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Skincare Ingredients To Avoid If You Have Eczema
Made from sheep’s wool, lanolin can cause allergic reactions in eczematous skin and contribute to more flare-ups. If you have eczema or wool allergies, avoid lanolin products, and instead look for eczema-friendly ingredients like hyaluronic acid, shea butter, or aloe.
For those with sensitive skin or eczema, alcohol — or ethanol — can dry out the skin and aggravate your symptoms. Some alcohols are deemed safe to use in cosmetics, but to stay safe, don’t use skincare products with an alcohol content greater than 1%.
Synthetic Fragrances
The American Academy of Dermatology lists fragrance as one of the most common causes of eczema. Any product with synthetic fragrances or organic scents, including essential oils, has the potential to induce skin sensitization and aggravate eczema symptoms.
Retinoids And Retinol
Retinoids can dry out and irritate eczema-prone skin, but there are a few ways to lessen their negative impacts. For example, try over-the-counter retinol products instead of heavy retinoids, since they have a lower potency and are less likely to cause severe side effects.
Propylene Glycol
Propylene glycol is a common trigger for allergic responses; in fact, it was named “Allergen of the Year for 2018” by the American Contact Dermatitis Society. If you've been prescribed this product, use it sparingly as instructed, and don't use it longer than you have to.