Dry Eyelids

Dry eyelids are an occurrence that affects many people, especially those who already have issues with dry skin. When it comes to dry, flaky skin it can sometimes be embarrassing, especially if you suffer from eczema or psoriasis. If you suffer from dry, scaly or flaky skin on your eyelids this could be the worse of these conditions, as it’s extremely uncomfortable, irritating and unattractive. Before applying simple lubrications, moisturizers or lotions to your eyelids to relieve the dryness, it’s important you talk to a dermatologist to find the underlying cause. There could be several different reasons or causes behind the dry skin. Certain symptoms you might suffer from could also be a tell-tell sign of an underlying skin condition such as Blepharitis. We will go over the symptoms, causes and treatment methods of dry eyelids, as well as discuss other skin conditions that could be causing the problem below.

Symptoms of Dry Eyelids

It’s not a guarantee that you will have or experience all of these symptoms. In fact, you may only experience the dryness of the eyelids and nothing else. However, there are symptoms to watch for that will let you know a certain condition might be lurking. The main ones of course are dry, flaking eyelids that can get itchy as the skin begins to peel.

  • Dryness
  • Scales
  • Itching
  • Swelling
  • Soreness
  • Discoloration of skin

Causes of Dry Eyelids

Dry eyelids can be caused by many underlying problems, some maybe very minor like facial cleansers to major ones such as Sjogren’s syndrome. As with the symptoms, there could be several different causes as to why one is suffering or experiencing dry, itchy eyelids and if it is a constant problem the best solution is to consult a professional. Some of the most common causes are:

  • Cosmetics or Make-up (eyeliner, foundation, eye shadow)
  • Shampoo
  • Food
  • Cleansers
  • Hair Dye containing the ingredient p-Phenylenediamine
  • Eyelash Curlers, the nickel body could cause irritation
  • Underlying Skin Conditions
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis

Underlying Conditions that could be causing dry eyelids are:

  • Eyelid Dermatitis – It’s known to manifest itself as an allergic reaction to something that has direct contact with ones eyelids.
  • Atopic Dermatitis – This is the result of food or airborne allergens.
  • Eborrheic Dermatitis – This is the result when the skin reacts to its own natural oils and bacteria.
  • Blepharitis – This condition is a chronic inflammation of the eyelids, caused by excess bacteria.

Treatment for Dry Eyelids

Unlike other parts of the body, the skin around your eyes, including your eyelids is much more sensitive. Simply applying lotions or moisturizers is unsafe and not recommended by most dermatologists. Companies make specific types of gels and creams for the skin around your eyes. Using these types of lubricants can help you achieve the moisturized skin you’re looking for on your eyelids. Another good treatment option is to gently wash with baby shampoo and wipe the area clean. Talk with a dermatologist, possibly one referred by an ophthalmologist, or if possible, try talking to an ophthalmologist who specializes in dermatology.

Another treatment option is to stop hanging around known allergens. This only triggers symptoms, including dryness. Discontinue use of make-up and only replace the make-up when the condition heals. Try avoiding contact with dirty surfaces with your hands. Unfortunately, many people naturally touch their face, eyes and other parts of their body without notice. Keep hands clean by constantly washing them or by applying an antibacterial gel. Wash your face twice a day, especially before bed and reapplying make-up. Warm wash clothes or warm pads can help to soften the dry skin on your eyelids, making them easier to remove.

This article was last updated on 01/2013