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Eczema of the face and neck
Eczema can occur on all parts of the body. The face (cheeks, forehead, lips or ears) and neck are not spared from red patches and itching. Fortunately, there are solutions to relieve discomfort during flare-ups and protect the thin and fragile skin of the face.
On the face and neck, eczema can be atopic or contact. In the case of the face, it affects infants and adults more. Neck eczema is common in children.
When an allergen is involved, it may be in a lipstick or costume jewellery containing nickel. The allergen may also have been transmitted to the face via the hands, such as through nail polish, or via air, which diffuses pollen in particular. The neck is thus a very exposed area because we often touch it without realising it. And in the winter, it’s in contact with many objects, such as the tags on turtleneck sweaters or woolen scarves, which can irritate the skin.
When the eczema patches reach the face, the disease is visible and the stares of others can be difficult to bear.
Redness on the earlobe, scabs in the folds, pain or even a strange sensation. Eczema sometimes appears on the ears. When a crack appears in the fold under the earlobe, it’s most likely an atopic form. But contact eczema is also common in this area. We recommend looking for the following causes: costume jewellery earrings, mobile phones, hearing aids, shampoo, hair dye or even ear drops.
Relieving the symptoms of face and neck eczema
While the treatment of an eczema flare-up on the face and neck is usually a localised cortisone-based treatment or a topical immunosuppressive ointment, the skin needs to be restored outside of the flare-ups. To make it less reactive and to space out these outbreaks, apply an emollient every day.
In babies, eczema appears on the scalp, cheeks and in the folds of the neck. Red, crusty patches are also sometimes caused by salivation. To reduce flare-ups, apply a suitable emollient several times a day. To treat the outbreak, a dermocorticoid may be prescribed.
When scabs and oozing appear around the mouth and on the lips, this is an eczema flare-up. Whether it’s atopic or contact eczema, the application of a localised corticosteroid provides rapid relief from the associated pruritus, i.e. itching. But this treatment is not enough. It’s essential to apply an emollient care product diligently, even outside the flare-ups. The skin will be better moisturised and protected, and you will be able to space out these outbreaks. You should also avoid touching and licking your lips to prevent stimulating redness. Another tip: if you are a musician, your instrument – a trumpet or clarinet for example – may be the cause of your dermatitis.
Before using a new foundation, test it on a small area of the skin. This will prevent a flare-up of eczema. Use fragrance-free medical make-up or a cleanser. Remove the excess with a disposable tissue. Then spray with Avène Thermal Spring Water and massage the skin to remove any remaining impurities. Finally, dry gently by patting with a soft towel. Replace your products every 3 months.
The cold helps to calm itching and flushing of the skin. So don't hesitate to put your moisturiser in the fridge all day to calm your skin in the evening, if necessary.
Eau Thermale Avène products designed to soothe atopic eczema.