You have an important ceremony…looking for a perfect makeup look… searching for a professional makeup artist…
Then you realize that you have a problem much more important than searching for a professional makeup artist.
Which is the look of itchy, swollen, or puffy eyes that prevent you from having amazing smoky eyes look!
This is what we called “Eyelid Dermatitis” or also called “Eczema”. Some of you knows what mean by eyelid dermatitis terminology;
Therefore, they will need to know what are the treatment procedures or even home remedies and how to prevent furthermore complications.
Others may do not know what eyelid dermatitis is?
Therefore, we will also cover the definition, causes, symptoms and the forms of eyelid dermatitis…
What is eyelid contact dermatitis?
As simple as possible, we can define eyelid dermatitis as an inflammatory reaction that affects the skin of your eyelid area specifically.
That is caused mainly by contact with substances that stimulate the inflammatory reactions.
Is eyelid dermatitis one type?
No, there are many forms of eyelid dermatitis.
Generally, there are two types familiar and commonly occur such as irritant contact dermatitis and allergic contact dermatitis, in the following table you will find the difference between them in details;
Allergic Contact Dermatitis
Irritant Contact Dermatitis
Kind of dermatitis caused by allergic reaction to certain substances called allergen when come in contact with skin.
Kind of dermatitis in which the skin is affected by some environmental factors such as weather either hot or cold, some chemicals as acids and solvents.
|Factors Affecting||1. Some medications such as antibiotic creams|
2. Some types of body washes and deodorants
3. Products that cause reaction when you are exposed to sun such as sunscreens.
1. Detergents and bleach
3. Fertilizers and pesticides
4. Humidity extremes (dry or moist)
5. Mechanical (rubbing or scratching)
Causes of Eyelid Dermatitis…
First, you need to be informed that the skin area found above or under your eye “eyelid” is extremely thin with little amount of fats and high level of blood vessels, this structure has made this area very susceptible to any kind of allergic reactions.
Many factors can stimulate the appearance of eyelid dermatitis such as;
- Eye makeup
According to North America contact dermatitis, it has been found that makeup products such as eyeliner, mascara and many other products can cause around four percent from the total people affected with eyelid dermatitis and this is incredibly shocking.
- Eyelashes glue
Studies show that eyelashes glue can contribute and stimulate allergic reactions to the eyelid therefore; you got the swollen, red and puffy look!
- Contact eye lenses
People who wear contact eye lenses and use it in an unappropriated hygienic way can be affected by eyelid dermatitis; on the other hand, the preservatives in eye care products such as contact lens solutions that contains bezalkonium chloride, which may also induce eyelid dermatitis.
Some kinds of hair dyes chemical components such as para phenylenediamine can cause eyelid dermatitis; in addition, it has been found that this component is carcinogenic!
Gold and nickel can cause eyelid dermatitis this may happen by hands if you are holding coins and you touch your eyelid or even through using accessories made of gold or nickel for your eyebrows.
- Other substances can cause eyelid dermatitides such as emollients and moisturizers, cleansers, fragrances and rubber goggles.
The causes of eyelid dermatitis are a lot because it is considered as an inflammatory, allergic reaction!
Symptoms of eyelid dermatitis?
As we mentioned before eyelid dermatitis may appear on your upper or lower eyelid but its occurrence may range from mild to chronic symptoms that found inform of…
- Burning sensation
- Redness and dryness
- The appearance of scaly, thickened and red skin
When to see a doctor… if you are symptoms are not improving and the rash is becoming much more widespread, and if your case is serious; your doctor will recommend an allergy specialist for you.
Am I susceptible to eyelid dermatitis?
Everyone is susceptible to eyelid dermatitis but it highly affects the sensitive skin people and it usually develops after a long exposure to certain allergens.
What is the treatment for eyelid dermatitis?
As we mentioned before, the skin of the eyelid is very thin and sensitive to any kind of allergen and as we all know for every action there is a reaction, therefore you have to define the action first! By other words, it is important to define the allergen that caused eyelid dermatitis and you HAVE to:
- Avoid the exposure to any kind of irritants
- Avoid rubbing the affected area no matter how much it is itchy, as it will worsen the situation
- Avoid or stop using creams and sunscreen immediately that affect your eyelids
- Avoid using makeups like eyeliner and false eyelashes if you are currently suffering from eyelid dermatitis
According to the National Eczema Society, it was stated “Eyelid eczema is treated with emollients and mild topical steroids, prescribed by your doctor or other health professional.
Generally, only mild topical steroids (hydrocortisone) are recommended for eyelid eczema because strong topical steroids can cause thinning of the skin around the eye – an area where the skin is already thinner than on other parts of the body.
Mild topical steroids are safe to use as long as you follow your doctor’s instructions. Sometimes for a severe flare, a stronger steroid may be prescribed and then stepped down to a mild steroid.”
Home remedies for eyelid dermatitis treatment
- Decoction of hops and tickseeds
You can simply make it by preparing 150ml of boiled water and add only 1 teaspoon of hops and tickseeds.
After cooling you can apply it on your eyelid-affected area and leave it for 20 minutes, you will see its amazing effect within a week.
- Aloe Mask
Aloe Vera is well known for its effectiveness in many applications such as healing of sunburn blisters and as a pain relief from the itchiness caused by eyelid contact dermatitis.
You can prepare it through mixing one teaspoon of aloe juice with an equivalent quantity of castor and eucalyptus essential oils then mix the ingredients and apply gently on the skin, leave it for 25 minutes.
Last but not the least, be patient with the treatment procedures, everything take times to heal and return to its original state.