Eczema is a very visible condition, eczema on the face is more noticeable and because of this can cause even more distress. In babies the cheeks are often the first place eczema will appear and children who have eczema will often be affected by eczema on their faces.
What can I do to manage it?
- using cold compresses
Taking the heat out of the eczema skin can help to relieve the itch and give immediate relief. To make a cold compress use a face washer and run it under cool water. Rest it on the face for a few minutes until it starts to feel warm, then take it off and run it under cool water again and repeat until the skin is cool and less itchy.
- applying a moisturising face mask
Putting the most amount of moisture back into eczema skin is so important in managing eczema well. Keeping eczema skin well moisturised locks hydration into the skin and also mixes with the skin’s natural protective barrier to stop triggers from causing irritation. We need to put the most amount moisture we can into the skin on the face, as well as the body. Using a natural oatmeal face mask as part of your eczema skin care routine will help to hydrate the skin and prepare it to absorb even more hydration from moisturising.
- managing hay fever
If your child has eczema, it is also likely that they might also have hay fever. Managing the symptoms of hayfever well can also mean that you can better manage eczema on the face. Eczema can affect the eyelids and having itchy, watery and scratchy eyes caused by hay fever, can further irritate and inflame the skin on the eyelids. Talk to your doctor if you think your child has hay fever.
What can cause eczema on the face?
Along with the general triggers for eczema such as heat and dry skin, products you use to wash your child’s face such as baby wipes can also trigger an eczema flare up. Over wiping their mouths can also cause the skin to dry out. Mixing lukewarm water with colloidal oatmeal, which has natural cleansing properties as well as being very moisturising, to wash their face can help to prevent and manage eczema here.
This blog post was brought to you and your bub with love and care by Julia and the itchy baby co. team x
Disclaimer: Information provided is of a general nature only and you should always consult your medical professional.