Eczema is a common skin condition characterized by red patches of chronically dry skin. Accompanied by intense itchiness, it typically affects the hands, back, creases of knees and elbows, and even the face. A cause of embarrassment and discomfort, facial eczema can appear on the ears, nose, lips, eyes, cheeks—and the chin. Read on for helpful and natural ways you can cope with chin eczema.
Please keep in mind that although what we discuss in this post can relieve eczema, we are in no way medical professionals. If you’re experiencing severe eczema symptoms like an infection, it is best to seek medical advice immediately.
What does Eczema on Chin Look Like?
Chin eczema involves red patches, pimple-like bumps, and scaling skin. In addition, common symptoms include:
- Dry, sensitive skin
- Redness or inflammation
- Dark, colored patches
- Rough, flaky patches
- Oozing or crusting
Causes of Chin Eczema
As with all different types of eczema, there isn’t a known cause of the condition. However, it’s believed to be linked to environmental and genetic factors.
A family history of eczema can increase one’s chance of getting eczema as can allergens and irritants in the environment.
Common triggers range from toxic chemicals found in soaps, laundry detergents, and beauty products to cigarette smoke. Extreme weather conditions, such as the dry air of winter and the hot sun of summer can also trigger a flare-up, as can fabric irritants like wool, latex, polyester, and nylon. Other environmental allergens include pollen, pet fur, dust, and mold, and even the consumption of certain foods. For babies in particular, drooling can also cause flare-ups on the chin–especially as they begin to teethe.
How to Treat Eczema on Chin Naturally
When dealing with a sensitive and delicate area like the face, natural remedies are by far the best choice to avoid exacerbating symptoms. Here are some of our favourite natural solutions to soothe itchy symptoms and manage flare-ups:
Organic Calendula Face Wash–created with calendula, seaweed and a blend of soothing herbs and helps calm red, inflamed skin without stripping the skin of its natural oils. Its gel-like consistency offers a treatment that’s both cooling and cleansing.
EczeHerbal Colloidal Oatmeal Eczema Cream–a "powerful pink potion" that works well for both babies and adults. Made with a blend of Chinese herbs, 2% colloidal oatmeal and aloe vera, it helps protect and soften the skin, while reducing inflammation and itchiness.
Organic Aloe Vera for Eczema Skin Soothing Spray–a refreshing and cooling spray that is great for anywhere on the body, including the face. Combat the urge to scratch by storing it in the refrigerator between uses for an extra cool treat.
Tallow Bar Soap with Zinc–avoid aggravating your eczema when washing, shower or bathe with this tallow bar soap. Gentle on even the most sensitive skin, it helps reduce skin inflammation associated with rashes, allergies or irritation. Enjoy its anti-fungal and antibacterial properties.
Elimination Diet–understanding your body and knowing what your food triggers are is an important step in reducing flare-ups. While there are common food triggers - such as gluten, dairy, nuts, and shellfish - everyone is unique and what triggers a flare-up in someone else may not do the same for you. T
o find your specific food triggers, we recommend undergoing an elimination diet. This involves removing certain foods from your diet for a specific amount of time (usually a month) and then slowly incorporating them back in to judge a reaction.
Before starting, be sure to discuss your options with your physician, nutritionist or dietitian to ensure that you are still getting all essential nutrients.
Dry Wrap Therapy–we suggest you try dry wrap therapy with our Remedywear™ Balaclava for adults and kids. Made with TENCEL and embedded with anti-inflammatory zinc, they protect the skin from scratching and offer nourishing relief. Pull it up over the mouth to treat eczema on the chin.
Featuring moisture-wicking sweat control, it’s perfect for wearing overnight as a dry wrap treatment and helps prevent unconscious scratching while you sleep.
Bio: Laura is a contributor and content developer for The Eczema Company. She is in no way a medical professional. Her comments, suggestions, and reflections are not intended to replace any medical advice. Always seek the help of a medical professional before undertaking any diet or lifestyle changes