News / 28 May 2023

Managing Eczema with Makeup, Hair Removal, and Other Grooming Items

Living with eczema can be a challenge, especially when it comes to managing your appearance and grooming routines. Eczema, a chronic inflammatory skin condition, can cause dryness, redness, itching, and flaking, making it essential to choose skincare and grooming products carefully. In this blog post, we will explore how to effectively manage eczema while using makeup, hair removal techniques, shampoo, hair products, and other grooming items. By making informed choices and following a few helpful tips, you can minimise irritation and maintain healthy, beautiful skin.

Makeup for Eczema-Prone Skin

When you have eczema, it’s important to be mindful of the makeup products you use to avoid triggering flare-ups. Consider the following tips:

  1. Patch test: Always patch test new products on a small area of skin, such as the inside wrist, before applying them to your face. Look for makeup brands that offer hypoallergenic or non-comedogenic options suitable for sensitive skin. Ask for samples as you may need to try a few before you find products that work for you. Warning: Methylchloroisothiazolinone/methylisothiazolinone is a preservative found in cosmetic products. It is a well-known allergen and is capable of causing allergic contact dermatitis.
  2. Mineral makeup: opt for mineral-based makeup products that are free from potential irritants such as fragrances, dyes, and preservatives. These products are less likely to cause adverse reactions.
  3. Moisturise before applying: Begin by applying a gentle moisturiser to create a barrier between your skin and the makeup. Look for moisturisers that are fragrance-free, and specifically formulated for eczema skin. For more information about moisturisers, download our information Emollients, Moisturisers, Creams information sheet.
  4. Remove makeup gently: At the end of the day, remove your makeup using a gentle cleanser suitable for sensitive skin – or even use your moisturiser as a cleanser. Avoid harsh scrubbing or using abrasive makeup removers that can further irritate your skin.

Hair Removal Techniques for Eczema

Hair removal can be a tricky task for individuals with eczema-prone skin. Here are some suggestions to minimise irritation:

  1. Shaving: Individuals with eczema should exercise caution while shaving to avoid exacerbating their condition. Opting for an electric razor may not provide as close a shave as a wet razor, but it significantly reduces the risk of nicks and cuts to the skin. Some people discover that using a hair or beard trimmer set to a low setting is gentler on the skin compared to a traditional shaver. When engaging in wet shaving, it is advisable to use a sharp razor specifically designed for sensitive skin. Using razors that have been heavily used may cause friction and result in a stinging sensation on the skin. Applying a thin layer of moisturising cream before shaving is recommended, followed by an additional application afterwards to keep the skin hydrated. Shave slowly and in a downward direction with the hair growth. This is a gentler approach for our sensitive skin.
  2. Waxing: Waxing is often not tolerated well by people with eczema.
  3. Laser hair removal: Consult with a dermatologist or an experienced professional before considering laser hair removal. They can assess your skin condition and determine if it is a suitable option for you.

Shampoo and Hair Products for Eczema Scalp

Eczema can also affect the scalp, causing itching and flaking. Here’s how to manage it:

  1. Certain shampoos may contain additives like colours, fragrances, or soaps that can potentially exacerbate eczema symptoms. It is recommended to opt for shampoo specifically formulated for sensitive skin, free from any colours or fragrances that might aggravate eczema. Alternatively, you can use a non-soap cleanser to wash your hair instead of shampoo. To prevent shampoo from coming into contact with the skin, some individuals with eczema find it beneficial to wash their hair over the bath. If you do use such shampoos, it is crucial to rinse them off your skin promptly. Prolonged contact with these products can still worsen your eczema symptoms.
  2. Moisturise your scalp: Yes – you can use your moisturiser on your scalp.  It may be best to avoid the really greasy ointments and stick with the creams.
  3. Avoid hot water: When washing your hair, use lukewarm water instead of hot water, as hot water can further dry out your scalp.
  4. Test before use: Perform a patch test with a small amount of the product on your skin to check for any adverse reactions.

Managing eczema while using makeup, hair removal techniques, shampoo, hair products, and other grooming items requires extra care and consideration. By choosing products that are gentle, hypoallergenic, and suitable for sensitive skin, you can minimise irritation and keep your eczema under control. Remember to always patch test new products, moisturise your skin and scalp regularly, and consult with a dermatologist if you have specific concerns. With proper care, you can maintain your grooming routines while keeping your eczema symptoms in check, allowing your natural beauty to shine through.