Eczema and Makeup – Best Practices
struggle with eczema but would still like to wear makeup, it’s important to
understand that the products that you use can affect your skin’s health. While
no makeup is guaranteed to be 100% non-irritating on your skin, there are some
options that are better than others.
Makeup is in contact with your skin all day, so it’s very important to be selective about the products that you choose. The first thing to be careful of is the ingredients. Learn to read ingredient labels and become familiar with those ingredients and how they interact with your skin.
Most of the problems that people face when it comes to makeup reactions are caused by fragrances. Always choose products that are fragrance free or "without perfume".
Always choose Hypoallergenic products; these are designed specifically for people with sensitive skin.
Glycerin and Shea Butter are generally good ingredients to look for. Glycerin is a moisturizing ingredient, is non-toxic and prevents dry skin. Shea Butter is also very moisturizing. Lanolin is a third skin conditioner that’s found in many cosmetics that is a good option for many people, however you should always be careful around the eye area.
Preservatives are included in makeup to prevent fungal and bacterial growth. However, you may react to some preservatives but not others. Trial and error is necessary for all makeup and skincare products. A product that works for one person with eczema might cause the next person to react, so some trial and error is usually necessary to uncover what products work for you. It’s best to read ingredient lists carefully, test products on a small patch of skin first, and if a product doesn’t work for you, stop using it immediately.
Whenever possible, use creams over dry powders. Dry powders can cause dry skin, which is more likely to become irritated. The moisturizing effect of the cream will be gentler on your skin and will better help to protect the skin barrier.
Because it can be very hard to wash makeup brushes, sponges, and other applicators thoroughly, traces of bacteria and residue often remain. This will definitely cause skin irritation, so it’s always best to use your clean fingers over brushes. If you do use applicators, be sure to wash them thoroughly and often.
Eye makeup remover can be irritating so it’s a good idea to choose water-soluble cosmetics; they can be removed more easily, so you can either use less makeup remover, or none at all.
Never share any cosmetics of any kind, but especially eye makeup. Replace your makeup every 3-4 months so that it’s fresh and free from bacterial growth.
Generally, “less is more” is the best advice when it comes to makeup. Keep it simple. Try to find the minimum amount of makeup that will give a natural look while keeping your eczema at bay.