Do you suffer from eczema on your eyelids? or do you care for someone who does?
We have been treating eczema on eyelids within our family for many years, my son and my nephew both suffered from this eczema condition. Their both older now and have outgrown the condition but they still suffer from eczema but not on their eyelids anymore. This may be due to our family secret!
In this article we will help you treat eczema on eyelids using the methods we have used for many years in our family, It worked for us so hopefully, it will work for you. We will walk you through the steps we use to control and reduce the symptoms.
Types Of Eczema On Eyelids
If your eyes often get itchy and sore there could be a number of reasons why, but eczema could be one of them. You should always seek professional advice from a Dermatologist or Doctor to identify your condition. This is vital for the correct treatment and care plan to be implemented.
There are many forms of eczema but the two most common are Atopic Contact Dermatitis & Irritant Contact Dermatitis.
For people who suffer from atopic contact dermatitis, symptoms can result from an allergy or an allergic reaction to something you’ve come into contact with. Your immune system produces antibodies as a reaction to a substance you’re allergic to as a natural defense mechanism. These antibodies are called immunoglobulin E (IgE). The antibodies create a chemical reaction in the cells, which causes allergic symptoms, such as swelling, redness, and itching. These symptoms can lead to further complications like bleeding and infection if not treated correctly.
Irritant contact dermatitis happens when the area around your eyelids comes into contact with an external irritating substance. You don’t need to be allergic to the substance to get a bad reaction. Anything from hairspray, makeup, suntan lotion ETC can cause the symptoms.
Eczema on eyelids is very common, even if you don’t suffer from eczema anywhere else on your body you can still get it on your eyelids.
- Thickened skin on your eyelid
- Red and sore
- Scaly and flaking skin
Not everyone’s symptoms are the same with eczema but with eczema on eyelids, we do see a lot of recurring patterns and symptoms.
Often the area is very itchy and becomes sore. This can be due to eczema and the side effects of itching.
The difference between the two symptoms is how your body reacts to the condition, then in turn how you control and treat them.
In younger children, it’s possible to reduce the damage caused by itching.
What causes eczema around the eyes?
The skin around your eyes and especially on your eyelids is very thin and contains thousands of blood vessels and very little fat to protect them from damage. Your eyelids are there to protect and shield your eyes and in doing so they leave themselves wide open to irritants and open to allergic reactions.
Who can get eczema on eyelids?
Anyone, even people who don’t normally suffer from eczema on their body can get eczema on eyelids.
Children are the most at risk as they can’t communicate when the symptoms start. Dry and itchy patches on or around their eyelids are the first indication that they’re suffering from the condition. Adults will feel and see the symptoms and react to them quicker than a child.
Watch out for unusual itching and rubbing of the eyes.
Will I grow out of it?
Yes, this is possible – But you need to control and maintain the condition if you have it until hopefully, you grow out of it.
Just the same as people with eczema who normally just past there teenage years start to see an improvement in their eczema the same can be said for eczema on eyelids.
The best way to cure this condition is to try and eliminate the trigger points.
What’s a trigger point? All eczema conditions have something that triggers a reaction and makes your condition worse. Treating eczema is all about finding those trigger points and eliminating them from your life.
This can be anything from pets, allergic reactions to certain foods, Makeup, Dust, Damp and just about everything we come into contact daily.
One of the best ways is to track your day and try to spot recurring instances of flare-ups and connect them to a pattern. Let’s say you’re fine all day and you go visit a friend at their home. Later that day you start to rub and scratch your eyes. Make a diary of this as this will help you find the trigger points. Do they have pets in the home? Do they smoke? Did you eat something?
All these may seem normal to most people but if you suffer from eczema they can all cause flare-ups and are called triggers.
Can foods cause eczema?
Despite the overwhelming evidence that eczema and your diet are connected hardly anyone suffering from eczema is tested for food allergies.
This can be due to the lack of knowledge or unacceptance by their Doctor that your diet is contributing to your eczema and flare-ups.
If you wish to be tested yourself you can request a food allergy test from your Dermatologist or you can do a Home food allergy test. These are simple tests conducted in your own home and sent away to a Laboratory for analysis. These tests are very accurate and you’ll receive a conclusive report pinpointing any foods you’re allergic or intolerant to.
Discovering and learning your own personal food and drink intolerances, and the effects they have on your eczema is very important to ensure you make the best possible choices which will help you change and adjust your diet which will improve your eczema on your eyelids. Identifying and eliminating these foods or ingredients from your diet is an important step forward to reducing the inflammation of your skin and preventing flare-ups.
How to treat eczema on eyelids
Okay, So this is what you’ve read this post to find out about, RIGHT? So let’s get straight to the point.
As the title suggests, Eczema on your eyelids – We have a secret, We have something that will help you. Well, we do use a fantastic cream to help moisturize our eyelids but the secret is more about the routine and consistency of it all not just the cream.
Below is our SECRET treatment method for eczema on your eyelids. We have used this for generations. We, unfortunately, have had eczema in our family for as long as anyone can remember. 204 Years in just myself, our son, My mother and her mother add these up and that’s 204 years of experience. So this method has certainly been well tested.
Here is our secret:
- Drink lots of water 2 hours before bed, Yes they may need the toilet more but it helps keep them hydrated through the night.
- Room temperature: Control the bedroom temperature and very importantly the Humidity to ensure the air isn’t too dry or damp through the night. We use a Humidifier and Digital Thermometer to
monitorthe room. We have included links to Amazon where we purchase ours from.
- Soften our eyelids by dabbing them with cotton wool soaked in lukewarm water.
- Pat them dry and apply a good layer of moisturizer. We use Honey skin Organics Aloe Vera cream
- Put 1 drop of 100% Organic Lavender oil on their pillow to aid sleep.
- When they wake up to repeat the softening process with lukewarm water and apply moisturizer again.
We have had varying levels of severity of eczema on eyelids within our family so we have sometimes adjusted it slightly to suit the person involved.
My nephew just could not stop scratching when he had it, even with eczema scratch mitts on he still managed to damage the skin around his eyes. So we used wet wraps all around his head which reduces the temperature on his head which helped to reduce the itchiness and helped calm his condition around his eyes.
Where can I buy the products?
We have used several creams over the years but we have found 2-3 that we have stuck with depending on the age of the person suffering.
We buy our creams on Amazon, simply because they are delivered to your door. Most offer FREE delivery and normally delivery within a few days. If you don’t like Amazon you can buy from most large stores or supermarkets and Chemists.
We have selected two of our favorite creams below to make it easier for you. Both of these contain one of our favorite ingredients… Honey!
Please remember to do a small patch test on a less sensitive part of your body like your back or chest to see if there are any allergic reactions before applying to their eyelids. We only change our cream if it becomes unavailable for some reason, once we find a cream that works we stick to it and make it part of our daily routine.
I have been using Diprobase for over 12 Years, before that it was E45.
Here’s a quick reminder of the main points for recognizing and treating eczema on eyelids.
- Spot the symptoms: Red, itchy, swollen, flaky and thickening of the skin
- Keep hydrated
- Control room temperature and humidity
- Soften the skin before applying moisturizers
- Use essential oils on bedding to aid sleep
- Repeat the process in the morning
- Always seek advice from your Doctor or Dermatologist
- Find out what triggers your eczema and eliminate from your life
- Investigate if you have any allergies, Food, chemicals, pets ETC
We hope this family secret has helped you, sorry it’s not a miracle cure that you hoped for. We don’t offer false promises. This website has been set up to help others suffering from eczema and to hopefully help you avoid some of the mistakes we have made through the years in our family.
We are totally honest about all the products in our blogs and reviews. If you purchase any product that are linked in any of our blogs through Amazon, it won’t cost you a penny more but we will make a small commission which helps us grow the website to reach more eczema sufferers.
Currently, myself and my oldest son still suffer from eczema and we’re hopeful with all the research being carried out on eczema there will one day be a cure found. Until that day we simply control eczema and try not to let eczema control us.
Eczema is hard to live with and if you ever feel that it’s taking over your body and mind and getting out of control PLEASE REACH OUT to someone. Contact us or anyone like THE NATIONAL ECZEMA SOCIETY for help and support. You’re not alone, more than 20 Million people in the US alone suffer from eczema. Worldwide the numbers are astronomical!
Raising awareness of eczema is the key to raising funding which will help the development and research to find a cure.
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