Take it from the good doctor himself: “Generally speaking, eczema refers to skin inflammation – otherwise known as dermatitis – and can be ‘atopic’, or hereditary, or caused by contact with environmental irritants, for instance,” notes Dr SK Tan of IDS Clinic.
“What people don’t see is the effect that it has on the psyche. Many people with dermatitis feel restricted, unattractive and rejected,” adds Dr Gitta Neufang, Head of Research for Eucerin Actives.
So how do you treat eczema and prevent it from flaring up? The first order of business? Be selective about the salves you slather on yourself. When scanning the cosmetic aisles, experts recommend actively avoiding the following beauty baddies.