Eczema and Acne



How it’s treated depends on which skin problem you have:

Acne: Your doctor will try to make your acne go away and keep other pimples from forming. The quicker you start treatment, the less likely you are to have scars.


Several different medicines can help get rid of acne. You put some right on your skin (called topical medication), but you may need a stronger drug if your acne is severe. This could include an antibiotic for several months, high doses of vitamin A (isotretinoin), light therapy (your skin is exposed to special lights), or chemical peels or facials to pull out the pimples.

Eczema: There’s no cure for eczema, but your doctor will try to ease your pain and itching and keep your skin from getting worse.


Many prescription creams can help with your symptoms. Some have steroids in them, while others have drugs that ease inflammation or affect your immune system. If your itching’s severe, your doctor may give you an antihistamine (usually used to treat allergies).

“Wet wrap” therapy can also soothe your skin. Wet bandages are put on your skin to keep it moist and help it take in the medicine better. As with acne, light therapy can also be good for your skin.


Home Care

Taking good care of your skin can help control both eczema and acne. These things can help:

Be gentle. Use a mild soap to wash your skin at least twice a day and after sweaty exercise. Go easy. Scrubbing or using harsh cleaners can make it worse.

Try not to touch the area. If you have itchy eczema, try not to scratch. This can break your skin and lead to infections. If you have pimples, don’t pick or pop them.

Stay safe in the sun. Some drugs for eczema and acne make your skin burn faster. Try to stay out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun’s UVB burning rays are most intense.

If you have eczema, use a mineral-based sunscreen with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. People with acne do best with a brand that’s oil-free or “non-comedogenic,” meaning it won’t block your pores.

Relax. Stress and anxiety can make both acne and eczema flare. Try meditation, take a yoga or tai chi class, or find other ways to calm yourself.

Put your best face forward. If your skin condition makes you self-conscious, you may want to wear makeup to help cover it. But you need to use the right products. Some makeup can help absorb oil, others cover up redness and smooth out your skin. Ask your doctor about what would be best for you