I had my first eczema flareup around my eyes about 9 years ago, I had no idea what it was. I was working at Nordstrom at the time and was wearing more eye makeup than I ever had before. So I thought that I was getting some type of rash from the makeup, so I stopped wearing makeup for a little while but it just kept getting worse. I finally went to the doctor and was that it was eczema and to use cortozone 10 on it and should help it clear up. . . . it slowly went away, and I did't think twice as to why at 25 I had gotten it. I would have more random flareups but had my cortozone 10 on hand so I was always able to cure the symptom.
It wasn't until 3 or 4 years ago that I first heard that eczema can be caused by something in your diet. Ummmmmm what?? Any food which can cause an allergic reaction can cause eczema. The two most common food allergens are wheat and dairy products. Well after doing a little research I was pretty excited to know that just by changing some things in my diet I could stop putting cortozone cream on my eyes. Because how good could that be for my skin. So slowly but surely I cut most of the gluten and dairy out of my diet only occasionally indulging in a cheeseburger with a bun, but never enough to cause an eczema flareup.
So if you are one of those people that are constantly getting flareups, try eliminating gluten and dairy from your diet, obviously talk with your doctor to make sure these are the correct moves for you, but in my experience eliminating gluten, diary, and alcohol have helped clear my eczema up. I challenge you to cut out what you think your irritants are for 2-3 weeks just see what happens.