Can Cosmetic Procedures Trigger an Eczema Flare Up?

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Whether you’re thinking about erasing fine lines or looking for fuller lips and less obvious facial creases, there are a host of cosmetic procedures that can get you the results you are looking for. BOTOX will relax facial wrinkles, microneedling can stimulate the body’s production of new collagen, chemical peels can help shed off dead skin cells to reveal fresh, clean skin… the list goes on.

If you are an adult who suffers from eczema, however, your options for cosmetic procedures are somewhat limited. Why? When considering a cosmetic procedure, you need to remember your eczema triggers and whether the treatment you decide to go with can cause harmful, painful flare ups.

Eczema is a medical condition where areas of the skin become inflamed, itchy, and rough to the touch. It’s exacerbated by foods and environmental allergies, skin products, dry skin, exposure to heat, emotional stress, or even sweating from a workout. It can also be made worse by damage to the skin from injury, or medical and cosmetic procedures that break the skin in any way.

Whether it’s a needle pricking the skin, chemical acids, or an abrasive spray of crystals onto the skin, cosmetic procedures, which are entirely effective and great for most skin types, might be problematic for eczema sufferers. Procedures like microneedling, injectables including neuromodulators and dermal fillers, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion all, in some way, impact the skin.

Even a facial can irritate the skin and trigger eczema flare ups. You’d think with all those moisturizers, you’d be golden, but you need to be mindful of the products being used before committing to a spa day. Ensure your provider is using eczema-safe ointments that won’t irritate the skin. If they can ensure they are using the safest, mildest products possible, then go for it. We could all use a little pampering, especially when it comes to our skin.

Cosmetic procedures you can consider safe for eczema, with your dermatologist’s recommendation, are light therapies such as intense pulsed light (IPL). This works in the deeper layers of skin to create brighter, clearer, and more evenly-toned skin. It can also help with scars from injury or acne, age spots, and rosacea. IPL is non-ablative, so it won’t damage surrounding, healthy skin.

Of course, not every person experiences the same results, so it’s best to confirm recommended treatment options with one of The Derm Group’s board-certified dermatologists. You can schedule an appointment at The Derm Group online or by calling 973.571.2121.