Facts About Eyelid Dryness

Eyelid dryness can be merely an annoyance and a sign of a bigger problem that may not go away on its own.  Either way, eyelid dryness is a problem that needs to be addressed for your comfort as well as the health of your eyes.

There are many potential causes of dryness of the eyelid, and it is recommended that you try some home remedies as soon as you begin to notice the dryness around your eyes.  Dryness of the eyelids may also be accompanied by swelling, redness, soreness, itchiness, and loss of eyelashes.  The dryness and all of these other symptoms can also occur on the lower eyelid as well.  The affected eyelid may also appear to droop.

The first step to take is to begin to practice good eyelid hygiene.  Many of us wash our entire face with the same soap or other cleanser, without recognizing that the area surrounding your eyes can be extra sensitive to soaps and moisturizers.  It is best to use cleansers and moisturizers in areas around your eyes that are specifically made for that use.  The best way to clean around your eyes is to take a cotton swab or gauze pad, dip it in cleanser that is made for use around the eyes, then gently wipe around the eye and along the eye lashes and lid.

For those who wear make-up, the first thing to do when you experience any type of eye irritation, is to stop using eye products such as mascara, eye liner, and shadows.  After the eye irritation and dryness ease, you may start to use these products again, but you should buy new mascara and liner to use.  The old ones may have been the source of irritation, or may carry germs that caused the irritation in the first place.

Eyelid dryness may not have any cause beyond the usual causes of dry skin.  Use moisturizers made specifically for the eye area or Vaseline.  If your skin tends to be sensitive, find hypo-allergenic products in case allergies are part of the problem causing your dry skin.  The dryness may also be cause by allergies to make-up or hair spray.  Another easy to treat cause of eyelid dryness would be if it were a reaction to an insect bite.  It is rare to have an insect bite on the eyelid, but it could cause swelling, itching, and dry skin.  Even though if this is the cause, it will be uncomfortable for a few days, but the good news is that it will resolve on its own.

There are other causes of dry eyelids that are more difficult to treat.  Eczema is a skin problem that can also occur on the eyelids or the skin surrounding the eyes.  If you have eczema elsewhere and notice changes in your eyelids, you may want to see a dermatologist for the most appropriate treatment.

Dryness of the eyelids can be anterior blepharitis.  This malady affects the outside front of your eyelid right where the eyelashes are attached.  If you notice flaking and scaling or eyelashes falling out, you may have this.  The cause of it is not known, but it is thought to be more common in people with weakened immune systems.  Some theorize that it may be caused by a fungus.  Chalazion may also be the cause of eyelid dryness.  Chalazion causes slow swelling of the upper and/or lower eyelid.  It is caused by blockages in the oil glands and is treated with compresses and sometimes antibiotics.


If the home remedies described above do not result in the dry skin disappearing, it is best to see a doctor, especially since the area around the eye is so sensitive and any problems have the potential of affecting your vision.


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