• Products To Avoid If You Have Eczema

    on Mar 26th, 2018

If you have eczema, you know how difficult it can be to find products that won’t irritate your skin. Sometimes, knowing what to avoid can be as helpful as product recommendations.

Beware of scent

Any product that contains fragrance is liable to trigger your eczema. Synthetic fragrances are particularly problematic, but natural or organic products that contain scent may also aggravate your skin.

Look for products that are labeled “fragrance-free” and be wary of those that are “unscented.” Unscented products may have fragrance ingredients to neutralize the smell of other ingredients.  

Be cautious of preservatives

It’s good to know that the products you buy aren’t likely to have bacteria growing in them, but if the ingredients that prevent the bacteria cause inflammation on your sensitive skin, that isn’t good.

Ingredients like methylparaben and butylparaben are common preservatives in cosmetics and other products -- and they are not good for eczema. If possible, seek out products with more natural preservatives, like neem oil or grapefruit seed extract, which tend to be less irritating.

Note products that contain certain acids

Some products that are marketed as anti-aging creams, gels, masks, or serums contain what you might think of as “sloughing agents.” They cause some of your skin to dry out and peel away. The idea is that once your skin has healed, it will be fresh and new.

But, for people with eczema, who already have dry skin, these products make things worse. Even those that are advertised as ones that will not make your skin dry out and flake away can be bad for eczema prone skin.

Glycolic acid and salicylic acid are both likely to irritate your skin. You may also want to avoid anything containing alpha hydroxy acids and retinols.

Watch for foods that seem to be associated with eczema

Many people with eczema have food allergies. As many as one third of children with eczema also have food allergies, so experts know there is a possible association. The relationship between the two conditions is complex, and not fully understood.

The foods that are most often linked include:

Eggs are the most strongly associated, so if you are experiencing more outbreaks than usual or you can’t figure out what is triggering your rashes, you may want avoid eggs and see if that helps.

Washing—anything—can be problematic

Whether you are washing your hair, laundry, hands, or dishes, avoid soaps and detergents that contain fragrances or dyes. As with products designed for cosmetic use, choose soaps and detergents that are labeled fragrance-free rather than unscented.

Rinsing is especially important to help keep your skin from drying out. You may find running the rinse cycle on your washer twice is helpful.

Choose clothing carefully

Any scratchy material, such as wool, is going to be uncomfortable. Synthetic materials like nylon can also irritate your skin. Most of the time, cotton is going to be your best bet.

If you are struggling to find products that you can use comfortably and safely, you may want to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bushmore. He is happy to offer advice or suggestions that can help you avoid uncomfortable eczema flare-ups.


You Might Also Enjoy...

Feel Amazing in Your Body This Year with CoolSculpting

Are you ready to finally eliminate your stubborn belly fat? CoolSculpting® treatments are the ideal way to slim the natural contours of your body without surgery or downtime. Find out if this innovative treatment is right for you.

3 Interesting Facts About Microneedling

The popularity of microneedling is on the rise thanks to its rejuvenating effects on your skin. Learn more about how this innovative skin care treatment can reverse the signs of aging without surgery or downtime.

Refresh Your Face With Juvéderm®️

When wrinkles and creases in your face begin to age you, Juvéderm® dermal fillers can rejuvenate your skin for the long term without a single incision or one second of downtime. Find out which Juvéderm treatments are right for you.

Get Rid of Your Double Chin With Kybella

More than two-thirds of Americans are bothered by a double chin. Kybella is an injectable that virtually dissolves the fat under your jawline, leaving a sleek, contoured profile. Find out if Kybella is right for you.

3 Permanent Ways to Diminish Acne Scars

If you’ve entered adulthood still carrying some of the signs of your youth, namely acne scarring, we can help you hit the reset button with three different techniques that leave you with smooth, scar-free skin.

Ask us

Feel free to email us regarding any scheduling or general questions!

Follow Us
Hours