Dry Eyelids And Under Eye Area | Eye Love Cares
Are you suffering from dry eyelids? This relatively common condition causes the skin on or around the eyelid to become dry, itchy, and/or otherwise irritated.
What Causes Dry Eyelids?
As with any medical condition there are a myriad of reasons as to why a condition suddenly appears. Additionally, a variable that causes a flare up in one person may not negatively impact the other. For instance, a certain type of eye mascara may irritate one woman but not another.
The list below exhibits potential causes which may lead to dry eye lids or other dryness in the eye area. Finding the cause of dry eyelids is important when it comes to figuring out how to cure them.
- The area of the country you live may make you more suspect to dry eyelids. There is a positive correlation between the number/percentages of people who have dry skin on their eyelids and colder weather. For demonstration purposes, people who live in Alaska are subject to a significantly higher probability of having dry eyelids compared to those who live in warmer climates such as Florida.
- Rooms, whether it be at your home or office, that have low humidity also increase the risk of contracting dry eyelids. Humidity is moisture in the air. While people in southern states tend to complain about humidity causing the temperature to feel warmer than it actually is, this humidity also releases moisture which provides benefits to the skin, eyelids, and under eye areas.
- Taking long and hot showers, or washing your face with warm water, may also be a contributing factor to dry eyelids and areas under the eyes. The heat from the water used to wash your eyelids and areas under the eyes causes the cells in your skin to constrict which increases potential for dryness.
- Finally, time may be catching up to you as the older a person gets the thinner their skin becomes. This leads to a person needing to take more proactive measures to protect against dry skin and other potential skin-related issues.
Related: Chronic Dry Eye Symptoms and Causes
Different Types of Dry Eyelids
There are essentially three different types of conditions associated with dry eyelids or dry areas under the eyes. Knowing the different types of conditions will help you take the right steps to treat it and prevent future problems.
- Contact Dermatitis– This condition can cause dry skin on the eyelid and is typically a result of skin coming into contact with a substance it is irritated by. This will often result in dry, red, irritated, and/or flaky skin in the eyelid area. Common irritants which are associated with Contact Dermatitis include but are not limited to:
- Face washes
- Face moisturizers
- Eyelash utensils such as curlers or tweezers
- Excessive amounts of chlorine from being in a swimming pool
- Dust particles
Contact Dermatitis may also arise from indirect contact with a substance. That means the product did not actually touch your eyelid area. Things like cologne, perfume, and metals, like nickel, have also been linked to Contact Dermatitis. You may touch a towel, couch, bed, or something else which has been recently cleaned or decontaminated with a substance and then touch your eyelid soon after. This indirect contact may also result in a flare-up and you’re less likely to know the exact cause.
If you have recently visited a hotel or a friend’s house and your eyelid becomes dry without changing any of your normal beauty products, don’t discard them right away as it’s likely a result of a substance, cleaning product or fragrance they own, which has led to the dryness.
- Atopic Dermatitis- This condition is more commonly associated with young children where they experience dry eyelids and dry skin under the eyelid. It causes scaling, itching, redness, and sometime even oozing from the affected area(s). It’s important to seek medical attention if you notice any of these aforementioned characteristics in your children. While the symptoms may be similar to that of Contact Dermatitis, Atopic Dermatitis is a chronic condition which will require life-long treatment, medication, and management. As with any medical condition, if it is diagnosed early enough by a medical professional and a care/treatment plan is implemented the condition can be adequately managed.
- Blepharitis- This condition is the result from bacteria or another related health issue such as rosacea. It is visible on the eyelash line or the inner edge where the eye comes to meet the eyeball. Visible symptoms are similar to the two previously mentioned conditions which include scales on the eyelids, irritation, redness, burning, excessive tearing, and crusting.
Tips to Prevent Dry Eyelids
- If you live in a cool climate or low humidity area it is recommended to invest in a quality humidifier to put in your home. At minimum, you should run the humidifier while you’re sleeping. This will help repair any damage already sustained and prevent future cases of dry eyelids.
- Take showers which are cooler and shorter. This doesn’t mean you have to take a freezing cold shower for one minute. A five-minute shower with slightly warm water is perfect.
- Wash your face only once per day. Some women will come home from work and immediately remove their make-up and then wash their face again with moisturizers and other beauty products before bed. If you’re starting to experience dry skin on or under your eyelids, it is recommended to wait until before bed to remove your make-up and use other nightly beauty products.
- Read the labels on any type of soap or facial cleaning products you buy. Specifically, look for those products which are fragrance-free as they typically contain fewer substances reducing the risk of dryness and other irritation occurring on the eyelids or areas around the eyes.
- Regularly wash your hands with soap or hand sanitizer to reduce the presence of bacteria and other germs which may lead to eye issues, not just eyelid dryness but other conditions such as the ever-so-contagious pink eye.
- Going along with the previous bullet point of regular hand washing and sanitizing practices, try to minimize touching your eyelids and other areas around the eyes with your hands. This is easier said than done as it’s done by habit often without realizing. The transfer of bacteria and other germs through eye contact is very common.
How to Cure Dry Eyelids
Are your dry eyelids caused by bacteria?
As previously mentioned in this article, people are subject to dry eyelids and a host of other eye-related issues when areas around the eye come into contact with bacteria. Unfortunately, people are not able to avoid all kinds of bacteria all the time. Heyedrate Lid and Lash Cleanser is a spray you can use on a regular basis to remove and eliminate harmful bacteria and other germs which would otherwise result in dry eyelids or other eye-related issues. This is a simple product to use in the morning and before bed. As stated earlier in this article, it’s recommended to only wash your face once per day. Unfortunately, that may not be a reality for everyone. This product offers an alternative solution for those who wish to wash their face multiple times per day. It can alleviate harm to the eyelids caused by frequent face washing, and it’s a wonderful product for keeping your skin clean.
Do you have blepharitis?
For those who have Blepharitis, you can use the hypochlorous acid solution mentioned above (Heyedrate) or you can try OCuSOFT lid Scrub Plus Pads. These pads are small and designed to remove contaminants associated with Blepharitis. At the same time, they clean, soothe, and moisturize the eyes and can act as a deterrent from future eyelid dryness and other problems. In addition to treating eyelid dryness conditions such as Blepharitis, it can serve to alleviate other issues such as bug bites near the eyes which may cause itching and inflammation. Most creams and ointments are not supposed to be used around or near the eyes; however, a person who has an itch near their eye can use these wipes to safely treat and alleviate symptoms.
Do beauty products irritate your eyes?
Beauty products contain substances which may irritate the eyes and cause eyelid dryness. When most people think of beauty products they think of women; however, men utilize products as well for self-care and appearance. The products men use for self-care and appearance may also cause irritation and eyelid dryness due to certain ingredients. Fortunately, there are products available that have been developed to reduce the likelihood of irritation and eyelid dryness for men. One of these amazing products is Brickell’s Restoring Eye Balm. This product is a cream which men may use at night to reduce bags, puffiness, dark circles, and wrinkles around the eyes. The cream absorbs harmful bacteria and other variables which may cause dry eyes and irritation. In addition, this cream offers a variety of cosmetic and aesthetic benefits including smoothing out wrinkles for a more rejuvenated and youthful look.
Do you wear contact lenses?
If you wear contact lenses instead of glasses for corrective vision assistance, you should try OcUSOFT’s Lid Scrub Original to alleviate symptoms and prevent future occurrences of eyelid dryness. This product is similar to the “Plus” version of this product, but this is specifically formulated for the user to rinse their eyes with a clean cloth with water immediately after use. Basically, this one must be rinsed off and dried after use. While the product description does not specifically mention that this product is best for persons with contact lenses, numerous users have left reviews stating this product works wonders for them. Additionally, other users have commented that they actually buy and rotate use between this brand’s original and “Plus” product and have had positive results.
Is organic important to you?
Organic products offer the same health benefits as non-organic products yet contain no harmful additives making them significantly safer to use and consume. Most of the time when a person thinks of organic products they immediately think of food. True, the food industry produces and markets a significant amount of organic food, but they are not the only industry. The health and beauty industry is big on organic as well. The theory is that if you need to treat the inside of your body with organic products, then doesn’t it make sense to do the same with the outside? After all, many things you put on your skin end up seeping beneath the top layer and entering your body.
BeeFriendly Face and Eye Cream All Natural Moisturizer is an organic cream for the face and eyes which rejuvenates tired skin while providing a more youthful appearance. It works particularly well under the eye area. The cream has been proven to naturally aid in the reduction of lines and wrinkles while also deeply moisturizing your face, eye, and neck areas. The cream may be used as a daily morning regime and/or at night before bed.
Is pink eye a common problem for you?
Pink eye, formally known as Viral Conjunctivitis, is a condition that is not only extremely irritating but also extremely contagious. This condition can spread like a wildfire at school or work, especially among younger children as they typically are not the best about sanitizing their hands or utilizing other preventative measures to reduce spreading. Fortunately, there is a product which is available to ease the symptoms associated with this. Plus, it is also safe for persons of all ages.
Dr. Fischer Premium, Non-Irritating and Hypoallergenic Eyelid Wipes is a go-to product if you are seeking immediate relief from pink-eye irritation. This product can be used to alleviate pink eye symptoms and so much more. These wipes are useful and effective at safely removing make-up without causing any kind of irritation or pain. If you prefer to use a spray instead of a wipe, we recommend the Heyedrate Lid and Lash Cleanser.
Looking for a vegan-friendly option?
There has been mention of organic and all-natural products that cure dry eyelids, but what about vegan products? Fortunately, there is also a product which is vegan-friendly (aside from the Heyedrate Lid and Lash Cleanser already mentioned). Tea Tree Eye Makeup Remover Oil by Heyedrate provides relief to those suffering from a variety of conditions caused by dry eye lids. In addition to providing some of the same great benefits other products covered in this article provide, it also helps those persons who wear contact lenses and works to remove stubborn makeup. This is a great product to reduce inflammation and dryness. This product is vegan, cruelty free, and gluten free.
Risk Factors Contributing to Dry Eyelids
Variables that cause a person to develop any type of medical condition, including dry eyelids, are not constant. In other words, each person is different and will be impacted differently. Below are some potential risk factors that may increase the probability of a person developing dry eyelids.
- The age of the person plays an important role in developing dry eyelids. Infants and young children are more likely to develop certain conditions associated with dry eyelids and should be monitored closely by parents. If you have a young child and you start to notice crusting or scaling around your child’s eyes you should seek immediate medical attention.
- If you have a parent or other family member who suffers from any type of dry eye id condition this will increase the likelihood that you will at some point in your life also experience the condition, although it is not certain. Additionally, if you start to notice any issues with your eyes you should ask your parents and other close family members if they have ever had such issues. Bonus perk, they may even be able to offer advice of what products and treatment options work for them.
- Personal hygiene is important for many reasons other than just smelling nice. Failure to provide proper attention to the skin around your eyes can lead to a host of problems with your eyes, including dry eyelids.
- Your occupation and exposure to chemicals as well as other non-natural substances puts you at a higher risk of dry eyelids. Often, people who work in construction, agriculture, and beauty/cosmetics are at a higher risk of developing dry eyelids due to the particles in the air which constantly surround them.
- Medications may also cause dry eyelids. Make sure to consult with your doctor about any potential side effects from prescribed medications, as well as read the packaging of medication.
When Should I Visit a Doctor?
As with any condition pertaining to your eyes, it is a best to visit an optometrist at least once per year. This is an opportunity to have your vision examined, plus it allows the doctor to examine you for other conditions that are in early stages, including dry eyelids. As mentioned in this article, there are a multitude of reasons which may cause dry skin on eyelid, and other areas of the eye. Be prepared as your doctor may want to conduct allergy testing to determine if it is an allergic reaction to something causing your dry eyelids. If you’re experiencing dryness, it’s worth it to get it checked out before your comprehensive eye exam as well. Why wait when you’re miserable?