I was browsing the forum and I noticed there were other members who have the same skin condition that I do, Eczema, so I started this thread for help and to help others.
I've been to dermatoligsts forever and there has been very little help in this skin condition. There is no cure at the moment for this and is related to allergies as well as auto immune disorders. I've been frustrated and I know many others must be as well. It's depressing and can make you feel helpless at times but I think any amount of information is better than none.
Signs you have Eczema:
Skin is Itchy
Skin is VERY dry and sometimes flaky
Skin is rashy looking and in patches
Skin is raised in areas and red (this is usually called a Flareup, the time before it gets even drier and itchier)
Medicines that help Eczema:
Benedryl is my NUMBER 1 Eczema fighter. I SWEAR BY THIS. When your skin is FLARING, take 1 or 2 tablets of Benedryl IMMEDIATELY. Within a couple hours you might feel tired and sleepy because of the Benedrul but your skin won't be so red anymore. I've realized that layers of foundation and concealer don't work with embarassing Eczema Flareups. It just makes your skin look drier and flakier than it is. If you don't want to take benedryl because of it's sleepy side effects, I suggest finding other ANTI Histamines at your drug store that don't make u feel like so.
Medications prescribed by doctors:
Cortisone Creams, sometimes you can buy this over the counter but other doctors can give you ones with a higher dosage. I particularly don't use this so much because it isn't strong enough for my eczema.
Triamcinolone, this has steroids in it and is only suggested for use on the body NOT the face
Elidel, you can use this on your face and does not contain steroids.
I suggest when using Cortisone, Triamcinolone or Elidel to ask your doctor for OINTMENTS and not creams because Ointments absorb better in your skin
One other thing I tried is attaching a very good shower head filter in my shower. People don't realize what's in their TAP water. Chlorine is one of them and Chlorine DRIES skin and to others cause skin irritations.
Applying Eucerin Cream thickly on my face before bed and right after showers help a lot. I sometimes put this cream on 10-20 minutes before applying my makeup so my skin isn't so dry. People with eczema KNOW that most makeup moisturizers barely do the trick, so I suggest this along with a new moisturizer. I mostly put this around around my eyes because thats where it's the driest.
Don't use perfume or lotions with perfume, even my doctor said that fragrant things can cause skin irritation.
Hope this Helps! Feel Free to add more tips