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What should you avoid in cosmetics if you have eczema?

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Ingredients to avoid in cosmetics if you have eczema include:

  • Glycolic acid, salicylic acid, and retinol. These products tend to dry out or irritate skin.
  • Preservatives like methylparaben or butylparaben. They help keep cosmetics and skin care products from going bad or growing bacteria, but they can also lead to inflammation.
  • Fragrances. No matter how soft and subtle a scent may be, ingredients that give fragrance to makeup and lotion can trigger eczema flare-ups.

SOURCES:

Sejal Shah, MD, attending dermatologist, St. Luke's - Roosevelt Hospital Center; associate, Bernstein Medical Center for Hair Restoration,  New York City.

Robert Anolik, MD, clinical assistant professor of dermatology, NYU School of Medicine and Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University; associate, Laser & Skin Surgery Center, New York City, and medical director for Beauty Bar.

National Eczema Association.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on April 15, 2018

SOURCES:

Sejal Shah, MD, attending dermatologist, St. Luke's - Roosevelt Hospital Center; associate, Bernstein Medical Center for Hair Restoration,  New York City.

Robert Anolik, MD, clinical assistant professor of dermatology, NYU School of Medicine and Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University; associate, Laser & Skin Surgery Center, New York City, and medical director for Beauty Bar.

National Eczema Association.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on April 15, 2018

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