What Are the Treatments for Dry Eyelids?

If you are struggling with dry eyelids, your first step should be a trip to the eye doctor or dermatologist to make sure there is no underlying problem. Although usually a minor issue, several medical conditions cause dry eyelids, including eczema, psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis (a problem that occurs when your skin reacts to its own oil) and blepharitis (inflammation caused by bacteria). If no underlying medical condition is discovered, treatment consists of avoiding potential allergens and restoring eyelid moisture.

Dry eyelids can be itchy and uncomfortable. (Image: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Avoid Eye Contact

Keep your hands away from your eyes throughout the day, and avoid any substances you are allergic to as well as potential allergens. Potential allergens include cosmetics, shampoos, facial cleansers, bacitracin ointment, nickel eyelash curlers and hair dyes that contain an ingredient called p-phenylenediamine. Fresh nail polish and some foods allergies can also affect your eyelids. If you have a suspicion as to what is causing the problem, test the theory by avoiding the allergen. Consult an allergist if you are having trouble finding the culprit.

Get Things Looking Up

Wash your eyelids twice a day with warm water and a gentle cleanser like baby shampoo. Apply petroleum jelly or a moisturizer cream specifically designed for use around the eyes after you wash. If you have a rash on your eyelids from an allergic reaction, sparingly apply a 1 percent hydrocortisone cream for two to three days. See a doctor if the rash does not clear up in a few days.

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