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    What works best to cover up red, dry patches?

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    What works best to cover up red, dry patches?

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    Go green! Although it might sound odd, green-tinted concealer hides redness. Look for a creamy formula that adds moisture, too. Then use a flesh-tone concealer to hide the green tint. Set your makeup with a translucent powder. Skin with eczema is sensitive and makeup may irritate it. Be sure to ask your doctor before wearing makeup.

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    "Fragrance-free" and "unscented" beauty products are better when you have eczema.

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    "Fragrance-free" and "unscented" beauty products are better when you have eczema.

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    Creams and other beauty products labeled "fragrance-free" might be less likely to irritate your skin because they may have smaller amounts of perfume. But even though most products with these labels say they don't have any perfumes or odors, there's no way to tell for sure what will bother your skin.

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    Before you put on new makeup:

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    Before you put on new makeup:

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    If you have eczema, you know it takes trial and error to find products you can use. Put a small amount of new makeup under your jawline and let it stay there all day to see if you react to it. You can also put it on the bend of your arm and see if there is a reaction after 48 hours. When you shop for new makeup, look for gentle products that won't irritate your skin, and use creamy fragrance-free formulas to cover dry patches.

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    What's the best sunscreen to use if you have eczema?

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    What's the best sunscreen to use if you have eczema?

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    Physical-blocker sunscreens made with minerals such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide tend to work best. Stay clear of tropical oils and sunscreens with scents like coconut. Use one with an SPF of at least 30.

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    The main way to treat eczema is:

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     Eczema leaves skin dry, irritated, and itchy. Itching is worse when your skin is dry. So it's important to keep your skin clean and moist. Bathing before bed adds water to your skin. Moisturizing helps hold the water in while you sleep.

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    You can protect your skin by:

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    Washing new clothes before you wear them gets rid of chemicals that can irritate your skin. Use a mild detergent with no fragrances or dye, and rinse your clothes twice to remove traces of soap. Keeping your nails short prevents you from tearing your skin if you scratch.

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    A long, hot soak in the tub is good for your skin.

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    A long, hot soak in the tub is good for your skin.

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    Take at least one short — about five to 10 minutes — bath or shower a day using warm, not hot, water. That will put water back into dry skin. Use a gentle cleansing bar or wash instead of soap. Don't scrub your skin! Also, don't rub dry with a towel. Gently dab your skin. When you get out of the tub, apply moisturizer all over within three minutes. This helps lock in water.

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    Petroleum jelly is a good moisturizer.

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    Petroleum jelly is a good moisturizer.

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     Petroleum jelly is really good at sealing water in your skin. Since it contains no water, use it after you bathe to help keep moisture locked in. The drawback? It's greasy.

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    Got a scratch? Rub concealer over it to hide it.

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    Got a scratch? Rub concealer over it to hide it.

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    Don't panic if you accidentally scratch yourself and it leaves a mark. If your doctor says it's OK to use makeup on your eczema, put a couple of dots of green concealer on the area. Dab it gently to reduce the redness and let the concealer set. Apply foundation and set with powder. Don't put makeup on torn skin or an open wound, though. Clean it and put an antibiotic ointment over it. Ask your doctor if you're not sure how to treat it.

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    Dishpan hands is a kind of eczema.

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    Dishpan hands is a kind of eczema.

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    Putting your hands in and out of soapy water can cause a form of hand eczema. And if you already have hand eczema, the soapy water can make it worse. Use gloves while washing dishes to protect your hands. When you wash your hands, use lukewarm water and a mild soap. Then blot them dry and rub moisturizer on them.

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American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Skin Care Tips for Individuals with Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema.)”
Cleveland Clinic: “Understanding Eczema.”
Eczema Awareness Support and Education: “Make-up & Cleansers.”
EczemaNet: “The Truth About “Other” Therapies for Atopic Dermatitis: Teas: The Right Blend May Help.”
EPA: "Know What's in Your Hair Products."
Eucerin: “Frequently Asked Questions.”
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Natural Resources Defense Council: "Label Lookup: Personal Care Products."
Joanna Schlip, Celebrity Makeup Artist for Physicians Formula
Skin Cancer Foundation: “Getting Gorgeous – and Staying Safe from the Sun – With Mineral Makeup.”

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