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Eczema on the face and ear

The face is without a doubt the most visible part of the human body, the one people remember when they pass you by in the street. The face is sometimes a part of the body affected by eczema and it is not easy to live with daily.


Babies, children, adults: eczema on the face may affect people of all ages. Face, cheeks, ears? Here are the areas affected by eczema on the face, per category of age:
  • Babies with eczema rub their plaque-covered cheeks against the sheets to get relief.
  • In older children, the eyelids are regularly affected by eczema (this is known as palpebral eczema), as well as the lips and the skin around the mouth and ears, especially in the skin folds.
  • In adults, this eczema is often more widespread and thus more visible: the facial skin sometimes gets very red or more pigmented than the rest of the body. The ears are also affected, especially in cases of allergy to nickel or costume jewelry

The face is where we show our expressions and our feelings. In cases of eczema, the face becomes a source of discomfort, a bit as if the person were wearing a mask. People with eczema on the face feel as though their skin is not like it usually is; it becomes tight, burns and scratches.


Treating eczema on the face is the same as the rest of the body, except that facial skin is thinner and more fragile. Doctors usually prescribe topical corticosteroids with lesser strength but just as effective. Likewise, body emollients are sometimes too rich for facial skin. Opt for lighter forms such as lotions or creams. Please note that there are topical immunosuppressant anti-inflammatory ointments that are sometimes prescribed in order to avoid using topical corticosteroids on the face.

You can definitely use make-up! The green color of certain concealer sticks help effectively neutralize redness.