I know this is likely to be highly individual (and should possibly on the Health and Wellbeing forum!), but I am wondering if eczema comes up accutely in response to stress/food/drink/environmental intolerances or reactions - or, does it take a few days to build. I have been monitoring my diet, my cycle, the weather and my perceived stress levels for 4 months now and I can't work out what is causing the flare ups. They are around my eyes (mostly left) and I occasionally have very dry skin around my mouth. I use almost now facial products (and then they are dermalogica when I need to) and I might wear make up once or occasionally twice a week only if needed. And that is only mascara recently! On Tuesday, my the skin around my eye started to get sore, Wednesday itchy and red, Thursday and Friday exceedingly itchy red and very sore. When I woke up this morning it is swollen and brightly coloured pink/red and now it is beginning to go all crusty and gross (which will last for about 5 days). I put hydrocortisone on it when I need to (from Thursday this episode) but I really don't like using it, especially around my eyes. Doctor isn't too bothered and says that a dermatoligist isn't going to be too interested because it is limited covering and not bleeding or anything. But it is affecting my self esteem and I want to do something about it! Any advice?