Home Remedies to treat Dry Eyelids
Dry, peeling skin is a problem which many of us will face in the coming winter months. But, if you’ve ever dealt with dry scaly eyelids, you know just how painful they can be. Yes, it is true. Many of us face the problem of dry, cracked, peeling skin on eyelids which can get even worse in winters. So before we go into the prevention and treatment part lets have a look at few common causes of this problem.
Causes of Dry Eyelids
Dry, itchy eyelids can be caused by a variety of underlying problems. Some of these may be major, such as Sjogren’s syndrome. Other common causes include:
• Cosmetics (eyeliner, foundation, eye shadow)
• Hair Dye containing the ingredient p-Phenylenediamine
• Eyelash Curlers (the nickel body can cause irritation)
• Underlying Skin Conditions (see below)
Common cosmetic ingredients that can cause dry eyelids include:
• Preservatives like parabens, imidazolidinyl urea, quaternium-15, and potassium sorbate
• Antioxidants like butylated hydroxyanisole, butylated hydroxytoluene and di-tert-butyl-hydroquinone
• Emollients such as lanolin and propylene glycol
• Pigment contaminants such as nickel
Few home remedies:
• Cold compresses help. Use cotton pad soaked in ice water or a used tea bag that you’ve kept in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes. Place it on your eyes for at least 2 minutes, but not more than 20 minutes.
• Make a paste out of nutmeg and water and apply it to the affected area. Leave it on for a few minutes, then rinse it off with lukewarm water to sooth irritated skin.
• Increase the amount of omega-3 oil in your diet by eating more fish and/or taking a supplement. Reduce your caffeine intake and drink more water to keep yourself better hydrated.
• Apply aloe vera gel on the affected area. Try to get a product that contains no preservatives and that is made up of at least 98 percent aloe.
Keep in mind:
• Don’t pull or tug at eyelids.
• To wear sunscreen to prevent dryness due to sun exposure as eyelids are very sensitive to the sun.
• Use an eye cream, find one that is made for dry, sensitive skin and apply morning and night.
• Avoid using a large amount of eye make-up if you have sensitive skin as cosmetics, like eye shadow or eyeliner, may cause this problem for some people.
• Never forget to remove your makeup at the end of the day. Use a gentle facial cleanser for this purpose. People who have chronic dry skin should opt for a product designed for such condition.
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