, and then at the end of the night, I remove the nail art so that I can reuse it. It causes no discomfort, but I still get the desired results.
I hope some of these suggestions were useful to you, and if you have any more that you think I should be aware of, please let me know!