Expert-Approved Treatments for Eczema on Your Face (2022)

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Eczema anywhere on your body is a curse, buteczema on your faceis a special kind of hell. It can come on suddenly, take forever to go away, and make you look and feel like you've been punched, burned, rubbed with poison ivy, or all of the above. To the uninitiated, it's hard to explain how self-conscious facial eczema can make you—your face, after all, is what you're presenting to the world, and to lose control of how it looks and feels is miserable.

"There are a lot of different kinds of eczema," explains dermatologistMona Gohara, M.D., (opens in new tab)an associate clinical professor at Yale University, who namesatopic dermatitis, (opens in new tab)irritant contact dermatitis, (opens in new tab)andallergic contact dermatitis (opens in new tab)as just three examples. Each kind of eczema may benefit from a different treatment, which is why it's important to see your derm to work out a personalized plan if your eczema is severe, unexpected, or doesn't heal within a couple weeks.

Some people may benefit from steroids or prescription creams, likeEucrisa, while others may just need to change up their skincare routine. “All skin with eczema has a broken skin moisture barrier so I encourage my patients to look for thickermoisturizing creams (opens in new tab), balms, and ointments,” sharesDr. Dustin Portela, a board-certified dermatologist at Treasure Valley Dermatology. Dr. Portela suggests staying away from synthetic fragrances and oils to avoid further irritating of your already inflamed skin. Whether you're dealing with a flare-up, trying to avoid steroid creams, or just looking for something to calm your skin while you wait for this bout to pass, here are some tried-and-true drugstore eczema treatments we swear by.

Expert-Approved Treatments for Eczema on Your Face (1)The Ointment That Never Fails

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1. Aquaphor Healing Ointment

The original, and still the best. Aquaphor is a petroleum jelly–based ointment that the pros recommend slathering on your skin immediately after a shower or bath to lock in moisture. It won't leave irritated skin feeling even more irritated, and it'll provide a barrier between your skin and anything that might hurt it (the weather, pollutants, etc). I like using the kind developed specifically for babies—to me, it's the gentlest.

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2. La Roche-Posay Lipikar Balm AP+ Intense Repair Body Cream

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Eczema spreads—not between people, it isn’t chicken pox, but it can spread from your face to your body. If you’re skeptical about using a balm that works on your face and body, don’t worry, I was also looking at it weird. But the main ingredients of shea butter and niacinamide are safe and needed for any flare-ups on your body. “This product also has many clinical studies showing improvement in skin barrier and reduction of itch in patients with eczema,” says Dr. Portela.

Expert-Approved Treatments for Eczema on Your Face (3)The Cult-Favorite

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3. CeraVe Healing Ointment

Holy grail! Hero item! Cult favorite! The CeraVe Healing Ointment is all these things for its benefits in locking in the needed moisture on the skin’s barrier. Another favorite of Dr. Portela, he loves this ointment for its benefits towards “cracked and fissured skin.”

Expert-Approved Treatments for Eczema on Your Face (4)The Budget-Friendly Pick

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4. Good & Gather Organic Refined Coconut Oil

The coconut oil craze may have passed, but using a touch of it—just a touch!—is still a good trick for calming down your skin. You can use more of it on your body if you get flare-ups there, but just use a fingertip's worth for your face, focusing on the areas where your eczema is its worst. Bonus: It's less than $5.

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5. First Aid Ulta Repair Cream

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Last winter, when my eczema was at its worst, I would pop into Sephora, reach for a sample jar, and dab some of this on my skin if it was feeling particularly itchy. But it's actually worth stocking up on the super-effective product. You wouldn't be alone—as Allure points out, a tub of Ultra Repair Cream is literally sold every minute.

Expert-Approved Treatments for Eczema on Your Face (6)The Anti-Chafing

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6. Pipette Baby Cream to Powder

If it's good enough for the gentle and sensitive skin of babies, it's definitely good enough for eczema flare-ups. The National Eczema Association literally says so. The cream formula makes for easy application that transforms into a powder that is talc-free (thank you, Pipette).

Expert-Approved Treatments for Eczema on Your Face (7)The European Drugstore Staple

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7. E45 Liquid Paraffin

In the U.K., where I grew up, you put E45 on everything—diaper rash, a scrape, a burn, dry skin. It's a little heavier than Aquaphor and Vaseline (and it goes on white, rather than clear, which can be frustrating), but it's great for mild flare-ups. You don't have to make a transatlantic trip to get it, either; it's available on Amazon.

The Lip Staple

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8. Eczema Honey Gentle Lip Balm

Eczema Honey is a line developed specifically for eczema sufferers, with a single, gentle product for each issue—one soap, one body cream, one bath bomb, and so on—and this lip balm does the job. You can use whether you get eczema on your lips or not, whether you're flaring up or not—and it smells great, too.

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Expert-Approved Treatments for Eczema on Your Face (9)The Flare-Up Fixer

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9. Cortizone 10 Intensive Healing Lotion

This one isn't for the faint of heart, but if you want to steer clear of steroid or prescription creams, try this during a flare-up—it's for that moment that you can't bear to itch anymore, but you also know that steroid creams won't work for your skin.

Expert-Approved Treatments for Eczema on Your Face (10)The Aquaphor Alternative

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10. Vaseline White Petroleum

"I love Vaseline," says Dr. Gohara. "Especially around the eyes, where facial eczema can be very prevalent." While Aquaphor is part petroleum jelly, part other ointments and oils, Vaseline is just pure petroleum jelly. (Again, if your skin is super-sensitive, go for the baby-friendly variety—the gentler, the better.) Vaseline goes on heavier than Aquaphor, since the latter is more easily absorbed by your skin, and it's more of a protectant than a treatment. I've found Aquaphor works better for my eczema, but other sufferers swear by Vaseline, so it may be useful to experiment with both.

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11. Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream

This Eight Hour Cream is legendary in skincare circles. While not developed for eczema specifically, I've found that a tiny amount of this goes a long way toward treating my issues—it's thicker and stickier than most of the others on this list, but it also sits more comfortably on my sensitive skin than any other premium skincare product. In particular, if you get eczema on your lips (or have dry, cracked lips generally), this is perfect—make sure you get the fragrance-free kind.

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12. CeraVe Moisturizing Cream

When it comes to a one-size-fits-all skincare lines for eczema-prone skin—as opposed to using different brands for cleansing, moisturizing, toning, etc.—CeraVe is widely considered the best. It's gentle, well-established in the industry, and offers a range of products, from cleanser to hand cream to eye cream, that you can use without worrying about new ingredients upsetting your skin.

Expert-Approved Treatments for Eczema on Your Face (13)The Derm-Recommended Face Soap

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13. Dove Beauty Bar

"This is mild and moisturizing," says Dr. Gohara, who adds that Dove is her go-to cleanser recommendation for patients with eczema. (Pro tip: Get the unscented kind.)

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14. Eau Thermale Avène Cicalfate+ Restorative Protective Cream

So, miracle upon miracle, your eczema is gone. Hooray! But you know that one patch of dry skin that isn't well-moisturized can kick-start the whole cycle again. Don't fret: This moisturizer, the best I've tried in its field, will keep your skin hydrated for hours at a time. Unlike Aquaphor and Vaseline, which can result in skin shinier than the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz, this cream will go on light and leave you glowing (in the good way).

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FAQs

What is best to use for eczema on face? ›

Skin Care for Facial Eczema

The best way to keep your skin from drying out is with thick creams (Cetaphil, Eucerin) and ointments (Aquaphor, Vaseline), not with thinner lotions. The best time to do this is right after you wash your face. If ointments are too greasy for your face, try using them only at night.

What do dermatologists prescribe for eczema on face? ›

Our dermatologists recommend and prescribe a topical corticosteroid based on your age, the location and surface area of a rash, and the severity of symptoms. Topical corticosteroids are applied directly to the affected areas of skin once or twice a day, depending on the type of corticosteroid prescribed.

What clears eczema up fast? ›

Corticosteroid creams, solutions, gels, foams, and ointments. These treatments, made with hydrocortisone steroids, can quickly relieve itching and reduce inflammation. They come in different strengths, from mild over-the-counter (OTC) treatments to stronger prescription medicines.

What is the very best treatment for eczema? ›

The main treatments for atopic eczema are: emollients (moisturisers) – used every day to stop the skin becoming dry. topical corticosteroids – creams and ointments used to reduce swelling and redness during flare-ups.

Why am I getting eczema on my face? ›

Causes & triggers

Different things can trigger atopic dermatitis, such as genetics, in which case a family history of eczema is a risk factor. Irritants and allergens may also play a role, so you might develop dermatitis on the face if you have food allergies or hay fever.

What causes eczema flare up on face? ›

Climate factors, including: the change in season, extreme heat, extreme cold, dry weather or humid weather. Altitude can also trigger an eczema flare up. Other factors can include prolonged exposure to hot water, chlorine, salt water, skin yeast and overgrown Staph bacteria.

How much vitamin D should I take for eczema? ›

In another study with 30 participants, all of those taking 1,600 IU of vitamin D daily showed significant improvement in their eczema. Keep in mind, however, that too much vitamin D can be dangerous, so stick to doses recommended by your healthcare provider or as outlined by Dr.

What is the new pill for eczema? ›

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Dupixent (dupilumab) injection to treat adults with moderate-to-severe eczema (atopic dermatitis). Dupixent is intended for patients whose eczema is not controlled adequately by topical therapies, or those for whom topical therapies are not advisable.

How do you treat eczema without steroids? ›

Can eczema be treated without steroids?
  1. regularly moisturizing your skin.
  2. avoiding known eczema triggers.
  3. bathing in water that's lukewarm, not hot.
  4. wet wrap therapy.
  5. finding fragrance-free alternatives to harsh skin and body products.
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What is root cause of eczema? ›

The exact cause of eczema is unknown. It is caused due to an overactive immune system that responds aggressively when exposed to triggers. Certain conditions such as asthma are seen in many patients with eczema. There are different types of eczema, and they tend to have different triggers.

What foods make eczema worse? ›

Some common foods that may trigger an eczema flare-up and could be removed from a diet include:
  • citrus fruits.
  • dairy.
  • eggs.
  • gluten or wheat.
  • soy.
  • spices, such as vanilla, cloves, and cinnamon.
  • tomatoes.
  • some types of nuts.

How I healed my eczema naturally? ›

Top 12 natural remedies for eczema
  1. Aloe vera gel.
  2. Apple cider vinegar.
  3. Bleach baths.
  4. Colloidal oatmeal.
  5. Baths.
  6. Coconut oil.
  7. Honey.
  8. Tea tree oil.

How do I get rid of eczema forever? ›

There is no permanent cure for eczema, but certain lifestyle changes and treatments may ease itching and prevent future breakouts.

What kind of soap is good for eczema? ›

Some products that have endorsement from the National Eczema Association (NEA) include: Cetaphil PRO Gentle Body Wash. CLn BodyWash. Cerave Soothing Body Wash.

Does sugar cause eczema? ›

Foods high in sugar may also trigger eczema flare-ups. Sugar causes your insulin levels to spike, which can result in inflammation.

What causes eczema in older adults? ›

Dry skin and eczema in older people is often due to physiological ageing. Skin structure changes with age and intrinsic skin changes include a reduction in epidermal cell replacement and collagen formation. This results in wrinkles and thin fragile skin, susceptible to breakdown and ulceration.

Does Vaseline help eczema? ›

Petroleum jelly is well tolerated and works well for sensitive skin, which makes it an ideal treatment for eczema flare-ups. Unlike some products that can sting and cause discomfort, petroleum jelly has moisturizing and soothing properties that alleviate irritation, redness, and discomfort.

How long does facial eczema last? ›

For most people, eczema is a lifelong condition that consists of occasional flare-ups. Once treated, it can take several weeks for rashes to clear up. Since these rashes develop from negative immune reactions, there's also a risk that more flare-ups will occur unless you reduce your exposure to triggers.

Is Aloe Vera good for eczema on face? ›

Can aloe vera gel help treat eczema? Aloe vera is a natural moisturizer. Many people find that aloe vera gel can hydrate and soothe eczema-damaged skin. Individuals often turn to natural remedies, such as aloe vera gel, to soothe patches of eczema.

Does eczema get worse with age? ›

Skin becomes drier as we get older, which can lead to roughness, scaling and itchiness. In women at menopause, as oestrogen levels decline, changes in the skin are observed that make the skin more prone to eczema.

What vitamin Am I lacking if I have eczema? ›

Vitamin A is important for the creation and repair of skin cells. It also helps fight inflammation due to certain skin issues ( 3 ). Not getting enough vitamin A may be to blame for the development of eczema and other skin problems ( 4 ). Eczema is a condition that causes dry, itchy and inflamed skin.

Is b12 good for eczema? ›

Topical vitamin B(12) is thought to decrease the symptoms involved in eczema through reducing nitric oxide production.

Can lack of vitamin D make eczema worse? ›

Recently eczema phenotypes have also been found to be associated with multiple vitamin D pathway genes [23]. Thus, vitamin D deficiency is a strong candidate in the rising predisposition to eczema.

Are there shots for eczema? ›

Dupixent (dupilumab) was the first injectable medication approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treating moderate to severe atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema, for those six years and older. It is injected subcutaneously in the thigh or lower abdomen every two weeks.

Can you put Opzelura on your face? ›

Apply OPZELURA directly to the affected areas of the skin. Can be applied on any areas where you have eczema, even sensitive ones like the face.

Can caffeine cause eczema flare up? ›

There is very limited evidence to suggest that your morning coffee habit may cause your eczema symptoms to flare or get worse. A study from 2003 noted coffee as one of the foods that can trigger eczema, though this research is older and more studies on the topic are needed to confirm this conclusion.

Does apple cider vinegar work on eczema? ›

Managing inflammation and infection

Further lines of research suggest that apple cider vinegar can reduce inflammation and infection . Applying it to the skin, therefore, may reduce eczema-related swelling and help prevent broken skin from becoming infected.

What foods help eczema? ›

Anti-inflammatory diet for eczema

Anti-inflammatory diets limit dairy, whole grains, red meat, flour and sugar, but emphasize vegetables and fish. In fact, going vegan (or keeping nearly a fully plant-based diet) is also a good route to take.

Is eczema linked to gut health? ›

Is eczema linked to gut health? Yes — research suggests that eczema and gut health are linked. The body contains many species of microorganisms, including bacteria, fungi, and viruses. These organisms have different effects on human health.

What emotions cause eczema? ›

The brain-skin connection

Conversely, anger, depression, anxiety and low self-esteem can all be psychological effects of eczema. Stress leads to skin disease, and having a skin disease is very stressful, so the whole cycle between stress and skin disease is perpetuating.

Is eczema a liver issue? ›

In almost all cases, eczema and other skin conditions such as rosacea and psoriasis - which is an autoimmune skin condition, could be linked to systemic inflammation, poor gut health or compromised liver function.

Are bananas good for eczema? ›

Potassium high foods: Bananas, avocados, acorn squash, sweet potatoes, white beans, and salmon. Potassium is another inflammation-fighting food that can help reduce eczema symptoms.

Is chocolate good for eczema? ›

Flavanols in dark chocolate help reduce inflammation, help with skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema, and keep the skin looking youthful.

Is yogurt good for eczema? ›

While dairy can aggravate symptoms of eczema for some people, a 2019 study has shown that some types of fermented dairy can actually help eczema. Fermented dairy, such as yogurt, is an important source of probiotics, which can treat eczema by improving the gut and skin microbiome.

Is eczema an autoimmune disease? ›

For the first time, a team led by researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has proven that atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema, is an immune-driven (autoimmune) disease at the molecular level.

Is Dove soap good for eczema? ›

Dove Pure and sensitive Beauty bar

It is suitable for mild eczema and sensitive skin as it gently removes the dirt and make up without drying out your skin. This is rated as one of the best soaps for Eczema as well. Dove also has a series of soothing body washes suitable for eczema.

Is aquaphor good for eczema on face? ›

For dry rashes that occur on the face, such as those eczema and certain kinds of psoriasis cause, including during pregnancy, Aquaphor may provide some moisturizing relief. It can also help heal other types of rashes, such as those caused by poison ivy or insect bites.

What is better for eczema cream or lotion? ›

Creams often contain additives that can irritate your skin or cause allergic reactions in some people. Lotions are mostly made of water and have the lowest amount of oil. They don't usually work well for people with eczema. They evaporate quickly and may have ingredients that bother your skin.

Should you cover eczema or let it breathe? ›

Are there any possible side effects? Wet wrapping to treat moderate to severe eczema is generally well tolerated. However, there are a few potential risks and side effects to consider. Covering the skin increases the potency of topical treatments, which may make them more effective.

Does eczema go away with age? ›

Do children outgrow eczema? For some children, eczema starts to go away by age 4. However, some children may continue to have dry, sensitive skin as they grow up. It is hard to predict which children will outgrow the condition and which ones will have eczema as adults.

Is the sun good for eczema? ›

Some people find that their eczema improves with exposure to sunlight (this is particularly true of the contact and discoid types), while others experience a worsening of their condition. Rarely, eczema is directly caused by exposure to ultraviolet light (sunlight).

What should I wash my face with if I have eczema? ›

“I recommend gentle, hydrating washes that cleanse without compromising the skin barrier,” says Zeichner. If you have dry or normal skin, just splash your face with water. Use your eczema treatment products, which may include a moisturizer and topical relief cream.

What soap is good for eczema on face? ›

Here are some products recommended by the National Eczema Association (NEA): Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Hydrating Cleanser. CLn Facial Cleanser. CLn BodyWash.

Is Johnson baby soap good for eczema? ›

This eczema therapy soap is approved by the National Eczema Association. Johnson's® Baby Bedtime Bath: The iconic baby soap and shampoo brand make a lavender-scented soap that contains Natural Calm essences that are designed to soothe and relax the baby into a great night of sleep.

Should you wash your face if you have eczema? ›

“I recommend gentle, hydrating washes that cleanse without compromising the skin barrier,” says Zeichner. If you have dry or normal skin, just splash your face with water. Use your eczema treatment products, which may include a moisturizer and topical relief cream.

Can you put eczema cream on your face? ›

Over-the-Counter (OTC) Hydrocortisone

Topical steroids are common treatments for eczema of the body. But for delicate facial skin, you must use them with care. Healthcare providers often prefer OTC 1% hydrocortisone cream, as it poses less risk of thinning the skin and changes to skin color than more potent creams.

Does Vaseline help eczema? ›

Petroleum jelly is well tolerated and works well for sensitive skin, which makes it an ideal treatment for eczema flare-ups. Unlike some products that can sting and cause discomfort, petroleum jelly has moisturizing and soothing properties that alleviate irritation, redness, and discomfort.

What is the new medicine for eczema? ›

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Dupixent (dupilumab) injection to treat adults with moderate-to-severe eczema (atopic dermatitis). Dupixent is intended for patients whose eczema is not controlled adequately by topical therapies, or those for whom topical therapies are not advisable.

Is it better to keep eczema dry or moist? ›

When you have eczema or atopic dermatitis, it's key to use a moisturizer. Dry skin can often make eczema worse. Moisturizers lock in water and create a barrier against things that can irritate your skin.

What soap is good for eczema on face? ›

Here are some products recommended by the National Eczema Association (NEA): Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Hydrating Cleanser. CLn Facial Cleanser. CLn BodyWash.

Does apple cider vinegar work on eczema? ›

Managing inflammation and infection

Further lines of research suggest that apple cider vinegar can reduce inflammation and infection . Applying it to the skin, therefore, may reduce eczema-related swelling and help prevent broken skin from becoming infected.

Which serum is best for eczema? ›

Here are the best editor and dermatologist-approved moisturizers to fight eczema:
  • Nécessaire The Body Lotion. ...
  • buttah. ...
  • La Roche-Posay Lipikar Repair Lotion. ...
  • Eczema Honey Skin-Soothing Cream. ...
  • Mustela Stelatopia Balm. ...
  • Beneath Your Mask Heal Whipped Skin Soufflé ...
  • CeraVe Soothing Creamy Oil. ...
  • Aveeno Eczema Therapy Cream.
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Can you put hydrocortisone on your face for eczema? ›

Never put hydrocortisone on your face unless your doctor says it's OK and has given you a prescription for it. It can make some skin problems worse like impetigo, rosacea and acne.

What foods to avoid if you have eczema? ›

Some common foods that may trigger an eczema flare-up and could be removed from a diet include:
  • citrus fruits.
  • dairy.
  • eggs.
  • gluten or wheat.
  • soy.
  • spices, such as vanilla, cloves, and cinnamon.
  • tomatoes.
  • some types of nuts.

How can I prevent eczema on my face? ›

Use a moisturizer

Keeping your skin moisturized helps its ability to protect you from allergens, chemicals, and microbes that can cause irritation and infections. You can moisturize your skin by applying a fragrance-free cream or ointment with minimal preservatives to areas of your face with eczema patches.

What triggers eczema? ›

Eczema triggers

Common triggers include: irritants – such as soaps and detergents, including shampoo, washing-up liquid and bubble bath. environmental factors or allergens – such as cold and dry weather, dampness, and more specific things such as house dust mites, pet fur, pollen and moulds.

Is aloe vera good for eczema? ›

Aloe vera is a natural moisturizer. Many people find that aloe vera gel can hydrate and soothe eczema-damaged skin. Individuals often turn to natural remedies, such as aloe vera gel, to soothe patches of eczema. Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is a condition that causes patches of skin to become itchy and irritated.

Does Benadryl help eczema? ›

Although there are many treatments for eczema, you might wonder whether over-the-counter (OTC) options such as Benadryl can help. Although Benadryl is helpful for allergies and itchy skin from hives or bug bites, it is not recommended for eczema and is ineffective for treating it.

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