Wearing Makeup and Eczema - Tips to Avoid Irritation.

Wearing Makeup and Eczema - Tips to Avoid Irritation.

Jennie Lyon

Is All Makeup Ruled out for Woman with Eczema?

When you suffer from eczema, what are the options when it comes to makeup? Is it possible to wear any makeup at all, or are all forms of makeup ruled out?

Unfortunately for eczema sufferers, no makeup is 100% safe to use on your skin, but there are some options that are better than others. Because makeup remains in contact with your skin all day, it really needs to be selected very carefully.

Choose Hypoallergenic

Seek out products that are designed specifically for people with sensitive skin, marked hypoallergenic. A product that works for one person 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 test the product with a small skin test to see if you’ll react before using the makeup all over your face.

Get to Know the Ingredients

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, but it can cause itching, redness, and swelling around the eyes for others.

Forget Fragrances

Most of the problems that people face when it comes to makeup reactions are because of fragrances. Choose products that are fragrance free or "without perfume".

Pay Attention to Preservatives

Makeup that includes water must always include preservatives, which are used to prevent fungal and bacterial growth. You may react to some preservatives but not others, so again trial and error is necessary.

Best Practices for Eye Makeup

The eyelids are the most sensitive area of the body. When choosing eye makeup, less is more, and lighter colors and matte finishes are also less irritating. Choose eye shadow, eyeliner, and mascara in lighter colors and avoid shiny makeup in lieu of a matte-finish. It’s a good idea to choose water-soluble cosmetics which can be removed more easily so that you won’t need to use much, if any, eye makeup remover which can in itself be irritating. Never share any cosmetics, but especially eye makeup, and replace it every 3-4 months.

Choose Fingers Over Brushes

It can be very hard to wash makeup brushes, sponges, and other applicators thoroughly and traces of bacteria and residuecan irritate your skin. Use your fingers over brushes, or if you do use applicators, be sure to wash them well and often.

Cream vs. Powder

Whenever possible, use creams (while being careful of the ingredients) over dry powders and crumbly makeup. The moisturizing effect of the cream will help your skin while dry skin is more likely to become irritated.

Generally, the best advice when it comes to makeup is to keep it simple. Less really is more. Try to find the minimum quantity of makeup that will give you the desired look that you want without caking your face with potentially irritating products. 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. We hope these tips help!