One of the biggest ingredients in our skincare is in fact also in our makeup, is petroleum jelly, and what are known as Petro ingredients.
Now petroleum jelly is quite heavy on the skin and mineral oil acts as a barrier. It's like a cling wrap so it doesn't actually absorb into the skin and in fact, it's more drying than actually hydrating. And the petroleum jelly is very thick and whilst it can act as a barrier on top of the skin, it doesn't actually do anything to improve the skin at all.
So if we're looking at a solution for our skin, its best veer more on towards natural emollients like mango butter, shea butter, and coconut oil. But the best type of emollient that is easily accessible is things like virgin coconut oil and Shea butter.
So when you're choosing your skincare, it's important to understand that there are certain ingredients that irritate eczema greatly. And some of these ingredients are as follows, glycolic acid, lactic acid, citric acid, salicylic acid, and citric acid.
Now they can be an irritating trigger. So, when you're looking at the list of ingredients, those are the key ingredients that are highly irritating to eczema and may irritate to the point that you can experience flare-ups.