What Are We Dealing With Here?
There are a myriad of causes that lead to dry skin either enveloping or appearing in isolated patches on the eyelid. Fortunately, beyond being conspicuous and aesthetically unpleasant these skin conditions are rarely serious, and can be treated (although not entirely cured in all cases) with lotions and natural home remedies. In any case, an on.site medical diagnosis is the sure-fire way to know the nature of your enemy, short of that, keep reading.
Due to nature of these conditions, and the numerous symptoms and causes, I am going to begin by attempting to narrow our search via some self-diagnosis. I will later expand upon the remedies the more common ailments have swift access to.
Most dry-skin conditions are exacerbated by the natural sensitivity of the eyelid. Symptoms can include:
- Sore, inflamed, redness
- Flaky (which can improve and regress)
- Burning feeling
Some Generic Self-Diagnosis
In order to better understand what kind of condition we're dealing with, let's ask ourselves the following questions and rule each out as it no longer applies.
Allergies - Have you recently changed or bought a new product? These could include:
- Hair Dye (if you have, look out for the ingredient p-Phenylenediamine -- a well known hyper-allergenic substance)
- Facial Cleansers
- Insect bites
Various Kinds of Common Dermatitis and Skin conditions (require medical diagnosis to be absolutely certain, nevertheless home remedies won't hurt your chances)
- Blepharitis - accompanied by a distinct swelling of the eyelids caused by bacteria.
- Seborrheic Dermatitis - Can be triggered via stress.
- Atopic Dermatitis - A reaction to environmental allergens leading to red, flaky and very itchy.
- Eyelid Dermatitis - If something you are allergic too comes into direct contact with the eyelid.
Other Common Causes
- Psoriasis - A dermatologist will be necessary to provide you with adequate and targeted treatment.
- The weather - Sun exposure or a mere changing of the seasons can lead to dermatitis.
Some Easy Solutions You Can Try
Aloe Vera gel is a popular risk-free remedy for most eyelid woes due to its many wonderful soothing and anti-bacterial properties. Use this topically as you would a moisturizer. Relief is almost immediate. Alternatively, almost any moisturizer will help hydrate the skin and lessen the irritation.
While there are many facial creams and moisturizers, don't forget to try hand salves as well. Most dry skin conditions are carried over from the hands and lead to a vicious cycle where germs are continuously passed to the eyelid because it itches. Hand salves will reduce the risk in accidental scratching.
There are reports that herbal infusions made from common house-hold ingredients such as Roman chamomile, allantoin, rosemary, green tea, cucumber, cornflower and goat milk can have beneficial effects. I cannot independently verify this claim but it may be worth a shot.
If all else fails, a trip to your local or family dermatologist is the simplest (although costly) and most effective way to deal with the problem. Thank you very much for reading this article! While I may not have solved the problem, I hope I was of some help to you.
Mike on February 05, 2012:
I have this condition and my doctor advised using a 'polytar' or coal tar shampoo such as Neutrogena T/Gel along with applying some over-the-counter cortisone topical ointment. Back to normal after 4-5 days..
James Nelmondo (author) from Rome, Italy on July 21, 2011:
Rose Frankie on July 21, 2011:
Nice informative Hub
James Nelmondo (author) from Rome, Italy on July 17, 2011:
Thanks for the feedback guys, Moon: glad to see you nailed it.
Victor Mavedzenge from Oakland, California on July 17, 2011:
Good information.Thanks for sharing,as a typical man, I get stunted when it comes to skin care.This will come in handy at some point
moonlake from America on July 17, 2011:
I had this problem with dry skin on my eye lids never had it before. I figured out it was a new shampoo I was using.