From 1 – 30 September 2016 talkhealth teamed up with Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust, Action Against Allergy and other organisations to present an online clinic on skin conditions. The clinic remains open for viewing all posts, one of which we give below.
Eczema or Acne?
Two years ago I first started getting eczema and January of this year it appeared on my cheeks. It was there for around 4/5 months then managed to disappear. The last month or so though I’ve been getting bumps on the sides of my face. They are sort of acne like, but I have never suffered from acne so I’m not fully sure. They don’t tend to get heads like spots do, they’re just bumps.
But since I am still nervous of getting the eczema returning on my cheeks, I don’t know what kind of skincare to use. Do I use skin products for dry skin or eczema? As these feel really oily and greasy on my skin now. But if I switch to products for acne could they dry my skin back out again?
They aren’t painful, I just have no idea what’s best for my skin now.
Reply from Dr. Miriam Wittmann
Associate Professor in Inflammatory Diseases
I understand the skin lesions which have appeared on your face are neither itchy nor painful. If there is no itch it is very unlikely to be eczema. It is possible that this could be rosacea (however, impossible to diagnose without seeing it). It would be good to discuss this potential diagnosis with your GP as there are some specific creams which can be prescribed (containing metronidazole, azelaic acid or ivermectin).
In the meantime, the recommendation is to use products for “sensitive” skin (but not very greasy products as sometimes used for eczema conditions) and to avoid direct sunlight exposure as this can aggravate rosacea conditions.
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