AAD Skincare Video Series: Skincare for Eczema

How to get the most from your skincare products by American Academy of Dermatology

How to get the most from your skincare products by American Academy of Dermatology

I’m inspired by the efforts of like-minded individuals and organizations around the world to help eczema families via social media platforms. I came across American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) on Pinterest and they had pinned a Dermatology A: Z Video Series. I asked to feature their videos here, and their team of public relations is helpful and responsive, and made the special effort of introducing me to dermatologists who assisted with my questions and together, we made this series available to you.

Today’s video is “How to get the most from your Skincare Products“. For this video, I’ve interviewed Dr Joshua Zeichner, M.D., who is the Director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research, Department of Dermatology, Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan and board-certified in Dermatology. Dr Zeichner has broad interests in both medical and cosmetic dermatology, and specializes in acne and rosacea treatment, as well as improving the cosmetic appearance aging skin. He is frequently called on by the national media as a skin care expert and quoted in major national publications such as Allure, InStyle, Marie Claire, Real Simple, Women’s Health, Health, and Martha Stewart Living and the The New York Times.

MarcieMom: Dr Zeichner, thank you for taking time to help with this AAD video series. For individuals with sensitive skin using multiple products, say facial cleanser, moisturizer and make-up, is there any guideline to ensure that there is no cross-reactive ingredient? e.g. choosing the same brand or ensuring that each does not have certain ingredient?

Dr Joshua: If you are sensitive to skin care products, your dermatologist can perform patch testing, an exam to determine what ingredients you may be allergic to.  You should avoid products with those particular ingredients.  Unfortunately, you cannot necessarily just stick to one brand because individual products do vary in their composition.  However, some brands in general do stick to being fragrance free, etc.

MarcieMom: It is recommended to wash the face first, followed by medication, then moisturizer or sunscreen, followed by make-up. What is the interval between applying moisturizer and sunscreen? Does the moisturizer have to dry before applying sunscreen? 

Dr Joshua: We do not have great data on this.  We do not really know if it is best to moisturize or medicate first.  In general, I recommend applying one product in a thin layer, allowing it to dry for about 60 seconds, then applying the next layer.  If you apply too much cream it may take longer to dry.

MarcieMom: Does sunscreen have moisturizing effect and therefore, can skip applying moisturizer? 

Dr Joshua: Only if you are specifically using a facial moisturizer with sunscreen. Straight sunscreens for the beach are not designed to be moisturizers.

MarcieMom: What are the ingredients that frequently irritate a child’s sensitive/eczema skin?

Dr Joshua: Usually fragrances and preservatives.Check out this link for common allergens: http://www.truetest.com/global/patientinfo.htm

MarcieMom: Thank you Dr Joshua for your reply, I’d be sure to remember applying moisturizer even when I’d be applying sunscreen for my child with eczema, and thankfully, we found skincare products that don’t irritate her eczema skin.

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