One thing I love about the shift from winter to spring is the idea of my dry, red eczema transforming into something totally incredible: normal skin. With today’s sunny and 80-degree forecast, I couldn’t help but stand in front of the mirror a little longer today, taking in what would be the last few days of itchy patches under my eyes and on my cheeks.
While the change in the weather may help my skin entirely on its own, it’s important for me, a girl who regularly wears what is considered “a lot” of makeup, to have a skincare routine that assists with getting rid of eczema on my face. After reading a few different articles around the web, I’ve found my perfect skincare routine that leaves my skin feeling… well… normal. #Blessed
1. A non-foamy makeup removal cleanser.
I’ve talked about Dr. Dennis Gross’ Skincare line in an earlier post on here. The All-in-One Facial Cleanser with Toner is the first step to my makeup removal routine. When you have eczema, you don’t want to use a foamy makeup removal cleanser, because it can dry out the skin even further. It may take some getting used to – it feels like you’re just rubbing cream all over your face – but it digs deep to remove all makeup while giving your skin some essential TLC, including witch hazel, chamomile, hyaluronic acid and vitamins A, C and E. Plus, a little toner never hurt anyone with eczema; especially those with uneven redness on the face.
2. An exfoliating facial pad with lactic acid.
Until I did a little research online, I had no idea that exfoliating skin can be beneficial for eczema. I was always under the impression that removing and irritating the area even further was a bad thing. Cue First Aid Beauty’s Facial Radiance Pads. After washing your face with a cleanser, use these pads all over your face and neck. Your skin will feel *smooooooth.* They remove the dead skin by exfoliating, but also provide lactic and glycolic acids to give your skin the nutrients it needs to heal. It also provides a bit more toner and brightening to even out the skin.
3. A non-scented eczema-specific moisturizer.
My go-to for a face moisturizer has ALWAYS been Melaleuca Renew Intensive Skin Therapy Lotion. It’s non-scented and made for those suffering from eczema’s symptoms of redness, itching, flaking and scaling. It feels great on your skin and provides a nice layer of moisturizer post-cleaning.
4. The final layer of intense repair hydration.
Overkill of any product is definitely NOT recommended for those with eczema. However, after applying moisturizer, I like to follow up with a thin layer of First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Intense Hydration Cream. It’s also non-scented and made to treat eczema. For me, it adds that extra layer that deeply penetrates the affected area of skin to ensure that you’ll wake up with soft, even, toned skin.
Everyone’s skin is different. I had to try out a ton of different product combinations and routines to find what works for me. Keep trying, and if all else fails, it doesn’t hurt to see a dermatologist. You may need a prescribed cream or medication for your eczema! Let me know what works for you in the comments below.