Ways to Cope With Eczema On Your Face, According to Dermatologists

'When my eczema isn't under control, it's very blotchy, sore, and I can't wear any makeup', Gray told her followers. She added that she hoped her photo would act as a reminder that things aren't always what they seem on social media. 'Eczema (or any insecurity) is such a small part of my life and I shouldn't allow it to control me', she wrote.

It can be difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of eczema, but experts believe environment and genetics both play a role. Something triggers the immune system and the result is that the protective barrier of the skin becomes dry, sensitive, and irritated. The problem isn't curable, but certain things can make the symptoms worse, whether an allergen such as dust, household products like soap or synthetic fibers, cold weather, or stress.

Experts say that soothing and concealing eczema on the face can be a challenge, since the skin on this area of the body is often very delicate. 'The most common areas for eczema on the face are the eyelids and the lips, given how thin and sensitive the skin is in these areas', explains Shilpi Khetarpal, MD, a dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic and clinical assistant professor of medicine at Case Western Reserve University.

If you experience an acute case of facial eczema, an over-the-counter topical steroid like 1% hydrocortisone may help relieve short-term itching and irritation. Just don't use it for longer than two days, and always avoid contact with the eyelids, warns Dr. Doyle.

To protect against future facial flare-ups, skip soaps, moisturizers, and laundry detergents that contain fragrances. Dr. Doyle recommends Vanicream Cleansing Bar for Sensitive Skin ($4, walgreens.com), a mild, fragrance-free cleanser that's ideal for people with sensitive skin.

The bottom line? 'Less is more', says Dr. Doyle. 'People often want to apply all kinds of things when they get these types of rashes on their face, but it's really best to use minimal, gentle products that rehydrate the skin so it can heal itself.'