Post # 1
I wad diagnosed with severe Atopic and Seborrheic eczema when I was born. I was supposed to grow out of it but never did and have bounced from one skin care routine to another. The wedding stresses me out because I am really hesitant to hire a make-up artist. My make-up has to be specifically applied in order to avoid flaking and not many products don’t irritate my skin. I have gone to many artists that claim they aim for dry skin clients but I always end up looking caked on and flaky! I would almost rather wear no make-up! I can’t really exfoliate because it irritates my skin and causes acne….I am so frusterated and am ready to break down and cry! How am I supposed to look flawless why my forehead/nose/cheeks/ and eyebrows are peeling! If anyone can help with a routine/products that would be incredible!
Post # 3
oh no you get it on your face! I get it on my hands and have good days and bad days so Im no help with the face sorry
Post # 4
I’ve heard taking oatmeal baths really help soothe it, although I’ve never tried myself.
Just in case it sounds like I’m suggesting you bathe in porridge, I mean more like soaking in a warm (not hot) bath with a good handful of rolled oats.
Post # 5
@teaspoonBunny: I take epsom salt baths for body but need something more for my face…Do you know anything for facial care?
Post # 6
I assume you know how to apply make up in the specific way to avoid flaking. If make up artists usually get it wrong why not do it yourself. You can spend the money saved on good quality non irritating products. I would also say that in general women tend to be their own worst critics. No one will notice skin problems as much as you will. Once you’re in your dress with your hair done and you’re glowing with happiness I’m sure you’ll look beautiful.
Post # 7
I get sebopsoriasis on my face in the same places! For years I was told it was eczema – but it isn’t. Ihave good and bad days – elocon ointment and antroquil help me a little. I’m getting a makeup artist who airbrushes and it looks really good.
I feel for you – good luck! X
Post # 8
@aliciaspinnet: That is really what I needed to hear! Thank you, it is really embarrassing to wonder if your going to be flaking and peeling in your pictures but that was pretty reassuring.
Post # 9
Oh you poor love – I have severe eczema too (like I’ve been hospitalised with it twice) and I know the despair that comes with having it on your face. My face is now clear (and I am being straight up here, I’m sure you, like me, will have read a million times on forums “I’m now 100% clear!! All I had to do was give up eating all food and smear puréed nettles on my face!” – but my face is ACTUALLY CLEAR.
After a while I refused to use steroid creams on my face anymore so my dermatologist prescribed Protopic 0.1% (it’s tacrolimus ointment – not sure if it has a different name where you are) and though it can sting on other parts of the body, I found it very effective and non-stingy on the face. And you can safely use it on on eyelids etc as it doesn’t thin the skin. I’m aware there are some warnings that come with it in the US (they have been disregarded over here) but my doc pointed out that the incidence of side-effects was actually lower than in the general public, so take it as you will.
The other thing that I use (which I could literally kiss the doc for giving me) is an emollient called Cetraben (again – don’t know what you guys have in the US). I use it in the morning (it’s fine before make up, if you put it on about 15mins before and maybe give your face a quick buff with a soft towel/flannel before you start your make up) and at night (I use it to take my make up off) and now I don’t have to use othe Protopic anymore (only occasionally when I feel a dry/itchy patch, as a precaution).
So I used the Protopic to take the eczema away in the first place, and now use the Cetraben to maintain hydration and keep it away.
And for make up I use only mineral make up, put on in exactly the way they advise (buffing in lightly with a kabuki brush). I use a UK company called Lily Lolo, as their foundations aren’t too shiny and come in loads of colour options. It’s kind to eczema skin.
Anyway, sending you a lot of love as I’ve been there, I really have. Try the above and feel free to PM me for details/questions/support.
Post # 10
I’m currently on Accutane which is giving my eczema, and I looooove oatmeal.
Post # 11
@Miss Jackrabbit: Accutane ended up causing rashed but I will try the oatmeal!
Post # 12
@Payless: derpp. Hm. It’s relaly moisturising so maybe if the eczema really acts up you could try gently scrubbing a bit of oatmeal that’s been wet through on your face. Hope it helps!
Post # 13
One thing I have noticed; certain types of Shampoo give me horrible flare ups. You may want to try avoiding ones with sodium laurel sulfate And parabens. It makes a big difference for me. Kiel’s amino acid shampoo and yes to carrots have worked for me.
Post # 14
I don’t have eczema but I would highly recommend this product. I use other products from this company and they’re miraculous–I’m seriously obsessed! I can’t say enough good things about them.
Post # 15
@canuckandakiwi: I agree with this – Cleure does great shampoo and conditioner without sodium laurel sulphate and parabens. It’s so good I order it into the UK at great expense! There’s also a really good video about eczema that I saw in hospital. I’ll see if I can find it xx
Post # 16
@Payless: I know how you feel! I have no advice on eczema but I did have horrible acne for over 10 years, on my face of course (until I was put on Accutane – it caused an itchy rash but it went away after my dermatologist lowered the dose. Go figure!).
Anyway, over the years, I’ve gotten so good at hiding acne (and later acne scars) that people I’ve met in the past 7 or so years never realized I even had a skin problem but once I had my makeup profesionally done out of curiosity, I swear the foundation ended up looking thick, caked on and just plain horribble AND I could still see pretty much every single one of my acne scars.
Make up artists are, I’m sure, great for people with “normal skin” but most of them probably have little experience with people with skin difficulties. You know your skin best, you know how to apply makeup to achieve the best results and which products to use. Do you own makeup for the wedding! Like another bee said, once you’re wearing your dress and have your hair done and veil on, nobody will be looking at your skin. They will only see a beautiful, happy, glowing bride!
Btw, did you know Kate Middleton did her own makeup when she married Prince William? She was on every magazine cover imaginable and looked amazing! If she could do it, so can you! 🙂