Itchy eyelids or eyelid dermatitis (the more technical term) is a
very common problem and the commonest skin disease of the eyelids and
refers to a contact dermatitis, allergic or irritant, affecting the
You see, the eyelids are very prone to contact dermatitis due to the thinness of the skin. They’re only a quarter of the thickness of the skin on the rest of the face and because of this, there’s a relatively high level of skin absorption. Further, since eyelids are frequently touched and rubbed inadvertently by contaminated hands and fingers, eyelids are more likely to be affected, whereas the source areas can remain disease-free. Although irritant contact dermatitis is the most common form of contact dermatitis , allergic contact dermatitis is the predominant source of eyelid dermatitis and can result in dryness, fine scaling, burning and itchy eyelids.
Although a careful history, including details of all possible
allergen contacts are key to solving the probable cause of a eyelid
dermatitis, I will cover some of the most common eyelid irritants.
Sources Of Itchy Eyelids Or Eyelid Dermatitis:
A prime source of eyelid dermatitis is hand transfer and may be seen in persons handling rubber, metals, very fine particles and other materials.
Hair products and cosmetics are notorious at causing itchy eyelids. Hair dyes, bleaching agents, perfumed hair sprays and shampoos can affect the eyelids and nail polish can be transferred to the eyes when touching the face. Glues in artificial nails can be transferred in a similar fashion. (Interestingly, cosmetics applied to the hair, face or fingernails are more commonly implicated in eyelid dermatitis than those applied to the eyelids themselves.) Rubber in makeup sponges and eyelash curlers can also affect the eyelids. Nickel is a very common cause of itchy eyelids with a prevalence in the general population of roughly 15% who develop eyelid dermatitis from nickel-plated eyelash curlers, nail files and tweezers.
Other very common causes of eyelid dermatitis or itchy eyelids include sensitization to fragrances or formaldehyde in facial tissues.
Airborne allergens include pollens, animal hairs, dust and any volatile agent such as household sprays, insecticides and occupational chemicals.
Plants are another source of itchy eyelid to consider. Poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac can cause marked swelling of the eyelids with minimum involvement of the face.
Ophthalmic medications, such as topical antibiotics, topical steroids and beta-blockers can irritate the eyelids.
Newsprint and carbon paper may produce eyelid dermatitis, through sensitization to formaldehyde.
So you see there are many possible sources to irritate the eyelids. The question I get asked the most is, "How can I relieve my itchy red eyelids?"
To repair and restore your eyelids you should first be aware of what it is that is irritating them and try to stay clear of this. Sometimes this is difficult to determine at first but keeping a journal of when your symptoms are strongest can be very helpful.
Then follow these recommendations to help relieve the itching, redness.
1) Cleanse with warm (not hot) water and use a mild,
"non-soap" cleanser that is hypo-allergenic, fragrance free. It is important that it contain only natural ingredients filled with nutrients that will begin moisturizing your skin. Most soaps (even those listed as gentle or doctor recommended) are extremely drying and irritating - this is NOT the result you are looking for.
2) Next, in caring for your itchy eyelids, it is important to couple your skin care with a cream that is specially formulated for the delicate skin on the eyelid and face. It must be a fragrance free, all natural and deep moisturizing face cream. I recommend staying away from anything that even has a hint of fragrance! I can't tell you how many people I see that use products that are loaded with perfume.
Fragrance ingredients in cosmetics are a key trigger for many persons. A single fragrance may contain 600 or more different synthetic chemicals, many of which have been shown to be allergens, irritants, and sensitizers, and to also possess long-term adverse health effects.
They are a leading cause of allergic sensitization and contact dermatitis among cosmetic users. Reddened skin, stinging eyes, itchy eyelids and overall dry eyelids can all be caused by fragrances. Thus, elimination of fragrances goes a long way towards eyelid care.
Never use anything with formaldehyde-based preservatives which are also leading causes of sensitive skin reactions. Instead, use formulations with gentle, yet effective, preservatives such as antioxidants (vitamins C and E) and citrus seed extract that will promote better skin health.
A natural and effective cream should repair and restore cells 7 layers deep to penetrate the deepest layers of the skin! You see, if your cream does not penetrate these layers, the slowed sloughing or exfoliating of dead cells causes cells to clump together in flakes or scales. Eventually, as the epidermis becomes thinner and more fragile and the subcutaneous layer of fat diminishes, your skin loses its strong protective function.
A quality face cream should also be formulated with vitamins, herbal botanicals and shea butter to have the capability to begin hydrating and soothing problem skin. Also important is that it stops the itching associated with dry itchy eyelids while it's working.
Learn to read labels because most creams contain irritating chemicals and mineral oil which simply sits "on top" of the skin, suffocating your pores.
Below you will find a link to the products I recommend that, in my professional opinion, work BEST for itchy eyelids.
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I have tried many products and some would seem to work for awhile but as soon as winter approached the dry, itchy patches on my eyes would return. I got a really bad case on my eye that I couldn’t get rid of. I went six months without wearing any eye shadow thinking it might be part of the problem. My eye lids would just itch and then I started to get a patch on my lower face and a small patch on my forehead. I finally went looking on the internet and found the Aim 2 Health remedies. It saved me! Within days of using the products my patches started to clear and within in a week they were gone and haven’t returned. I’m back to wearing eye shadow and my face looks so much better. The thing that really sold me and got me to buy this product was the pictures and written accounts from the customers. So I hope this will help someone become a believer like I am. I used the Face and Body Wash and the Face & Neck TheraCream. Thank you so much for coming to my rescue. Kristie Anderson, Laurel, Montana
Letter to Nanette:
For years I had a very red, itchy, right eyelid. When I would get up in the morning it would be fine but the longer I was up it would start getting red and itchy. My doctor said to put Vaseoline on it but that didn't do any good at all. Then I found your website and began using the wash and face cream and I can't believe how quickly they worked to relieve the itching and take away all the redness and inflammation. I'm even wearing make up again! Sarah Wilkenson, New Jersey
Last year I developed a rash under my eyes and I was promptly prescribed hydrocortisone cream. It didn't help much and the doctor referred me to see a dermatologist. I was told to keep using the hydrocortisone and I was discharged. As the steroid cream didn't help I searched the internet for another remedy and that's how I came across a product called Magicream. It claims it only contains natural ingredients and it promised to clear up my rash. I was so excited! I have recently found out that the cream in fact contains Clobetasol Propionate and Ketoconazole. I was devastated to find this out especially since side effects include red spots and a burning sensation! When I stopped using the cream the side effects were terrible - I don't need to tell you as you know how the withdrawal of steroid can affect ones face. I then did a search on line and found your website which made so much sense and helped me to understand what was happening with my skin. I ordered the Face & Body Wash and the Face & Neck TheraCream and I have been symptom FREE ever since. Thank you from a once frustrated person!! Trish Managold, UK
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