Make-up can be a tricky business for people with eczema. It's best avoided on flaring eczema. Here are some tips for using it when the eczema's well-controlled...

Before using any make-up product on the face, apply a tiny amount to an unaffected area of skin, such as an elbow crease, daily for 5 days. If there's no reaction, apply a small amount to your face on 3 consecutive days. If there's still no reaction, the product should be OK to use.

Mineral make-up is generally less irritant for people with eczema. Common ingredients in mineral make-up include titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, mica and iron oxides.

Avoid products containing talc and bismuth oxychloride. These ingredients are sometimes found in mineral make-up and are drying or irritant.

Use emollient on a damp cotton pad to remove make-up. This works as effectively as make-up remover.

Hand-wash make-up brushes and sponges regularly with antibacterial soap or baby shampoo in lukewarm water.

If you suspect that your make-up may be an irritant, stop using it and re-introduce products one at a time, to see if any particular product is causing irritation.