Dry eyelids are commonly reported medical issue affecting people of all ages and both genders equally. The problem may be only aesthetic and embarrassing, and, on the other hand, it may be closely related to complex skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis etc., when dry skin and associated symptoms and signs tend to reoccur and be unpleasant, irritating and exhausting.
Before starting with the treatment on your own, you are supposed to consult a well experienced dermatologist who will determine the underlying cause of dry eyelids and identify reasons behind additional health problems regarding the affected area.
Clinical Characteristics of Dry Eyelids
Even though dry eyelids may occur per se without any additional symptoms and signs, it is more common for patients to experience several more health problems such as scales on the eyelids, flaking, itching and swelling. The eyelids may be sore and skin discoloration is also possible.
Causes of Dry Eyelids
There is a whole range of conditions and factors associated with dry eyelids. The mildest ones are harsh cosmetic products while one of the most severe is definitely Sjogren's syndrome.
First of all, dry eyelids may be closely related to the use of certain cosmetic products and makeup like eyeliners, foundation or eye shadows. Shampoos, cleansers and hair dye containing p-Phenylenediamine are several more reasons behind dry eyelids. It is also possible to experience dry eyelids because of eyelash curlers made of nickel, if a person is sensitive to nickel in the first place. Some food products are also blamed for dry eyelids.
Moreover, the problem affects individuals suffering from certain medical conditions such as eczema (all types of dermatitis like atopic or seborrheic eczema), psoriasis, blepharitis etc.
Dry Eyelids Treatment Options
The major problem when it comes to treatment for dry eyelids is the sensitivity of the area. Namely, the skin of the eyelids is rather sensitive and cannot withstand some cosmetic products or even be treated with certain medications.
In order to bring the condition under control, one needs to consult a dermatologist and never opt for any of available over-the-counter products until being thoroughly examined.
Skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis as well as blepharitis require adequate treatment with prescribed ointments or creams.
All cosmetic products that are applied onto the eyelids are discontinued until the area heals and may need to be replaced with another set of cosmetic products.
One can prevent dry eyelids if he/she eventually identifies the products that have led to this reaction. For instance, hash soaps and hair dyes may be discontinued if associated with dry eyelid problem.
Finally, use mild soaps for the eyelid area and warm wash clothes or warm pads to soften the skin of the eyelids and then apply a cream recommended by your doctor.