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Eyelid Dermatitis: Red Flaky Eyelids

eyelid dermatitis
Eyelid Dermatitis is the inflammation of the eyelids due to an irritant or allergic reaction. The eyelids become red flaky and irritated. The skin becomes scaly and crinkly looking. The eyelids burn and itch. 

This is a pic of my friend's swollen eyelid. Sorry it's not the greatest quality image but you can still see how terribly irritated her eye was.

She was using Latisse to try and grow her lashes and feels this could have caused her dermatitis. She also questioned if her hair spray caused it which happens to be a common cause. 

Hair Products
One of the most common causes 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. 

Eye Makeup
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. Some people are allergic to certain color pigments in makeup.

More Allergens
Other possible allergic causes that you may not think of right away can be cosmetics containing perfume, nail polish, preservatives in products, latex makeup sponges, latex applicators, tools such as tweezers and lash curlers containing nickel and medications.

Try to eliminate the all possible causes. 

Stop using your hair styling products and other possible irritants. 

Use a gentle unscented facial cleanser and moisturizer. 

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. 

Be sure to wash your hair before bed and use a clean pillowcase each night. 

Sun glasses are great for hiding your irritated eyes!

After You Heal
After the irritation clears, introduce cosmetic products one by one. That way you will know which product triggered the problem if the problem happens to occur again. Try using products listed as hypoallergenic and fragrance free. Keep your hair styling products to a minimum. 

It's 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.

        Have a Beautiful Day! 
Licensed Cosmetologist, Esthetician, Makeup Artist

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