Saturday, June 18, 2011

Eyelid Dermatitis

Eyelid Dermatitis is the inflammation of the eyelids due to an irritant or allergic reaction. The eyelids become red and irritated. The skin becomes scaly and crinkly looking. The eyelids burn and itch. Believe it or not, the most common cause of eyelid dermatitis is hair styling products. Gels, mousses, hair sprays etc. can migrate onto the face during application.  These products also transfer to your pillow as you sleep and then to your face. 

You would immediately think it was an eye makeup product that caused the problem but most likely, eye makeup is not the culprit. Eye makeup is formulated with ingredients that are proven to be safe to use around the eyes. It is possible to be allergic to anything, though.

Other causes can be cosmetics containing perfume, nail polish, preservatives in products, latex makeup sponges and applicators and tools such as tweezers and lash curlers containing nickel. 

Try to eliminate the possible causes. Stop using your hair styling products and other possible irritants. Use a bland facial cleanser and moisturizer such as Cetaphil. Apply a very thin layer of petroleum jelly to the eyelids. Use cold compresses to reduce inflammation. Keep eye makeup to a minimum. See your doctor for medication. Sun glasses are great for hiding your irritated eyes!

Be sure to wash your hair before bed and use a clean pillowcase each night. After the irritation clears, slowly introduce cosmetic products. Try using products listed as hypoallergenic and fragrance free. Keep your hair styling products to a minimum.

It is possible that you may not be able to pinpoint the culprit. Sometimes the problem clears and never occurs again. It's a good idea to stick to minimal products strategy after a bout with eyelid dermatitis anyway.

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