Eyelid eczema is one of the most common forms of dermatitis, and equally one of the most annoying. Treating eyelids eczema is especially challenging due to the location and the delicacy of the skin. Like any other form of eczema, eyelid eczema may be caused by a variety of reasons including allergies, immune dysfunction, and a dry environment. Until you can pinpoint what is actually causing the eyelid eczema, it may be difficult to get rid of it completely. However, there are a few things you can do to manage that skin around your eyes.
The first step in treating eyelid eczema is cleansing the face without drying it out. The type of cleanser you use to wash your face can either improve or worsen your eczema on eyelids. Because of this, you must take care to choose a gentle cleanser. Products such as Aveeno and Cetaphil are gentle, soap-free cleansers designed for sensitive skin. Some eyelid eczema sufferers have even reported success with using baby shampoo as a facial cleanser with great results.
Of course, you can opt to cleanse your face with cheaper gentle ingredients as well. You can make a paste of oatmeal and water and apply to your entire face, and keep your eyes closed with applying to the eyelids. Leave on the paste for 10 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water. You can also create a paste from baking soda and repeat the steps above. Both oatmeal and baking soda are effective natural cleansers that helps to soothe and soften the skin, and are gentle enough to use around the eyes.
Immediately after cleansing the face, you should apply moisturizer. A good, gentle moisturizer is another must-have treatment for eyelid eczema. Aveeno, Burt’s Bees, Aubrey Organics, and Cetaphil are all great products that are gentle enough even for eyelid skin. An even cheaper alternative is Vaseline petroleum jelly, which can also be applied around the eyelids.
If your eyelid eczema continues to worsen, check the ingredients in your cosmetic products including shampoos, conditioners, cleansers, and even make-up. Unfortunately, there may be a number of chemicals in your favorite cosmetics that may ultimately do more harm than good. Below are a few ingredients known to aggravate eczema.
- Sodium laureth sulfate: This additive gives, soaps, cleansers, and other products a foamy texture. It is also known to to dry out the skin.
- Triclosan: This is often found in lotions, toothpaste, anti-bacterial soaps and sanitizers.
- Cocamidopropyl betaine-: This ingredient help to give products, such as shampoo, a gel-like texture. Even though it helps products spread easily over the skin, it also has a nasty tendency of triggering a flare-up.
- Propylene glycol: This is a commonly used as an emulsifier for products containing oil and water. This chemical is easily absorbed through the skin and often causes severe reactions and side effects.
Eyelid Eczema Natural Treatment
If you want to steer clear of chemicals all together, here are a couple of natural oils that you can try.
Neem seed oil. This oil is very rich natural emollients called triglycerides. Triglycerides are naturally fatty acids the helps to soothe dry, flaky skin and prevents irritation. Neem seed oil is especially beneficial since it contains steroids very similar to corticosteroids prescribed by physicians. However, this naturally occuring steroid is safer and less toxic, making it an ideal treatment for eyelid eczema.
To use neem seed oil, apply a small amount to the affected skin, rubbing it in thoroughly. For more intense moisture, apply a liberal amount of oil on the skin, then place a warm moist cloth over your eyes until it cools.
Squalene oil. This oil contains a high quality unsaturated hydrocarbon (C30H50) which help supply the skin cells with oxygen. Squalene oil is easily penetrated through the ski and retards the growth of bacteria. A small bottle of squalene oil may be pricey, but a little goes a long way. Just use a small drop and rub it in the affected areas well. You can also add a drop to your favorite gentle moisturizer.
Eczema of the eyelids and allergies
Sometimes, treating eyelid eczema externally doesn’t alleviate the problem. If this is the case, you may have an allergy that should be addressed by your doctor. A physician may recommend allergy shots or medication to treat the problem from the inside.
You can reduce allergens in your home by investing in an air purifier, which may help to calm down those eczema symptoms.
Ultimately, finding an eyelid eczema treatment may prove to be challenging and may take some trial and error. But with the right cleansing products and moisturizers your eyes may soon be ready to face the world again!