Elle Fanning Just Posted 3 No-Makeup Selfies Of The Eczema Outbreak On Her Eyelids

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Photo credit: Instagram
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From Women's Health

  • Elle Fanning just opened up on Instagram about her eczema.

  • She posted a series of no-makeup selfies showing the eczema that has popped up around her eyes.

  • She joked that the skin condition looked like eye shadow in the caption.

Elle Fanning is getting real about her skin struggles. The Great star posted a series of no-makeup selfies to Instagram where she appears to wear pink matte eyeshadow. But turns out, the coloration around her eyes is a localized eczema flare-up.

"Eczema but make it eye shadow 😜" she captioned the photos.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel star Rachel Brosnahan has a similar condition, she revealed, telling the actress in the comments section: "I feel seen," while the stylist Karla Welch chimed in to say she also relates. "My melasma is my blush," she revealed.

One fan, who also has eczema, commented, "💗Thank you for posting this! I struggle with eczema and it hurts my self esteem. It’s so refreshing seeing public figures without the filters and makeup to show that we are all human. 💗"

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Eczema but make it eye shadow 😜

A post shared by Elle Fanning (@ellefanning) on Sep 14, 2020 at 2:20pm PDT

According to the Mayo Clinic, eczema—also known as atopic dermatitis—is genetic, and is specifically caused by a gene variation that affects the skin's ability to provide protection against bacteria, irritants, and allergens.

It manifests as dry, itchy skin, red or brownish-gray patches, small bumps, or sensitive skin. Eczema flare-ups can be triggered by things like soaps, dust, and pollen. On the eyelids particularly, eczema can be confused for contact dermatitis, which would likely be the result of an allergic reaction to a skincare product or eyeshadow.

It's unclear if Elle is on the west coast, but Berkeley, CA dermatologist Dr. Devika Icecreamwala told Bay Area local news station KRON4 that the poor air quality caused by the wildfires can cause flare-ups. “We’ve noticed that people with eczema and psoriasis flare up in the heat or they flare up in cold climates," she said. "Everyone skin is a little bit different… now that you have this extra element of bad air quality of pollution that’s affecting all of our organs in different, it’s going to cause the flareups to happen a lot quicker."

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