When my skin is bad and flared on my face, I tend to get the dreaded weeping (also known as ‘wet eczema’). My cheeks all the way up to my temples, my upper lip, eyebrows and parts of my jawline are wet and weeping. This is one of the worst parts of my flare ups! It stays wet for hours and moisturising just seems to make it worse!
Over the years, I have found that going out into the fresh hair helps to reduce my weeping immediately, which is helpful when you’re going out somewhere! Having eczema alone is bad enough, but having your skin weep just makes it all the worse! It makes me feel self conscious. Though there are so many of us eczema sufferers out there, the majority of people still don’t understand what eczema is, what causes it, the fact that it isn’t something we can help or the fact that it isn’t contagious! Sometimes, people’s ignorance can really get me down as it just makes dealing with this that one step harder.
Anyway, I find that when I go out it is okay and it dries up. However, if I’m staying indoors I find that the weeping can go on for hours =/. I have tried to fan myself, blew my face with the hairdryer (which ultimately just dries my skin out!) and dabbed it try constantly. This really affects what I do when my skin is like this! Especially if I’m trying to study, I just can’t when every second I’m dabing at the wet patches.
So what I now do is use talcum powder. This product’s primary role is as a moisture absorber. By sucking up moisture from the surrounding area, talcum powder keeps the skin dry. This is exactly what weeping eczema needs! Something which absorbs the moisture and stops the wetness from spreading! Of course this can only really be done when you’re home, however, I have found this to be really helpful for stopping the wetness! Since it stops the weeping, it may also help reduce the chances of spreading the infection which are associated with the liquid getting into contact with clear skin found around the area, also dabbing the area with a tissue may spread it too. Its by no means a long-term solution and doesn’t really help to magically clear up the weeping, however, it definitely helps you feel more comfortable at the time! What I do to make it easier is place some talcum powder in a pepper shaker, this makes it really handy when using it!