If you’ve ever dealt with dry scaly eyelids, you know just how uncomfortable they can be. What a troublesome lot! Occasionally the condition can also be unsightly, particularly if the thickened skin is difficult to conceal. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to deal with this issue. But as they all say, prevention is better than cure! Bust the problem at its earlier stage!
What are the symptoms?
It’s not just the obvious dryness and scales that define this annoying condition. You may find yourself dealing with a number of other aggravating symptoms too, including itchiness, discoloration of the skin, swelling, and soreness. It’s not a guarantee that you’ll deal with all of these problems if your eyelids are dry, but depending on the cause you may find that your eye feels quite irritated.
There are a few different conditions that can cause dry eyelids. The most common is known as eyelid dermatitis or eczema. This is quite similar in appearance to atopic dermatitis or contact dermatitis on other parts of the body. Eyelid dermatitis manifests itself as an allergic reaction to something that has direct contact with the eyelids. The reaction may be caused by any number of products, including cosmetics, hair dye (the ingredient p-Phenylenediamine is usually to blame), shampoo, cleansers, food that you eat, and eyelash curlers particularly the nickel metal body and grip.
Though some of these culprits may seem a bit surprising at first, they’re actually not so unusual.
It’s not uncommon, for example, for an individual to eat something, neglect to wash his or her hands and touch the eyelids at some point. Shampoos and other cleansers that touch the face can easily irritate the eye area, as can cosmetics. Most of the substances that cause irritation to the eyelids are transferred by the hands, and since the skin in this area is so thin, it’s important to exercise caution and avoid touching the eyes with unwashed hands.
Managing your dry scaly eyelids is important because your eyelids are delicate and damage to them can lead to problems with your eyes. It is a good thing that this condition and discomfort is easy to treat. Washing your hands frequently and not touching the eyes or face is a good start. Removing makeup every night before going to sleep is another. Giving solution to this condition however requires caution since any harsh products could cause irritation or damage to your eyes. But it also important to get a diagnosis from your physician before treating yourself – for example, using eye cream in blepharitis would not be helpful.
When dry skin occurs anywhere else on the body, the first line of defense is usually moisture – and lots of it. Applying a hydrating lotion can make a big difference in the skin’s condition, supplying it with the vital moisture it needs to renew and recuperate. However, the skin around the eyes is different. It’s thin and delicate, and therefore it requires specialized treatments and care. This is why companies manufacture creams and gels formulated especially for the eye area. However, moisturizers may not be helpful for eyelid conditions like seborrheic dermatitis. In order to effectively treat your eyelids, you need an official diagnosis so you can treat the underlying condition that is causing the scaly lids. Following your doctor’s advice may be the best thing you can do to care for your eyelids. After all fashionistas, there might be some things that are left to be cured further. We care for you this way 🙂
Don’t leave your peeper-keepers drying out like prunes! Certainly you would not want to have that effect on your eyes that would make you seem older. This may be a small area of your face that we are discussing but these matters! As I have repeatedly emphasized, being beautiful does not depend on how you look alone. It considers the health behind the beauty.
Say beautiful, fashionistas!