Facial Eczema Treatment

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Facial Eczema

If you or a loved one is one of the millions of people suffering from eczema on your face, you probably feel very frustrated at each recurrence of the redness, pimple-like bumps, discoloration, inflammation, and sometimes oozing lesions.

When eczema occurs in the face and neck it can have a profound impact on every aspect of your life and you may become desperate for relief. This is easy to understand, you greet the world with your face and you may feel the world looks on you differently when you have a recurrence.

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Facial eczema, sometimes called excema, is very common in infants and young children. In fact, it is normally the first area affected in this type of atopic eczema.

These cases typically clear up by adolescence, but they can recur later in life.

However, it is the adult onset of eczema in the facial area that can be more severe, cause greater discomfort, and very negatively impact your quality of life. Fortunately, this type of facial eczema can be the most responsive to safe and natural treatments.

Some of the traditional medical treatments, like topical steroid creams, are not as effective on facial eczema as more natural methods. This is because eczema is a recurring condition that sometimes requires topical treatments to be applied for extended periods of time.

Facial skin is thinner and much more sensitive than most areas on your body. Extended use of topical treatments such as steroids can cause secondary reactions like acne and infections that will lengthen the healing process and probably leave embarrassing scars.

On the other hand, there are very good natural alternatives to treat eczema on face and neck areas. All natural treatments focus on the relief and prevention of physical discomfort and visible symptoms.

However, the most effective treatments also address the psychological and quality of life aspects of this condition. This is because a mind that is free of anxiety is a vital component to treatment.

Stress And Relaxation

Stress is often a major trigger for facial eczema on several levels. On a very basic level stress can caused increased oil production, acne, sweating, and other conditions that irritate existing eczema occurrences and can trigger new ones.

Eczema - StressAlso, stress is also associated with bad habits that trigger face eczema like “lip licking”. However, stress can have more serious effects.

Many times a single allergen does not create a flare up until it combines with another chemical in your system and you have an internal reaction. Stress releases toxins into your system which can easily react with an otherwise benign allergen.

This is why relaxation techniques are an important aspect of any facial eczema treatment. This can be as simple as reading your favorite book to distract you from stress related picking, scratching, and licking. It can also include massages and warm bathes to prevent the release of toxins in your system.

Also, relaxation exercises like yoga and stretching will help your body better withstand the negative effects of stress that can cause eczema.

Makeup, Cleansers And Lotions

Eczema - cosmeticsMakeup is an important part of everyday life and many people do not feel comfortable without it.

Some people believe that having eczema on the face means you cannot wear makeup and this lowers their quality of life.

However, for healing to take place it is important that the psychological discomfort of eczema be treated.

If wearing makeup makes you feel more normal, then makeup should be a part of your treatment.

Seek out makeup that is hypoallergenic, meaning they are less likely to cause an allergic reaction, even though they sometimes cost more. Also look for non-comedogenic makeup. This is makeup that does not clog the pores and helps your skin breathe.

When it comes time to take off the makeup and the rest of the day’s grime, there are good natural alternatives to harsh soaps that will help you treat eczema on face and neck areas.

For example, a boiled mixture of white oak, elm bark, and comfrey root will cleanse the skin but also greatly soothe the inflammation. There are other natural cleansers out there, but if you do not use this cleanser you should find one recommended by an eczema expert.

Also, follow the cleanser with a lotion that is zinc based to further soothe the irritation and even out your skin.


Diet and food preparation are also a key to treating eczema, especially in sensitive areas like your face. These treatments are based on balancing nutrients, vitamins, and minerals.

Also, they focus on foods and preparation techniques that keep your Ph and acid levels balanced. Many studies have shown that Ph levels can have a tremendous affect on the treatment of facial eczema.

Eczema ebookThere are many other techniques to naturally and effectively treat eczema on the face. If you want to understand the techniques mentioned here in more detail, and many other fantastic methods, turn to the ebook Eczema Free.

You will learn the techniques they used to control and even prevent facial and other forms of eczema, including diet, ointments, relaxation, and more.

You can use these techniques to keep your condition in check and take back your own quality of life.

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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

shai August 24, 2010 at 4:08 pm

i am 18 years old and i am suffering from severe facial eczema for over 3 years.i have tryed everything. i have payed alot to get some sort of treaments from private doctors abroad.but it is not helping.i give up now . i dont know what to do please can you help.?


CureForEczema Mom June 14, 2011 at 2:19 pm

I would suggest like the writer in this article says, to start looking at your intake of foods. I know for sure steroids and typical medicine does not work. I have a son who suffered from eczema. The ONLY way to cure it is by eating the right foods. It is a lifestyle change…No magic pill.

Be aware that just cutting sugars, processed foods and some dairy wont lead you to the results you want. I can suggest you use tea tree oil when you have outbreaks. Apply it on the rough skin NOT open bleeds.

I hope it helps…


San January 31, 2012 at 5:48 pm

I agree with most of what you said but ..tea tree oil stinks..and doesnt work…Ive tried it and it just smells bad….but it has good properties for killing certain microbes, fungus ect…


Jackson July 30, 2011 at 5:14 am

Hi, I have been suffering from facial eczema for a couple of months and I am 12 and have had eczema for as long as I can remember. But the facial eczema has only started lately. I think it was the benzyl alcohol in moov head lice soloution. Also this told me sweat also triggered it and a recent soccer game told me that it is true.

Any suggestions on what to do???


San January 31, 2012 at 5:44 pm

Ask your mom about trying an allergy medication for kids, my son is really allergic to grass, so maybe its a seasonal thing.


Annmarie September 25, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Hi. I have been suffering from eczema since I was a baby and had good and bad days, some worse than others and it really got me down 🙁 two months ago I was put back on lite treatment and it actually worked. I was so happy and thought ” yey it has finally worked and my skin is clear” .. sadly last week my face all broke out really bad and I have been using my moisturiser and other creams and nothing is working.. now its geting me really down again
Some one told me that hemp cream is mean to be very good has ne one tried it?


San January 31, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Hi Annmarie,
Iv had facial eczema for 20 years, what helps me when its really bad is to take a benedryl to stop the intense itching and apply aquaphor ointment (made by Eucerin), if possible take a 30-60 minute nap. If I cannot nap and have to go to work I apply Maybelline Instant Age rewind. This stuff is amazing! I get soothing relief from the burning and itching within minutes! and it hides the redness! Hope this helps.


owen October 18, 2011 at 7:32 pm

i am in my late forties and suffering from facial eczema for 8 years it appears every 6 weeks and lasts up to 2 weeks i think creams only suppress it and it has to run its course and i do not think anything triggers it mine is like clockwork and i know when it is about to appear


Linda - 11/30/11 November 30, 2011 at 4:54 am

Hi, I am 71 , for 4 months now the eczema has been rampant on my face and neck. I did have it when I was a child, but not until now has it returned. I have used the cortisone cream for 10 days as prescribed. But a week later it returned. So I will try the doctor one more time, wish me luck.


Stephan December 16, 2011 at 3:45 am

My mom is suffering from eczema but is worst on her hands. I don’t know if I will inherit from this but I know that I have really dry skin in the face as well as a dry scalp. It usually is worst during the winter. I’m 27 so I cross my fingers it doesn’t get worst.

I look at your article and I think that for me the biggest part might be the stress. I think it’s the root of many health problems.


Cecilia Alexandropoulos February 12, 2016 at 7:39 am

Typically eczema is not hereditary, neither one of my parents had eczema, but I do. I suggest that you just invest in a good moisturizer, or some coconut oil. Before I had eczema I used that like crazy and it was awesome.


Shaz December 20, 2011 at 12:40 pm

I only get this when I am really stressed or don’t get a few good nights of sleep, or I get overheated at night and it causes a flare up on my eyelids and round the mouth, plus I get chapped lips. It usually clears up by having a few days of enough relaxation in the evenings, drinking lots of water, eating lots of fresh fruit & veg and laughing. I find for me, Witch Hazel on cotton wool helps take down the soreness and the skin eventually smooths out so that it just becomes dry skin which can be moisturised. I also try and have lots of oily fish or omega-3 supplements which are good for the skin – this should be all the time, not just when it happens. Mine came up yesterday and you feel like you don’t want to face anyone!


Soybunny January 5, 2012 at 10:00 am

mine started up again. Under my eyes and on my cheeks, and around my chin. Also got a cold sore. I’ve been depressed and have been getting terrible sleep and not eating as healthy. Too many carbs and starch, not enough water. I started using an acne face wash called Oxy on a celloluse face sponge. Used a face moisturizer…
What always worked for me in the past was OLIVE OIL. it HEALS the eczema 100 percent. It does not clog pores! I need to invest in a bottle, sleep better, laugh more, eat healthy, take vitamin E…that always worked for me last summer. I also have sebbhoreic dermatitis on my scalp, which seemed to worsen this season. Used vinegar on my scalp and it feels better. Olive oil is the real winner, and daily exfoliation with a gentle celloluse sponge.


San January 31, 2012 at 5:56 pm

Soybunny, eczema is triggered by allergies too and if you eat alot of Soy, that might be triggering some of your break-outs, I agree with the too much sugar and carb thing. Food sensitivity is a real trigger for break-outs, my son when he was a baby had to be on a soyfree formula. 🙂


San January 31, 2012 at 5:32 pm

I believe those of us who suffer with eczema have some sort of food allergies. For years our family lived in an area where the climate was dry, (Colorado) and I only had it break out on the insides of my elbows. It was when we moved to the rainy, humid Northwest that my condition became worse and the break-outs went to my face. When I go back to visit family the facial eczema goes away! and doesnt return till I go back home.


San January 31, 2012 at 6:06 pm

Eczema, is triggered by food sensitivity ( and or allergies), stress, and climate changes. I manage my break-outs with Aquaphor ointment, an allergy pill (Benadryl or Zertec) and for instant soothing relief so I can face people in public ‘Maybelline Instant Age Rewind’ (Really! something in this stuff works to instantly sooth the burning and itching, and plus it hides it…find one to match your skin tone and try it !


cibby February 5, 2012 at 2:41 am

Ive had eczema on my cheeks for the last 5 years . I can now control breakouts and my skin is much better. From my experience , these are things you should avoid: long hot showers, contact to itchy woollen fabric, soaps, hot weather ,laundry detergents that are strong,humidity and stress ,certain foods and trying different fragrant products on skin. Just wipe your face with a cotton swab soaked with cool water at regular intervals and your skin should feel good.Always drink enough water and stay in a cool environment. If eczema is severe you may get food allergies because of it.


Gabriel April 14, 2012 at 7:40 pm

I have had eczema since at least the age of 3 and I am 32 now. My face in the last year has gotten to the point where most times I can not go outside. I have seen many doctors all who recommend the same type of steroids over and over. They clear me up and in weeks its back and sometimes worse.

I have found that since I am now eating healthier, no refined or processed foods, I cut my dairy, and am eating less meat, and no ‘white’ carbs; I not only feel better but my skin is also better in all areas. The eczema I have often hits hard in regions behind the knee, upper groin, and face, neck and chest. My arms suffer, I get weepy blister type of bumpies on my fingers, it is all very stressful. Working out and eating right, getting good sleep, and meditation has helped me more than doctors have in the many years I saw them. Sometimes a glass of wine dinner is just what the doctor ordered!


Sissy March 27, 2013 at 3:11 am

I was diagnosed a few months ago with Roscae. was prescribed antibiotic gel and it didn’t help. Ive now been diagnosed with eczema. I had this as a child and apparently has returned at the age of 50. My father recently passed so stress has been an issue. I’ve read what everybody has written and what I’ve gathered is : decrease stress, drink water, work out, avoid heat, quit eating processed foods, use better foundation that won’t clog facial pores, use benadryl and not take long hot showers. Have I got it ya’ll? If not, please tell me more. thanks (right now I look like a on fire freak without makeup)!


Amanda December 31, 2015 at 7:51 pm

Hi I’m 25 I have had lip eczema since 12 years old and face eczema since 20 years old. My Lip eczema being moderate and face eczema mild. However this year my face eczema began to flare up. I live in Miami which everyone should know very hot and humid. I should be very oily all year round but I’m just dry, generally in my t-zone. I smoked cigarettes from 16 years old to about 22 years old never thinking anything of it until this year when I experienced a bit of dermatitis and eventually scaling, redness, and itchy eczema. I cannot even wear makeup because it ends up flaking and falling off. For my lip eczema I was given from my dermatologist desonide for the swelling and also a lip balm from Dr. Dan corti balm, which has been like the smallest bit of heaven. Granted the scaling on my lips had not gone away they are always peeling although this has been the best relief I have received thus far. For my face eczema I have been using elidel for about 4 days now twice daily. What I like about this cream is that it’s not a steroid therefore it will not thin out my skin as it is already very thin and flakey. I also use the cetaphil moisturizer in combination with their facial wash when I’m very dry. As for my diet I have always eaten processed foods, spicy foods, and anything that was junk food. About 3 months ago I started dieting and eating fruits, veggies, and salads to reduce any allergic reactions or flare ups. I’m going to post back in a few days to advise everyone of my progress with elidel. God bless you guys!


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