Cosmetic Treatments and Eczema: Good or Bad Idea?

Cosmetic Treatments and Eczema: Good or Bad Idea?

Jennie Lyon

Generally, bad idea. But let’s take a look!

Cosmetic surgery and other aesthetic treatments have come a long way in the last 20 years. Non-surgical procedures have become very popular, offering non-invasive ways to achieve similar results to traditional cosmetic surgery. These non-surgical treatments can include many skin treatments, such as Laser Skin Rejuvenation, Chemical Peels, Intense Pulsed Light Therapy, and the ever popular Botox.

Medical spa treatments have also become very popular, with very advanced facials, microneedling, dermaplaning, and many other skin treatments. Some of these can deliver great results (minimizing wrinkles, fading age spots and acne scars, restoring skin tone), depending on your skin type. The big question is, would any of these treatments be beneficial to someone with eczema-prone skin?

First off, we are going to assume that you, an eczema adult, would be the one going in for treatment. After all, it’s highly doubtful that you would be sending in your eczema child for a full service facial, no matter how moisturizing it is.

Some treatments, such as microneedling and dermaplaning, use physical means to inflict intentional injuries to the skin to stimulate collagen development. Other treatments, such as laser surgery or chemical peels, use chemicals or light energy to do the same. Either way, your skin is going to be red and sore after the procedure is over. If you are in the middle of an eczema flare up, we would highly recommend against have that area of the skin treated in any way. 

Treatment would just further irritate the skin, not to mention possibly be very painful, both during and after the procedure. If you find that one of your eczema triggers is when you suffer a skin injury (sunburn, scratch, etc.), then a widespread treatment could cause a widespread flare up post-treatment. Although physical and light-based methods of cosmetic skin repair don’t use any substances that could be eczema triggers, chemical peels (it’s right there in the name) sure do. If you have a sensitivity to the acid used in the peel, it could cause a flare up wherever your skin came into contact with it.

You might expect facials, especially medical grade facials, to be beneficial to the skin of an eczema sufferer. After all, a facial is all about moisturizing the skin. The issue here is that you can’t be sure if the ingredients in the moisturizers and other substances used during the facial are completely eczema-friendly. When you suffer from eczema, and especially when applying Wet Wrap Therapy with an Eczema Wrap, it’s vital that you use an eczema-safe ointment you can be sure won’t irritate your skin. If your particular medical spa can guarantee that all of their moisturizing serums are eczema-safe, then absolutely, go get a facial!

Every now and then, you read in the paper something about someone who is using Botox to help control their eczema. Although we haven’t done any studies or have tried this firsthand, we are incredibly skeptical. Botox works by injecting a tiny, safe amount of a neurotoxin into the twitch muscles of the face. Once these muscles are paralyzed, the wrinkles above them start to smooth out. The treatment doesn’t really do ANYTHING to the skin, the reduced wrinkles are more of a byproduct. So, we would not recommend getting Botox for your eczema.

Like we said above, we have absolutely no judgement about cosmetic surgery or non-invasive procedures. For many people, they can do wonderful things. The issue here is that eczema-prone skin is different than healthy skin. A minor skin irritation for someone with normal skin could result in a painful and nasty flare up for an eczema child or adult. If you do decide to go in for cosmetic procedures, make sure that you consult fully with your doctor, and perhaps do a search online to try to find a provider that has experience with eczema and other skin conditions.

Please remember information on our blog is not meant to be medical advice or designed to replace a physician’s judgement for treatment. Always consult your doctor about your medical conditions. AD RescueWear does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.