(Closed) Eczema and Makeup Ideas

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I am so sorry that is horrible!

I have eczema on my leg and my brother has it in the same place as you around his eyes – I just couldn’t imagine how irritating that would be!

I don’t have any make-up suggestions but I know that if I am religious with putting on my corticosteroid cream the eczema can look very very minimal – have you had any success with treatments?

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I have eczema as well and sometimes it will creep up on my face and hang out around my eyes.  To keep it under control I use regular old hydrocortisone day to day, and if it gets real bad I will get a steroid pack from the doctor.  The thing about the steroid packs are that you can only take them every 3 months.  That is the medicine side, now for the makeup side.

I use talc free makeup.  It is called Physician’s Formula.  I RARELY wear make-up, but when I do that is the stuff that I use.  I like it becuase there is no talc to iritate the eczema.  Hope that helps. Good luck!

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I’ve had eczema on my eyelids for years. It’s nice to know I’m not alone! I agree with the PPs that keeping up with the hydrocortisone treatments keeps things manageable. I’ve had a lot of luck with Laura Mercier makeup, but different people are allergic to different things, so it might not work for everyone. I use the Undercover concealer pot to even out the color and texture around my eyes, and I blend it in with the tinted moisturizer I use every day. 

Since hydrocortisone can thin out (and sometimes even bleach) the skin around my eyes, I try to use it sparingly, and if I don’t have any flare ups, I just use a super emollient hypoallergenic eye cream to keep things under control. 

Post # 8
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I had horrible excema on my face, skin peeling off around the eyes, skin peeling all around my face.  The upside is that I had new skin every couple of days, but it would keep cycling through peeling, new skin, peeling.  It was horribly itchy and uncomfortable.  Not sure if this will help you, but after trying a few doctors, I finally found one who prescribed minocycline for me.  He said it was generally used for acne which worried me since I didn’t need anymore drying of the face, but it could work for my excema too.  Amazingly enough, within a couple of days, my face was dramatically better.  Maybe this will help you too.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’m so glad to find a post on eczema, which I’m worried will interfere with the way I look on my wedding day. I’ve had it all my life — and the area above my eyes is the worst! I’ve learned to control it by using some low dosage steroid cream from my allergist, but only when the flareup is bad b/c you can actually develop a tolerance for it. I also find that the more I touch the area with my hands, the more it itches. For dryness, I use Aquaphor. Good luck and I’m eager to learn how other brides cope with eczema…I’m interested in minocycline.

Post # 10
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I am suffering with eczema on my eyelids too for about a year now.  Luckily, I managed to keep in under control right before my wedding last summer (with hydrocortisone as well), however, it seems to be flaring up again as winter comes around.  Now I have been noticing that any eye makeup that I put on will cause it to instantly flare up, which is a much more severe reaction than I had last year.  I am upset that I haven’t been able to wear eye makeup for several months, so now I want to find alternatives to treating eczema without hydrocortisone!  I’ve been reading how eczema is an immune response issue, and I strongly believe that you can strengthen your immunity through proper diet.  Minimize stress, and fill your plates with fruits and vegetables!

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

BL—I have had eczema for over 30 years, and tried just about every prescription and non-prescription lotion there is.  As a bonus, I now live in Colorado, land of aridness.  The face cream that is currently working really really well for me is Aveda Tourmaline Charged Hydrating Creme.  I actually found it when an Aveda makeup artist was doing my makeup trial.  It has been working great so far, and I had great luck with the Aveda makeup for my wedding, too.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

another lifetime eczema sufferer here from head to toe – my best advice to you is to get thee to an allergist STAT. the main thing is while yes eczema is triggered by things like normal irritants and things like fabrics and lotions, but you might also be allergic to something you use everday that might be aggrivating it. i now know that my allergy to soy and corn actually makes me break out more often, so i avoid it now and its easier to keep it under control.

good luck – eucerin after a shower is the best thing ever for keeping my skin moist and itch free. i reapply all the time, but its something.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Logging back in to second Spaganya.  I forgot this bit (so it wasn’t painful, ha ha), but I did a patch test earlier this year, with my dermatologist.  This is not like a normal allergy test, where they have to scratch or inject you to see what reacts.  It’s totally painless–they put 25-50 small disks on your back, and cover it with tape.  You can’t shower for 3 days (so I did it over a weekend).  Let’s see, you wait 3 days, then they take off the discs (which have potential irritants on them) and see what has reacted, then wait another day or two, and they see which reactions have gone away once the irritant is removed.  They found less irritants for me than expected, but the biggie was formaldehyde—which as it turns out, is used in darn near every cosmetic/lotion as a preservative.  As Spaganya said, something you use everyday could be causing a low-grade irritation without you even knowing it.  The test was covered by my insurance, too, I just had to do the office co-pay (3 times–to put on/to takeoff and check/and to check again).

Good luck!

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I have eczema on and off and have had it for several years now. I get it on my arms mostly and usually when I am stressed out. I use a cream called Fluticasone Propionate (sp?) if you tell your doctor he will know what you are talking about. It works REALLY well but I have no idea about putting in on your face/around your eyes. At one point my doctor put me on prednisone which makes the eczema go away really quickly but it dries out your skin and it makes you VERY sensitive to the sun. You can only be on it for a short period at a time. I am allergic to dyes and scents but depending on what you are allergic to is what you will look for in a makeup. Make sure you wash your clothes with free and clear detergent. This might help. Also, drink a lot of water it will keep more moisture in your skin. SOrry I cant help in terms of makeup….you might just want to steer clear for a little while until your eczema goes away

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