Itchy eyelids are also commonly called eyelid dermatitis, this condition can be a very annoying thing to deal with.
The skin on your eyes are found to be much thinner than the skin on the rest of your face, so when this thin layer of skin gets irritated, it can be very painful too.
When your eyelids start itching you need to refrain from wanting to rub and scratch at them as this will just make the problem ten times worse.
Some causes of itchy eyelids
- Your eyelids are easily irritated, due to this area being rubbed and touched frequently, especially if your hands are dirty.
- Allergic reactions “allergic contact dermatitis”
- Dry eye conditions can often cause dry skin on the eyelids as well
- Dry eyelids and/or itchy patches on eyelids
- A burning and/or itchy eyelid
- Swelling of the eyelids
- Flaky skin
Common eyelid irritants
- Contact with rubber or metal. There is sometimes also rubber in the makeup sponges and nickel in the eyelash curlers or tweezers that can cause irritation of the eyelids. Make your own natural makeup, click here.
- Extreme weather conditions such as extreme heat or cold.
- Contact with hair dye, bleaches, hair spray and even shampoo and nail polish.
- Perfumes and/or body sprays have been known to cause itchy flaky eyelids.
- Your bedding and dust mites ~ sometimes if you clean your pillows and give your mattress a good vacuum the problem with subside.
- Sensitivity to household cleaning agents that come into contact with your eyes. Some cleaning agents are so strong that your skin can get irritated just by coming near them. Also any other insecticides and chemicals used.
- Pollen in the air, grass, dog or cat hair and dust.
- Certain types of plants can cause irritation when coming into contact with them. Some include poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac.
- Certain types of medications can also cause eyelid irritation. Some include topical antibiotics, topical steroids and beta blockers.
- Newspaper print and carbon paper have also been found to irritate the skin of the eyes.
- Excessive rubbing of the skin can cause red dry itchy eyelids just because of the friction on the skin. Some people rub their eyes when they are over tired, try to avoid doing this.
- Heavy drinking and too much salt or sugar in your diet.
- Clean your face with a natural hypoallergenic face wash or soap for everyday eyelid care. List of natural cleansers here.
- Always use a moisturizer after cleansing. List of natural moisturizers here.
- Stay away from products with fragrances. Fragrances can cause red dry eyelids and stinging eyes. Always stick with natural products…with no added scent.
- Avoid salty, sugary foods. A detox could be a real help.
- Fresh Aloe Vera plant rubbed on the skin. Can be left on over night. It will reduce swelling and itching. Can also be applied several times during the day. You can buy the gel at your herbal shop too.
- A warm wet compress can relieve itchy swollen eyelids. Can be done a couple of times during the day.
- Sliced cucumber can be placed directly onto the eyelids. Rub in and leave on for about 20 minutes and rinse off.
- Cold milk can be applied to relive the pain of red itchy eyelids.
- Make your own Witch Hazel clay mask for sensitive under-eye treatment.
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