Your eyelids are thin, delicate but powerful little flaps of skin, with the crucial job of protecting our eyes and spreading moisturizing tears across your eyes with each blink. Eyelid eczema can be a challenging area to treat and manage (and very frustrating!) because the skin is thinner and more sensitive. But no worries, we’ve got a safe and gentle solution.
Before we get into getting rid of your eyelid eczema, let’s cover some basics first, like what type of eyelid dermatitis you have.
The three most common types of eyelid eczema are atopic dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis and irritant contact dermatitis.
Atopic Dermatitis is an internal reaction expressed through the skin. It’s often associated with asthma, hay fever, and chronic dermatitis. The cause of atopic dermatitis is currently thought to be poly-genetic and environmental. While atopic dermatitis most often affects the flexural surfaces of the body, it can sometimes develop on the eyelids alone.
Allergic Contact Dermatitis occurs when the body reacts to a substance that comes in contact with the skin. It is common in women who apply makeup containing allergens such as formaldehyde or quaternium-15 to their eyelids, as well as other personal care products such as moisturiser, cleanser, nail polish, hair dye, perfume or shampoo.
Other common causes of allergic contact dermatitis are:
- Foods you’re allergic to
- Contact lens solution
- metals , such as nickel found in jewelry
- Preservatives in various products, such as eye drops
- Medications (e.g. corticosteroids)
- Dust mites
- Pet dander
Irritant Contact Dermatitis occurs due to direct injury to the skin. Unlike contact dermatitis, it does not involve specific antibodies or immune cells.
Common causes of irritant contact dermatitis are:
- Extreme temperatures
- Extreme humidity or very dry air
- Rubbing or scratching the eyes
- Insect bites
- Chemicals, including chlorine and bleach
- Rubbing alcohol
- Industrial solvents
- Airborne contaminants, such as dust
- Wood particles
- New carpeting, furniture, and mattresses may shed chemicals and cause a reaction known as off-gassing
Symptoms of Eyelid Dermatitis
Dermatitis on the eyelids causes inflammation of the thin, fragile skin around the eyes. The eyelids become irritated, reddened, swollen and dry.
Other symptoms may include:
- Red rash or scaly, irritated skin
- Pain or burning sensation
- Thickened, creased skin
Will It Ever Go Away?
Yes, this is possible - but there’s no guarantee. Everyone is different. There are many people with eczema who start to see an improvement in their skin as they become an adult. The best way to control and maintain your condition until you hopefully grow out of it, is by trying to eliminate the trigger points. As explained earlier, there are many common causes of eye eczema and everyone’s trigger point is different. This can be anything from pet dander, to dust mites, to certain personal products, and just about everything we come into contact with daily. One of the best ways to figure out what triggers your eczema is to track your day and try to connect your flare ups to a pattern.
Let’s say you’re fine all day and you go visit a partner’s home. Later that day your eyes are swollen, red, and itchy. Put a note in a diary as this will help you find any patterns. Do they have pets? Did you eat something different? Many eyelid creams on the market are made with harsh chemicals. Eyelids are the thinnest skin on your body and are super sensitive, so it’s important to apply products that aren’t going to cause further damage.
How To Treat Eyelid Eczema Naturally
Many eyelid creams on the market are made with harsh chemicals. Eyelids are the thinnest skin on your body and are super sensitive, so it’s important to apply products that aren’t going to cause further damage.
If safe, gentle and effective is what you are looking for, we recommend Grahams Natural C+ Eczema and Dermatitis Cream.Grahams Natural C+ Eczema Cream contains clinically tested ingredients which aim to reduce redness and inflammation of the skin.Our eczema cream works to calm the skin, control the spread of bacteria and hydrate the skin. We have created an ‘oil-in-water’ formula, which means it provides a cool, soothing feel to relieve itching and pain. Suitable for all ages, our Natural C+ Eczema Cream is a must-have for all eczema sufferers.
To gently cleanse the eyes and face, we recommend Grahams Natural’s Natural Daily Face Wash. With added green tea, aloe vera and cucumber, this refreshing facial cleanser is free from alcohol, sulphates and parabens and will leave your skin feeling soft, clear and balanced. This face wash has a non-drying formula so it’s perfect for eczema-prone skin. The cream and wash work great together!