Facial eczema is perhaps people with eczema’s worst fear. Not only is it uncomfortable, but it’s also difficult to hide. “When you have a rash on your face, it can impact your quality of life, self-esteem, interpersonal relationships, and even performance at school and work,” says Joshua Zeichner, M.D., director of Cosmetic & Clinical Research in Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.
What’s more, facial eczema is often more difficult to manage than outbreaks on other body parts, says dermatologist Ellen Marmur M.D., an associate clinical professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai hospital in New York City. “The skin on the face suffers the most exposure to daily skincare routines, makeup, sweat, temperature extremes, perfumes, and other environmental chemicals so facial eczema is sometimes the most common area to flare up,” she says.