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Eczema On The Face: An Overview

Monday, 18 February 2008

What can do you do when you have eczema on the face? You would find that your face is one of the most embarrassing places for eczema to develop due to its high visibility. If you have eczema on the face, you may feel depressed and find that your self-confidence is affected. Learning to deal with eczema’s dry, itchy, red, and inflamed skin is difficult enough without having it right on your face where everyone can see it.

Eczema symptoms on the face are much the same as they are when it is on another part of the body. You usually experience redness, dryness, and itchiness on the face and if the eczema is very severe, then you may see scabbing, skin cracking, scaling, and even oozing of fluid. Some people only have eczema on the face, but others have it on other parts of their body, too.

The most common type of eczema is known as atopic eczema and it usually begins in childhood and infancy. Between the ages of one to six months is when babies usually develop it. It is usually first seen on the forehead and on the cheeks, but it then may spread to the rest of the face and even to the entire body. Sometimes children have it only in one spot, which is a localized form of eczema, but other children have it all over their bodies, which is a more generalized type of eczema.

Redness, dryness, and constant itchiness are the three main symptoms of eczema on the face. Scratching the itch could lead to your skin becoming thicker, and depending upon your skin tone, this could even make the skin darker in affected areas. Thickening of the skin can cause the normal markings of the skin to become more visible and this may lead to the appearance of the skin being described as “lichenification.” The most common place that this occurs is the eyelids and this can be a chronic problem for those who suffer from eczema on the face.

Facial eczema plagues both adults and children in the form of seborrhoeic eczema. When you develop it in adulthood, the most common areas that are affected include the creases beside the nose, the inner eyebrows, and the scalp, but sometimes the eyelids (blepharitis) are also affected.

If you have eczema of the scalp, your scalp will shed dandruff and the skin may look red and show flakes that are yellowish in color. This kind of eczema is thought to be connected to a yeast allergy that is normally found in the greasy or seborrhoeic areas of the face and the scalp. This particular type of eczema is very difficult to cope with and will come back time and time again.

Babies have different symptoms of seborrhoeic eczema than adults have. If an infant is going to have this kind of eczema, it will normally begin before the child is three months old. This type is often known as “cradle cap,” because it shows up as yellowish flakes on the scalp and behind the ears, but is not usually seen anywhere else. This form of eczema also usually goes away before the baby’s first birthday and does not itch. Unfortunately, however, an infant who has this kind of eczema is at a higher risk of developing atopic eczema later in life.

Eczema on the face can really cause much emotional trauma. You should seek help and support. Find ways to avoid triggers and ensure that you take good care of your health.

Evelyn Lim reviews natural eczema treatment products and therapies on her blog. She has been suffereing from eczema for more than 30 years. Read about her journey to getting beautiful skin here at


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