Problems with weeping? Here’s a short-term solution I use

If this post is of interest, check out my up to date methods for weeping eczema here too.

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!

Check out my more recent post which details what I’ve found to be most effective and practical for weeping eczema! My current routine for weeping eczema

34 Responses to “Problems with weeping? Here’s a short-term solution I use”
  1. Sarah says:

    Hello! I’m 17 and I had ecezema what I was a toddler and it cleared up but now I think it’s back – I used to get it behind my knees and on my arms but now it’s on my face! I had quite bad acne for about 3 years and the cream I was prescribed really burnt and dried out my skin, so it went from really oily to really dry. About a month ago my skin went very very red and dry and sore, it looked like I’d been burnt but just in big circles on each cheek and a bit on my forehead, but the first two times I went to the doctors they gave me antihistamines and moisturiser which I used every day anyway. It then became infected and it weeps exactly how you described! Except mine dries if I leave it untouched for say an hour, but this makes my skin very painful to touch and since it’s on my cheeks it hurts to smile :/ the hardest thing is despite the antibiotics I’m on clearing up the redness a lot and making the affected area much smaller, the weeping has continued just as much and I wake up with my pillow soaked! The best thing I can think to do is just keep dabbing, as I can’t afford to dry out my skin more than it is already as it really is painfully dry despite the weeping. Anyway sorry for the long comment, this post was very informative and if worst comes to worst I’ll have to suffer for a bit to stop the weeping I guess!


    • Selina says:

      Hi Sarah, drawing out toxins is something which I hope can help you! I always think of weeping as away of our skin expelling something.

      Bentonite clay draws out toxins so you could try this on your face?? If you are in the UK, I’ll be placing some in the July beauty box as I think it’s a must try for people!!

      If not natural yoghurt is a fave of mine as it helps get rid of bacteria on the skin which is more likely with the weeping.

      Dabbing can be a nuisance so hopefully you get relief soon xx


  2. Eugene says:

    Hi, I’m 19 years old this year, and had ezcema ever since I was 13 or 14 years old. I have it behind my knee and ankles and times but my worst concern is on my right hand, on my thumb and on my middle finger where it touches my index and ring finger… Its wet ALL the time and hardly ever dries as it takes like a whole day to dry but due to some unknown reason, when I wake it, its as if I clenched my fist that my middle finger is really flared and wet again. This makes me very self-concious as I use my right hand to do every like shake hands, hold pens and spoon. Any ideas?


    • Selina says:

      Thanks for posting. This sounds difficult. I used to have weeping on my cheeks and it would be crusted by the end of the day after being wet for hours and it was the most frustrating thing. Unfortunately I never found a “cure” but my research has shown that clay can draw out moisture. Have you tried kaolin clay? It’s a clay for sensitive skins. You could try adding this to probiotic natural yoghurt and allowing it to soak the area? The yoghurt will be good for bacteria too which is easy to get when its wet!

      Good luck with finding something. Wet eczema is such a nuisance! What have you tried so far??


  3. grf506 says:

    I’m in UK and want to try powder. Gold bond is £7 on Amazon so have ordered Supadrugs own brand medicated powder at 99pence!!! I’ll let you know if its any good. Thanks for this tip.


  4. carole says:

    I use potassium permanganate (0.25g/L) where I put my hand for around 10-15mn. However it turns your skin brown (not very sexy I know, remember to put nailpolish if you don’t want your nails to be the same! It dries your skin but antiseptise it at the same time. (I doscovered that during a thermal cure)

    Another thing you could replace that with is fluoresceine 0.1%. It dries your skin, colors you in orange, but you can’t keep yout bottle more than 1 week in the ridge, as it is not antiseptic (bacteria would develop).

    Because the skin is then itchy (but do not weep!) I put mytosil or Eryplast and talc on it not to put cream everywhere. The good thing is that it calms down the itch and supplements your skin with zinc)
    The weep is gone in a few days. (But for work, it can be difficut because of the color and cream, but on week ends it’s great!)

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  5. Julie says:

    I urge everyone to look for dietary and environmental clues. We could be exposing ourselves to something toxic to our body or lacking something our bodies need. That thing can be different for each of us but it is important to find out what your toxic items are. I also learned that most over counter lotions or creams have ingredients that we think help because they make us feel silky at first but they actually seal your skin not letting the moisture in. Oils and natural ingredients or hyaluronic acid may help more by getting into the skin not just sealing it.

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  6. Luke says:

    Hey, I’m a 19 years old boy just going on 20 and I used to have eczema when i was about maybe 8 or 9 and now guess what… its come back! But this time it was really bad, because it is on where your arms bend and at the back of the knees it made it really hard to walk and such. When I went to see my doctor he told me it was infected and gave me some antibiotics and some steroid cream for them both to be used within a month. After i completed the course it had cleared up a lot, but it’s gradually getting worse again :/ and i don’t know whether or not i should start putting the steroid cream on again or not! I also have a huge problem with weeping… I don’t know what to do when it does it, it just feels uncomfortable! I’m definitely in need of some desperate help and looking for any suggestions or tips anybody has, I’m pretty much willing to try anything to get rid of it now! Got a lads holiday coming up and don’t want to be the only person there not getting into a swimming suit because I’m too ashamed of my skin. :/ v

    And I just wanted to say that I found this blog brilliant, just based on the fact that I feel better knowing that there are people in the same situation as me and makes me confident that there will be someone out there who knows the answer to being cured of eczema haha!


    • Selina says:

      Hey Luke

      Sorry your eczema is being a pain 😦 do you find sun exposure helps to calm it down? Like for example I live in the UK and whenever I go abroad to a hot place the eczema clears dramatically.

      Mine like yours appeared as a child but disappeared and then came back all of a sudden when I was 16 it made life pretty hard until I left uni at 21. Not being able to wear short sleeve dresses like the other girls might seem small but for years it’s been tough hiding the eczema way so I get thr feelings about the holiday.

      What’s your current routine? You can reply to this or you can email me at Selina for a chat. I’m happy to look at your current routine and see if I can help? I’m just a sufferer myself though not a dr but I’m really managing to control my eczema right now and would be happy to support you to get a manageable routine.

      I know that’s what we all need! Mine isn’t perfect it’s still there but this summer will be the first in 8 years i will actually be able to show my arms and to me that’s amazing!


    • Julie says:

      I just went thru my first experience with weeping neck and I thought it was just sweating at first but no other part of me was feeling that way. I have had eczema since I was a baby and that was acting up too. Then I had watery eyes constantly. I went for a week getting worse and feeling like dying especially when I had weeping and then uncontrollable itch. My skin was the worst ever and flaking neck so embarrassing and painful. We should not always assume it is just a bad flare up. We need to look for clues in what we eat drink or are exposed to. I don’t like to use steroid creams and drugs from the dr but in a case like this immediate drastic help is needed and we can overlook a serious issue if we just say its a flare up. THINK WHY??? I looked back and found the glucosamine chondroitin I take for joints has shellfish and lots of people are allergic to that. That’s my guess and the dr gave me steroids meds and cream of course but its helping. I went to health food store and now take Hyaluronic Acid pill to help hydrate from within. Drink Apple Cider Vinegar 1-2 tbs at night and take probiotic kept in fridge in morning Jarrow brand Saccharomyces boulardii. Things that help from the inside out and watch what you eat. Look for allergy triggers and avoid them. I hope this helps someone.

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      • Selina says:

        Thanks Julie. I definitely think steroids manage the symptoms but do not look into the route cause! We know our own bodies and we have to use that insight into working with our bodies for relief! It’s amazing what some reflection on what was happening around the time of the flare up can achieve!


  7. Lovie says:

    Diluted apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle helps me immensely. It stings but then is not irritating at all. I’ve also begun eating chia seeds (I use it as an egg replacement in baking) and coconut (milk, meat and oil). Chia supposedly helps regulate sugars and carbs and coconut is good for antiinflammatory. I’ve noticed a big improvement. I only have excema on my feet so the vinegar smell is easier to mask. I mix the ACV in Vaseline or just use my spray bottle.


  8. fiveoffour says:

    I am thankful my eczema is not on my face, but it is definitely on the next worse place. My eczema is right on my upper part of my upper thigh, the fold right where my bum ends and my leg begins. It cleared itself up when I was about 16, and I’m jumping for joy that it has returned….

    I am confused on why this has returned… maybe I lack some vitamins?

    It weeps, and it sticks to my pants and gets all nasty, and rips when I walk. I was convinced I just needed to bandage it, so I picked up super large band-aids, but it weeps so much and then the band-aid peels off….It also doesn’t help that its on the fold of my bum, and when I walk it loosens… I might try picking up talc and some gauze….

    Thanks for the idea, anyway!


    • Oh this sounds so frustrating!! Hard place to have it, reminds me of my neck!! Any creasing I.e. leaning down! Causes it to itch and you can’t prevent such movement!

      Try the talcum powder. Have you tired something antiseptic/antibacterial just to ensure any infectious part is kept clean and doesn’t spread? Weeping eczema can spread from the wet areas to normal skin which is a danger for eczema sufferers!!

      Wish you the best of luck


  9. fortune galgano says:

    i have weeping on the skin of my stomach its a very small hole like a pimple, but it leaks like a water fall has any one had this. what did the doctors due for it. what did you do to stop it


  10. Lulu says:

    This is a really helpful blog. I’ve had eczema when I was a kid, but it was only last year that they really acted up. And I mean REALLY acted up. Though I don’t have any on my face, I have tons of weeping eczema on my legs and arms. :/ It’s really such a pain, aside from them being really itchy, it’s taking a toll on my self esteem ‘coz I have really horrible looking legs now. I haven’t worn a shorts or skirts in the past year :/.

    Anyway, my dermatologist (whom I started seeing only this year) gave me some steroids to treat the wounds and atopiclair lotion to apply when they get itchy. Have you tried that lotion?

    Thanks and hope to read more useful stuff on your blog.


    • Hi Lulu, where are you from? I haven’t heard of that lotion but its worth a try?

      I hope it clears up! Since its on your arms and legs try bathing in Epsom salts? They’re anti bacterial too and will hopefully be good for wounds?


  11. Lun says:

    My eczema was so bad in 2008, I had to take a year out of work. It took that long to clear up. I have it on my face and neck, and had a lot of sleepless nights from the weeping. It just got so hot, as the weeping was on my eyelids, neck, and cheeks. It cleared up as I said, none of the creams, ointments or emollients worked that well, I just learned to let go of the things that were out of my control. However, in recent months something terrible has happened in the family, and the eczema is now back, and over the last few days has just begun to weep in certain areas. I can’t help scratching my face, or if I don’t scratch, I rub. Awful times again.


    • I hope it calms down!! I know what you mean by having to let go of things out of our control and allowing ourselves to just keep calm and breathe, knowing that in the end we will be okay.

      I feel like when I worry/stress/dwell, my eczema flares. Like you face and neck are the worst!! But sometimes I can’t help but worry, worry about my future, my lack of fulfilment etc when I know I should try to relax.

      What do you use for your eczema? I’m glad the time off work helped you, bad things happen and I hope you and your family are okay xxx


  12. Katieh says:

    The thing that has helped me most is a thing called Kineseology… it seems very strange and hippy-like to most – even myself at first but it worked wonders. Another useful thing was cutting out dairy. I find it very distressing as I am an actresss in training an dif i can’t cure it will obviously need a new career. Anyway, Love to youall I hope that helps a little, it is so shitty X


  13. Matt says:

    Hi again,

    Unfortunately I haven’t had time to go out for talcum powder to try as I had a long trip away yesterday. I think the lack of sleep might have aggravated it, as it my whole face was weeping yesterday and was very very sore. Today, after a near on 15 hour sleep, it is all very sore, dried out and angrily red. I have booked in with the doctor for an emergency appointment and shall let you know how it goes. I last went to see the doctor on Monday and I think the creams she gave me to try may have aggravated the situation. I was given an anti-funal cream, Dermol 500 and something for my scalp as it seems to be affecting it too, very dry and flaky. Therefore, I have stuck with using my old routine of Diprobase and vaseline which seems to give it the moisturisation it needs for the moment, though even this combination only lasts enough for a work day and by the time I get home from work it is drying out rapidly.

    Will let you guys know how I get on, the doctor did say it may have to be anti-biotics though on Monday if the treatment of creams she gave me didn’t work. Not that I mind anti-biotocs, infact, my morale is so low that I would try anything to get rid of this flare up and weeping on my face.


  14. Matt says:

    I’m currently getting weeping eczema around my eyelids, top lip and left side of my face. It’s a total pain! I totally agree with what you have said above in your post! Going to definitely try this talcum powder thing but worried that it may sting! Fingers crossed.


    • Weeping is frustrating!! The talc like I said might not look good but it dried mine up, but it need cleared it I’m afraid…perhaps using something anti septic can help keep bacteria from spreading at bay as the worst thing I when the weeping area expands!!

      Your eczema sounds very much like how mine was last year!! Upper lip and side of my face were the main culprits am my cheek literally looked like it had a gash where it was weeping from and it would dry yellow and crust over. Applying my usual creams made it worse and the only thing that would dry it was talc Or cold air!

      Do you find sunlight helps?


    • And don’t worry it doesn’t sting at all!! Just a bit messy, try not to inhale too much as its not good for you! Good luck!


  15. suzi says:

    Hi I’ve suffered frm eczema for the past 15years and I am 21 only now my skin has started to weep, I was addmited to hospital last week for swelling and skin infection so im not to sure if I should try talc. I’m suffering so much but doctors just don’t understand what’s going on people are very unaware of skin conditions and I just wish there was more awareness about eczema and the different types of pain we feel when we are going through our flare Ups. Eczema is all I know I’ve never been able to live a normal life and pray everyday that a cure is found


    • I really empathise with you! Noone ever understands….least of all health professionals who just think steroids and emolient will solve the problems….I personally find the emotional strain of eczema is something that exhausts me the most.

      Once again, I have suffered from a flare-up and am frustrated that nothing I have done has helped to combat it yet or keep it at bay….I am going to continue trying methods to help because I will not accept that eczema is for life!


  16. Abbotts says:

    Oat and Calendula baths might be helpful too and taking atni-allergenic herbs to build up the immune system such as Nettle or Skullcap.


  17. Lovie says:

    My feet get weepy and I use Gold Bond (or a generic) medicated powder. It smells like listerine and I find that if I wear lotion with socks one day, the next day I use more open shoes with no socks and the medicated powder in my shoes. It’s mild but is also antibacterial.


  18. Anjali says:

    Thank-you so much for this tip!!


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