Allergic Reactions to Eye Creams

Eye creams contain chemicals and compounds that give the product texture and scent -- and may cause allergic reactions. This condition, also known as contact dermatitis, may result in a number of symptoms that can vary from one person to another. Familiarize yourself with the possible symptoms of a reaction to eye cream so you can detect a problem early and rinse off traces of the product to prevent a worsening of symptoms.

Creams may irritate sensitive skin around the eyes. (Image: Image Source/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Spot the Symptoms

A reaction to eye cream may cause a rash around your eyes or on your eyelids. You may also see a rash on the fingers used to apply the cream. Other common symptoms are itching and swelling in the affected area. If some of the cream came into contact with the surface of your eyes, you may have an eye reaction known as allergic conjunctivitis. This may cause eye redness, itching and watery eyes.

Treat Immediately

Once you determine that the eye cream caused your reaction, gently wash your face and hands with water and mild soap. This will clear away the compound causing the reaction and prevent the symptoms from worsening. Your doctor may recommend an ointment, such as cortisone cream, to reduce inflammation and the severity of your symptoms. However, do not apply the cream too close to your eyes, as this could cause further irritation. Your doctor may also recommend an allergy eyedrop to reduce eye-related symptoms and help comfort your eyes.

Try Them On

If you have a history of reactions to cosmetics and lotions, look for eye creams that do not contain perfumes or harsh chemicals. Look also for products labeled as appropriate for sensitive skin. As a precaution, you may want to test the eye cream on the top of your hand or on an area other than around your eye before applying it, you can prevent a facial rash.

Get Tested

Talk to your doctor if you have frequent rashes or other skin reactions. She may recommend a skin test to determine the allergens causing the reaction. Once you know the specific allergens you react to, you can read labels to find products that do not contain the offending chemical or allergen.

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