How to Cover Up an Eczema Breakout

Eczema breakouts are unpleasant for several reasons; they’re not just uncomfortable but they are also quite unpleasant to look at and it can be embarrassing if you have a very red arm or hands. Thus for many dealing with eczema is not just a matter of treating the symptoms, but also of hiding the redness so that it doesn’t draw so much attention to itself and look angry and distracting.

Of course though there is a right way and a wrong way to go about covering up eczema and it is important to make sure that you avoid covering it in such a way that you make the problem worse and damage the skin. Here we will look at how to cover up eczema in a healthy way.

Cotton/Linen Clothes

If you have eczema on your arms or legs then you can simply cover this up with your clothes. However it’s important to make sure that your skin can still breathe and to avoid irritating it and making it itch which can be unpleasant. Cotton or linen is not itchy and they are very light allowing air to get to the eczema and ensuring that you don’t worsen the itchiness.

Gloves and Plasters

Of course some people will want to cover the eczema on their hands and this is more difficult. It is not advisable to wear gloves as this will only make the condition worse – however if you are going to an interview or a date and you are worried about how it looks then you might want to wear gloves just briefly for that event. The same rule applies though – don’t wear leather gloves but rather cotton which can help a lot. On the other hand (no pun intended) you could just try wearing breathable plasters – it will be obvious you have some kind of problem but not what it is. Don’t use either of these things regularly though – just let it breathe!


You should also avoid using makeup too regularly as it too can worsen the problem. However for situations like interviews where gloves might be unusual to wear, you can use some foundation to cover up the problem. Sheer Cover is a brand of foundation designed to cover up all kinds of blemishes and even bruises so this might help and it’s also useful for those who experience eczema on the face. Again though use this only for particular events – not as a long term solution.

Other than that there is unfortunately not much you can do to cover the hands – though you might want to consider long linen sleeves. The best course of action is to avoid worsening the problem and to do what you can to reduce the eczema so that you don’t need to cover it up. To achieve this there are a few things you can do:

  • Use eczema creams
  • Avoid washing the parts of your hands that have the eczema with water and soap which will dry them out
  • Drink lots of water
  • Make sure that your home is not too dry or too moist – use a dehumidifier/humidifier and avoid letting mold build up on the walls
  • Eat well and get lots of vitamins and minerals to improve your skin and strengthen your immune system

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  1. The methods shown to cover eczema cannot be used daily and can irritate the skin.

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