Eyelid Eczema

I know, it sounds crazy but it totally exists! I’m talking about a condition known as eyelid eczema. There are people living in this world today that are constantly having to battle eyelid eczema. They spend lots of time and money trying to reduce the presence of this condition. It can be embarrassing as well as annoying to those that have it. Many people haven’t got the slightest idea as to what causes a rash to form on their eyelids. Even worse, they haven’t got any way to get rid of it. I’m going to do my best to try and explain exactly why these common rashes can occur and most importantly how you can get rid of eyelid eczema. Let’s start by first addressing the main issue.

eyelid eczema treatmentWhat Is Eyelid Eczema?

For those unfamiliar with the condition, eyelid eczema is a condition in which certain symptoms develop around the eyes and on the eyelid. Symptoms include scaly, crusted, rough, flaky, or red small patches of skin around the eyes and on the eyelids specifically. This condition may make your eyelids itchy or slightly irritated.

It’s far more common to get eyelid eczema on your upper eyelids versus your lower lids. It should come as no surprise that this condition more prominently impacts women versus men. It’s mainly due to wear makeup on a daily basis. When females have this condition and they wear makeup, it can make the eye makeup look rough, uneven, and very unattractive. In the event that someone has the condition for long enough, it’s possible for them to develop wrinkles in their eyelids.

Main Causes Of Eyelid Eczema

One of the most common reasons that people develop eyelid eczema is due to the fact that they wear eye shadow. Remember, your eyelids are so delicate and sensitive. The skin on them is extremely thin and very delicate.

Women apply makeup to this area to look better, but eyelids are not meant to be covered in makeup. The eye shadow can really damage your skin, especially if you’re using a product that contains harsh chemicals.

I bet that you didn’t know that you were actually damaging your eyelids by applying eye shadow. It’s true, the skin on your lids can easily crack when stretched. Applying the makeup to the area can often cause stretching and cracking. Basically, anything you put on your eyelids can irritate them. Let me dive into the specifics of the products to help you better understand why applying eye shadow too frequently can cause eye eczema to develop.

Whether you’re using powders or creams, eye shadows will dry the heck out of your skin. Other types that can really do damage are pencils, crayons, and sticks. While they aren’t as bad they still do damage.

Some women like to use eyeshadows that contain shimmers, glitters and other types of reflective material. Most of these contain an ingredient called mica and it’s not good for your eyelids. It has extremely sharp edges that cut the top layer of your eyelids. The cuts are so small they are almost unnoticeable unless viewed under a microscope.

Removing makeup can be just as damaging. Did you know that kleenex and toilet paper are actually too rough for your eyelids? Habitual use can actually lead to damage and ultimately eczema development.

Rashes have also been known to form on people that have a bad reaction to a specific color in the makeup that they have applied.

Other Common Causes Of Eyelid Rashes

While many think that applying topical products can help, some of them can actually do more harm than good. For example, certain types of topical creams that contain ingredients such as Retin-A, Tazorac, and other prescription-strength acne treatments can do a number on your eyelids. In addition to that, the over-the-counter retinol and other skin care treatments can really irritate your eyelid skin as well. It’s just so sensitive, it takes next to no effort to damage the area. All of these things can actually lead to the development of eye eczema.

On certain occasions, if you’re scratching your eyes, it can cause more damage and irritation. Guess what does it? Sometimes it’s the nail polish that causes the irritation issue!

In the event that you get a rash on your eyelids, it should never be ignored. Some people go years without addressing the issue and as a result, they end up with something far worse, as the eyelid eczema was only a symptom of something much worse. If you start to develop any type of eczema on your eyelids, then I want you to see a dermatologist immediately.

Getting Rid Of It

There’s one thing that I want you to do to try and get rid of the rash on your eyelids. I want you to quit using eyeshadow, cold turkey for months. Yes, it must be for months and by months I mean a period of five months. Because your eyelids are such a sensitive area, it takes that long for it to completely heal and repair. It’s similar to getting a bad pimple and popping it with your dirty hands. If you keep touching it, it’s never going to heal. You’ve got to completely quit eyeshadow for months if you want to make improvements.

You must also stop using skin cleansers or scrubs that contain exfoliants. If you are using any type of product that contains Retinol, Retin-A or anything of that nature, take care to clean your hands thoroughly and don’t get in on your eyelids.

Stop rubbing your eyes for good and don’t use anything other than a cotton ball on your face to remove any makeup that you continue on using.

It’s also important that you not wear any eyelash extensions during the healing period.

What Can You Use?

I know it seems like you’re rather limited but you can still use a facial cleanser that is hypoallergenic and free from any fragrances. In addition to that, you’ll want to moisturize your eyes by simply applying a fragrance-free moisturizer. Incorporate this into your morning and night routine.

If anything out of the ordinary begins to happen and you are having trouble seeing or are in serious pain, I want to seek professional help immediately. Do not hesitate to visit your doctor or the emergency room if things get completely out of control.

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    • Hi Debra,

      Thanks – we’ll have to send it up the ranks and see if one of our writers pulled this off an erroneous source. Looking into this now.

  1. What kind of moisturiser is the best to use , is vaseline ok ?
    I have really bad eyelid eczema .plus i have allergies including PPD , RUBBER AND PABA

    • If you have allergies you probably should discuss with your dermatologist. We wouldn’t want to steer you in the wrong direction, which could cause an adverse affect. When you have allergies, it’s always best to consult a pro.