Eczema can not be cured, but you can do many things to prevent it from reactivating. For facial eczema, wash your face gently using a cleansing facial cream or non-drying soaps, and use a moisturizing cream such as this one that is non-comedogenic and contains no oil, as well as makeup and hypoallergenic sunscreens.
The following tips can also help you:
- Avoid substances that irritate your skin. Aside from your own triggers, some of the things you can avoid are home cleaning products, skin soaps, detergents and scented lotions.
- Avoid exposure to hot water. Excessive exposure to hot water and abuse of cleansing soaps or creams can dry your skin so you can shower or bathe in warm water – not hot – and wear gloves if you have to submerge your hands in water for long periods of time. Make sure you dry your skin gently and conscientiously, and do it lightly, instead rub it with a rough towel, which would exacerbate the eczema. Likewise, you should know that it is not water that reacts to the skin but water not absorbed by the skin when it evaporates.
- Say yes to cotton. Garments made from rough fabrics, such as wool, can irritate your skin. Cotton garments are much better for the skin.
- Hydrate well! Applying a non-perfumed moisturizing cream, such as petroleum jelly, will prevent your skin from getting irritated and cracked.
- Do not scratch yourself as much as it upsets you. Although itching can be difficult to resist, scratching will worsen eczema and make it difficult to heal the skin. You could injure yourself and bacteria could enter your skin, causing infections.
- Stay cool. Sudden changes in temperature, sweating, or overheating may trigger eczema.
- Take your medicines. Follow the directions of your doctor or dermatologist and take the medication as instructed. A specialized eczema therapy cream is a great solution. Check out my recommendation here.
- Just relax. Stress can aggravate eczema, meaning you try to relax.