According to the American Academy of Dermatology, more than 15 million Americans are affected by eczema. Eczema is also called dermatitis, and it is a very chronic skin disease. Eczema often occurs around the eye area and causes serious redness, itchiness and discomfort.
If you are one of those people affected by eczema or dermatitis, there is no doubt that you will want to get rid of it as soon as possible. Fortunately, there are some easy and fast ways to do this. Read more about getting rid of eczema around the eye area in the article below.
What Is Eczema and Why Does It Occur?
Eczema is a skin disorder that can happen anywhere on the body, but it often happens around the eye area because the skin there is very thin and delicate. The skin disorder is characterized by dry, itchy skin that gets inflamed on a regular basis. The skin may crack, weep, scale or swell. When this happens around the eyes, people tend to rub the area, and this can be potentially very dangerous, leading to possible infections.
1. Try a Few Routine Changes First
Below you will find many ways to get rid of eczema around the eye areas, but before you start looking into over the counter creams and natural remedies, there may be some even simpler things that you can do to try and get rid of eczema around the eyes.
First, consider changing your current facial care and makeup routine. Because eczema is often caused by mild or severe allergic reactions to makeups and other skincare products, changing your products or routine could potentially get rid of your eczema problem for you.
Chemicals and fragrances can be seriously irritating, so try changing to all natural products and avoid parabens when possible. You might even try not washing your face so often. This is especially true during the cold winter months.
2. Try Natural Home Remedies Next
There are a few great ways to treat eczema around the eyes with natural solutions.
- First, remember to try changing up your skincare routine. Some of the products you’re using could be harmful.
- If that doesn’t work, try cool compresses. This is simply cool water on a wash cloth. Hold the cloth over your eyes to ease the discomfort of swelling, itching and cracking.
- You may also want to try some natural moisturizers. The first one to try is jojoba oil. Make sure it is organic. Jojoba oil is a natural oil that comes from the jojoba tree. This oil is wonderful because it provides tons of moisture, but it is non comedogenic, so it won’t clog up your pores and cause breakouts of acne.
- Lastly, consider an avocado mask. Simply mush an avocado into a bowl and apply it around the eyes. Wait 10 minutes because lightly rinsing the avocado off and patting dry with a clean towel.
3. Go for Over the Counter Products
There are a few over the counter eye creams that may be able to help you with your eczema around the eyes.
First, try an over the counter, low dose corticosteroid cream. There are many different versions of this product available in drugstores or online, or you can talk to your dermatologist about prescribing you a very strong version that can’t be found in drugstores.
- Normally, these creams are used for eczema on other areas of the body, so only use a little bit around the eyes because again, this skin is very thin and delicate. You need to be gentle with it. In addition, because this skin is right near your eyes, you need to be very careful that the cream does not go into the eye. The cream can potentially reduce the itchiness, redness and pain in this area of the face. It can also reduce swelling, so it makes a great remedy for this problem.
If you do use an over the counter, low dose corticosteroid cream, make sure to remember that The American Academy of Dermatology warns of a possible link between an increased risk of cataracts and the use of this cream around the delicate eye area.
- Normally, the cream should be used 3 to 4 times per day, but if you want to reduce your risks of cataracts and other eye issues, it might be smarter to reduce the number of times you use the cream to 1 or 2 times a day.
If this cream doesn’t work for you or if you want to try something different, an antihistamine medication might be right up your alley.
- These can be used especially with the itching associated with eczema gets severe. Remember, however, that any antihistamine medication will make you get drowsy and feel very sleepy, so it’s best to take this medication before going to bed so that you reduce the risk of falling asleep at inopportune times.
4. Stay Away From Dangerous Light Therapy
Although some dermatologists may say that light therapy can work for eczema anywhere on the body, it really is only safe for areas other than around the eyes. On the arms, hands or stomach, light therapy can do wonders for getting rid of eczema and its uncomfortable symptoms of rash and pain. But around the eyes, light therapy can be very dangerous. This is why it is usually not recommended for use on eczema around the eyes.
5. Talk to a Dermatologist
Finally, you should consider talking to a dermatologist if the eczema around your eyes persists. This is important because the itching and rubbing that you may do around your eyes can cause serious infections that can lead to eyelash and eyebrow loss as well as possible vision issues.
Remember that this should not be an embarrassing problem. It is a matter of health and comfort that should be addressed as soon as possible. Instead of risking the serious problems that could be associated with eczema around the eyes, try the remedies above first, and if this doesn’t work, talk to your dermatologist.
Overall, I hope you enjoy this article, and as always, I look forward to hearing your thoughts below.