Guide for The Natural Treatment of Eyelid Dermatitis

Eyelid Eczema

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By Laura Dolgy (bio below)

Do you ever experience itchy or swollen eyelids? Although eyelid eczema/eyelid dermatitis can be caused by a variety of external or internal factors, most cases are characterized by itching, stinging and/or burning. It is also quite common to experience red, swollen or flaky skin as well.

If you’re suffering from this inflammatory condition, we’re here to help you heal your eczema both naturally and safely.

Please keep in mind that although these treatments can relieve eczema, we are in no way medical professionals. If you’re experiencing severe eczema symptoms like fever or an infection, it is best to seek medical advice immediately.

Prior to discussing tips and recommendations for eczema on eyelids, it’s important to first discuss why this type of eczema occurs.

Atopic Dermatitis vs Atopic Contact Dermatitis vs. Irritant Contact Dermatitis

If you are experiencing red, itchy eyelid, flaky skin or skin irritation around the eyes due to topical exposure to certain metals, personal care products or pet dander, then you are most likely suffering from atopic contact dermatitis. This essentially means that your eye eczema is triggered from exposure to a topical allergen.

Alternatively, irritant contact dermatitis is an eye rash that is triggered by a specific irritant such as chemicals, solvents, adhesives and very hot or cold temperatures. The irritant can enter the eye area, cause friction and damage leading to temporary discomfort and redness.

If you can determine that neither of the above types of contact dermatitis relate to your flare up, then you likely have atopic dermatitis. This is an internal reaction expressed through the skin and often triggered by things like stress, consuming certain foods, seasonal or environmental allergies, etc.

Although these types of dermatitis may be triggered differently, their symptoms are quite similar.

It’s best to get a physician’s diagnosis to properly diagnosis your skin condition just to be sure. Your eye area is very sensitive and we don’t recommend taking any chances.

Symptoms of Eyelid Eczema/Eyelid Dermatitis

If you already suffer from eyelid dermatitis, then you probably already know the uncomfortable and annoying symptoms associated with the condition.

These include:

  • Changes in eye appearance (i.e. an extra fold of skin above or under the eye, eyelids darken)
  • Inflamed, red eyelids
  • Scaly or flaking skin
  • Itching

Although rare, those suffering from atopic eyelid eczema can also experience complications such as cataracts, spontaneous retinal detachment and scarring.

To best avoid these complications, it is always best to seek medical attention immediately, once symptoms are difficult to handle. It’s also important to make sure not to rub or scratch the area in order to avoid skin infections and eye problems as mentioned above.

How to Heal Eyelid Eczema

As stated prior, it’s important to never scratch your eye eczema. Scratching can cause further harm not only to the skin, but to your eye as well.

If you are suffering from eyelid eczema due to irritants, then your first step should be asking yourself what might be the main cause of your eczema:

  • Do my eyes itch or swell after I pet my dog, cat, etc?
  • Do my eyes tear and/or itch when I use a certain type of mascara, eye shadow or eyeliner?
  • Do my eyes change in appearance based on temperature?
  • Have I gotten an insect bite on or near my eyelid recently?

If you are able to answer at least one of these questions, then treatment is quite simple. Think about removing the allergen or irritant that might be causing your eczema to trigger.

Obviously, getting rid of your pet might seem a little drastic, but try to keep their dander/saliva away from your eyelids. Perhaps wash your hands immediately after petting them or keep your face at a distance (depending on how severe the eczema is). Keeping them off your bed and sofa and anywhere you may rest your head is a good idea as well.

Alternatively, if you cannot identify the source of your eczema, then your condition might need a little more care.

Treatments for Eyelid Eczema 

Eyelid Creams         

There are thousands of eyelid creams that can be found in stores; however, many are made with unsafe, harsh ingredients.

Because eyelid skin tends to be thinner and more sensitive, it’s best to opt for products that are more natural in order to fully soothe your eczema and not irritate your eye further.

Our editor’s favorite product for the eyes or face or anywhere on the body is the Organic Manuka Skin Soothing Cream. Keep in mind this is a creamy balm so it’s very thick and rich and a little goes a long way. Some people who are used to light facial lotions, may find this product too heavy and may prefer our next suggestion.

Gentle and natural is just what is required and that’s why we love Calendula Eczema Cream for Face. This cream is both gentle and cooling, as it contains both Organic Calendula flowers and Organic Aloe juice. It contains Dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE), a natural supplement that is anti-inflammatory in nature and also provides skin firming and anti-aging benefits as well.

To gently cleanse the eyes and face, be sure to check out this natural Organic Calendula Face Wash. Similar to the ingredients in the cream mentioned above, this face wash is gentle with its blend of soothing herbs and will help calm red, inflamed skin. It’s also an excellent face wash for extremely sensitive skin. The wash and cream work really well together.

Wet or Dry Wrap Therapy

If you’re experiencing extremely itchy and inflamed eczema, then you can always try adapting wet or dry wrap therapy for eczema around the eyes.

Both wet and dry wrap therapy are common processes used among eczema sufferers and can be used as a short-term fix for moderate to severe eczema. To read more about these methods, make sure to check out both our blog posts: Our Eczema Trials – Wet Wrap Therapy And Our Eczema Trials: Dry Wrapping.

Instead of using body bands or clothing, feel free to use bandages or cut out strips of clothing to drape over the eyes. Or easier yet, try these Remedywear Eye Masks for Adults and Kids that provide gentle soothing relief to irritated, puffy eyes. NEVER use cortisone or a pro-topic medication for this method. The eyelids are extremely sensitive and you do not want to risk damaging your eyes.

Elimination Diet

Lastly, if you feel like you have tried everything and have been unsuccessful, perhaps it is time to look at what foods may be triggering your eye eczema.

Many eczema sufferers have found relief and treatment by simply changing their diet.

If you think your eyelid eczema might be triggered by food, then we suggest checking out our post: Our Eczema Elimination Diet Success (How You Can Do it Too!). An elimination diet is essentially removing certain foods from your diet for a specific time period and then reintroducing them slowly to determine which foods are causing a reaction.

Do you suffer from eyelid eczema?

Let us know how you treat it in the comments below!

Bio: Laura is a contributor and content developer for It’s An Itchy Little World. She is in no way a medical professional. Her comments, suggestions, and reflections are not intended to replace any medical advice. Always seek the help of a medical professional before undertaking any diet or lifestyle changes. Please see It’s An Itchy Little World’s disclaimer for information about affiliate links and more.

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  1. Anonymous on February 6, 2018 at 4:25 pm

    OMG- I woke up with an itchy eye, extra skin fold and redness.
    It happens every couple of weeks. Usually overnight.


    • Jennifer Roberge on February 12, 2018 at 8:16 pm

      Hi Maureen – Definitely give our tips a try and work with your health practitioner in looking into triggers.

  2. Jyothish on February 27, 2018 at 1:54 am

    Good blog. Eyelid Eczema, not a disease that makes you worry. Nowadays Eyelid Eczemas, not an issue. Many people got complete cure from Eyelid Eczema and enjoying Normal life now.You can treat it through Ayurveda. Try Ayurveda medicines that completely cures Eyelid Eczema without any side effects.

    • Tessa on July 10, 2018 at 6:28 am

      Where can you buy Ayurveda medicines? Is that the name of the medicine for Eyelid Eczema? Thanks !

  3. Monica on July 13, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    Hi. Every night I wash my face with aveeno clear complexion foam wash, then apply eucerin cream to my eyelids and under my eyes and rub it in before bed. THEn a thin layer of Vaseline on top. This REDUCES THE URGE TO ITCH in my sleep. And keeps the area moist. In the morning after I wash my face I spray rosewater lightly over my entire face and eyelids. THEN apply palms moisturizer. It has helped me IMMENSELY and I want to share with everyone. Please try this method.

  4. Nicky on July 15, 2018 at 5:49 am

    I have really bad eyelid eczema and i cant get rid of it , i just dont no what to do anymore its making me really depressed

    • Jennifer Roberge on July 17, 2018 at 11:22 am

      Hi Nicky – Oh no, I’m so sorry to hear this. Eczema is tough, but that’s why we have a whole section dedicated to the Emotional Impact of Eczema. Have you looked into your diet? Or considered possible allergens?

    • Lisa S. on October 3, 2019 at 9:04 am

      I am having the same problem! I have been dealing with this for months now and have been to the dermatologist numoerous times with no success. I have used ointments and steriods which only temporarily fixed the problem. I too am getting depressed and it’s affecting my life daily.

  5. Eczema hater on July 18, 2018 at 11:59 pm

    I’ve been using Manuka honey on my 7 year old eye eczema for the past week. It cleared up a lot. Spread a thin layer all around her eye and on the lids. Left it on for 30 min and then washed it off. We used a Manuka honey brand rated UMF 15+. Highly recommend.

  6. Megan on August 19, 2018 at 3:39 am

    Will the wrinkles caused by the ezcema go away? Does anyone know if or how long this takes :(. Feeling really hopeless.

    • Valleygirl on November 23, 2018 at 11:13 pm

      I am worried about if the wrinkles will go away too. I look like I’ve aged a good 10 years over a few weeks.

      • Risharne on May 8, 2019 at 3:01 pm

        I have also looked live I’ve aged so much overnight. Have all these puffy wrinkly bits on my eye and its so dang itchy!

  7. Priscilla Peralta on August 21, 2018 at 10:27 am

    Hi, that was torturing me too. I’ve been going to the dermathologist for weeks now. Ten days ago I realized the only thing I’m always exposed to in large amounts is coffe (I usually drink about 5 big coffee mugs per day). I absolutely LOVE coffe but I will do anything it takes in order to feel better. Long story short I’ve been drinking less than a cup per day (to deal with the headache due to lack of caffeine) and my skin is nicer than ever! or at least I it’s the nicest it has looked in more than a year. It feels soft and healthy and the wrinkles have disappeared! I don’t know for sure if coffee is the reason why I’ve been feeling so miserable for so long, and I don’t know if I’ll have a flare up again for some reason, but all I know is that I’m feeling great and the eternal doubt of wether or not the wrinkles would be on my face for ever is gone.

    • Mday on July 13, 2019 at 12:37 pm

      Oh no!!! Coffee is my bff. I don’t drink much, but I kinda feel like I need it in my life. I’ve eliminated most everything else in my diet that I can think of as a possible culprit. Originally, I thought a certain soap was causing my itchy, burning and swollen under eyelid skin, but I just can’t get rid of it! It does make you feel miserable and look tired and aged. My GP said it’s not eczema, but really didn’t spend much time even looking. I may just have to try breaking up with coffee. 😞

  8. Julie Ann on October 2, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    Eyelid eczema is the worst! I had it for years, finally did a dermatologist allergy patch test, found out I’m allergic to CHROMIUM which is an ingredient in my favorite Origins Ginsing Mascara, which I stopped using and almost never get eyelid eczema any more! I wear little makeup, but thought Origins (being plant based) would naturally be non allergenic, then come to find out I’m allergic to a naturally occurring substance. Chromium is not necessarily harmful, it’s just harmful to me.

  9. Georgie Chavez on October 16, 2018 at 6:33 pm

    I have had eczema on my eyelids for about 10 years. Nothing works. I’ve tried everything. It sometimes goes away on the right side but never on the left. Its always there. I’ve tried diets, creams you name it. I’m so uncomfortable. I mostly don’t wear makeup anymore. Only on special occasions. I just got engaged and I would like to look normal when I get married.

  10. Wen on November 8, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    My brother has a condition the last two months that gives him a watery eye with skin slightly scaly. The two doctors he saw don’t know what it is. They gave him drops that have had no effect. It is not pinkeye. The scaly skin on his lids has now begun on his cheek and his opposite side temple. Can you suggest where to look for answers? My net search hasn’t helped. Thank you.

    • Jennifer Roberge on November 9, 2018 at 12:04 pm

      Hi Wen –

      Is it possible he’s reacting to something he is using on his face or on his eyes? I would look for more doctors to help with a proper diagnosis. Maybe an allergist too in case he’s reacting to something.

  11. Valleygirl on November 20, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    Anyone have tips for getting the swelling down? It’s sooo bad. Just ordered the face cream for starters but decided I am not happy with Drs advice to “try” an antibacterial eye ointment. There is no infection. Just inflamed. And itchy.

    • Jennifer Roberge on November 22, 2018 at 1:40 pm

      Have you tried cold compresses to help with the swelling?

      • Valleygirl on November 23, 2018 at 11:12 pm

        Yes I do this on and off as I am able to. Just ordered an eye mask I thought I could chill as well. Hoping this comes to an end soon.

        • Berween on July 19, 2019 at 9:08 am

          Please if u find any solution for the swollen eyelids let me know i just deel depressing becouse of that

  12. Muriel on February 9, 2019 at 5:27 am

    I have been told by doctor i have dermatitis in eyelids , she gave me cortisone cream did not help now epaderm but no better wild the calendula or outs help ?

  13. Meg on February 12, 2019 at 6:58 am

    I’ve had eye eczema for about 7 yrs now. I have good days and bad, mostly because of the weather. I’ve had eczema all my life somewhere on my body….I’m 58. Like others, cortisone does not work.
    If I find something that starts to work well, it doesn’t seem to last long. So far, Cerve cream and Vaseline keep it at bay. But stress makes my eyes itch and it’s hard to get them healed. I’ve been trying different probiotics hoping it will get the immune system in line …no luck so far. Anyone else try probiotics?
    It’s depressing for sure! Sometimes they are so red and weepy I look like a devil.. But I still get out there and as long as I dont see myself in a mirror, I kind of forget about it. Remember, life is short and there are worse things to have…. 🙂

  14. Lauren on February 25, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    I’m new to the eyelid eczema game- mine just started about a month ago… it’s been a lot colder here than it usually is, and for much longer. I haven’t changed any of my facial products, or been exposed to different contaminants. No change in diet, either, so climate was the next logical solution. I was so worried what I had was fungal! I’m actually kind of relieved, as I’ve been treating my 6yo’s eczema (legs and arms) for a few years now. We will do a coconut oil spray on the really bad days (I think the brand is YES to… In this case, YES to coconut). He will NOT let me put cream on him since the last time we tried that with the Aveeno colloidal oatmeal, it ended up stinging really badly. The spray is cold, but I imagine that might feel nice on a facial dermatitis. Especially an itchy variety!
    I use Cera Ve face wash, it’s very gentle and I haven’t had any side effects from it. I follow up with rose tonic and rose water spray from Pixi by Petra. All three products came from Target, and are under $15. I had samples of Clarins multi-active day cream and multi-active night cream. Those worked so well, my eyes looked fairly normal for a day or two! However, I couldn’t justify buying two lotions for $200. Yikes!
    My regular skin care regime (see above) has worked fairly well, but I still have an insane amount of itching and dry, cracked skin. I have incorporated neosporin gel as a 3xdaily routine. I use it all around my eyes, and that has kept the worst at bay. I think I will try switching to a calendula or manuka based cream and see how well it goes. Thanks for all the info- very helpful and interesting!

    • Donna on May 21, 2019 at 12:48 pm

      Lauren, I have eyelid dermatitis, too, and I’m searching for relief and the healing of it. I’ve heard that you should never use Neosporin creams around your eyes because it can cause blindness! The best thing I have found for drying, flacking, and cracking of skin is to rub on a thin film of Reviva Labs Vitamin E Stick. It looks like a lipstick and it’s for lips and eye areas. I got it from The Vitamin Shoppe. It works great to lubricate and it’s the only thing that doesn’t irritate my eyes. I will wipe any excess off with a tissue . It helps with itching and burning, too. Hope this helps!

  15. Joanna on March 9, 2019 at 8:53 pm


    My 5yr old daughter gets eczema on her lower eyelid. The skin gets red, itchy, dry and swollen. When I take her to the dr. they give me steroid creams which clear it up while we use it but the eczema comes back when we stop applying it. Any advice? She also gets the eczema on her neck and cheeks.

  16. Tara on March 25, 2019 at 1:39 pm

    I’ve been using pure raw coconut oil to wash and moisturize my face. Decided to go to a dermatologist to see if there was more I could do since it seems to come and go with stress and such. They prescribed an ointment called Eucrisa. Be warned! I had an immediate reaction! My skin was burning and stinging. I washed it off in seconds and it’s still burning the next day. I put coconut oil on it right away but the damage is done. Now I’m waiting for it to calm down. As of right now coconut oil is all I trust. I may try pure aloe as well.

  17. Maria Gonzalez-Adams on March 27, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    I was recently diagnosed with nickel, chrome, blue dye, fragrance I&II and so many other things along with textiles and preservatives. I gone through over 29 years of my eyes literally peeling, itching, scaling, red & swollen, blurry vision, leaking, and burning ( all which is so painful) I’ve woken up in the morning either with discharge, swollen shut and or black eyes from all the allergies I haves. I have asthma and get frequent bronchitis. I suffer with over seven skin diseases. Some of which have been contributed by my allergies. I get a lot of painful soars in my mouth and nostrils that are also caused by my many allergies. I get lots of migraines as well. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms please see an allergist. They will determine if you need to have a special patch test done. I’m just so frustrated. I can’t barely eat anything. I don’t know what to do. I’m use to eating lots of fruits and vegetables. I don’t eat junk food or fried foods. But now what do I eat? I’m in desperate need of a good nutritionist that knows about the allergies that I have. I have Diabetes which has been maintained very well. I don’t want to mess my progress up because of this diet. I’m not able to use toothpaste, hair products, any kind of lip balm or lotions and or moisturizers. I can only use plain vaseline. I have bad flare ups. I tried to research what foods not to eat and what to eat but It’s so limited. Help I’m in need of advice!

  18. Dana on May 9, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    I developed eyelid eczema while on vacation in the Bahamas almost 11 weeks ago. My right eyelid has only flared up maybe once or twice, but my left eyelid has consistently been flared up on a daily basis. When I say flared up, I mean I get the extra fold on my upper eyelid. It is so uncomfortable and is making my anxiety levels skyrocket! My eye doctor suggested using Alaway eye drops which seems to help a little, but not completely. Has anyone tried Lotemax? Another suggestion by my eye doctor, but I am skeptical since it is a steroid. Has anyone experience a flare up for this long? I am starting to get worried.

  19. Melissa on May 23, 2019 at 4:32 am

    Im new to this condition and was relieved that it was not Lupus. I know mine is environmental because I went from working midnights inside in the AC, to working outside during the day in the heat. So now it’s learning how to control the flare ups.

  20. Berween on July 19, 2019 at 9:18 am

    Hi please iam desprate for help it is been one year naw every week i wake up with swollen eyelids and itchy and red wyes i went to eye specialist he said it is allergies u have to go to allergon specilist i went and he said u dont have allergy only little bit to dust mite
    Naw i had wnough iave been taking anti histamine every day plus patanol eye deops 2 rimes plus lubricant eye deops mothinh help iam asthmatic as well
    Please help me if u know any remedy please

  21. Victoria on October 16, 2019 at 4:02 am

    I have suffered dry itchy red skin on my eyelids for 8 months. Not only is it painful but looks terrible. Saw a GP and two eye drs that all diagnosed blepharitis. Eye drops and oral steroids. None of it worked. Started using Eucrisa and almost overnight it’s ALL gone! Burns terribly at first but hang in there, burning ceases after 3rd day. It’s all gone but will continue treatment for at least a month. My miracle cream!!

  22. Stacey on October 19, 2019 at 4:32 pm

    I just recently (this year around April/May) started having eye issues. It first started as irritation around the eyes, then progressed to burning and leaking constantly. Following the burning and leaking I started to wake up with swollen eyes and with flakey patches all around the eyes. Then one day I woke up and my eyes were not only swollen shut but had cuts on the eye lids (I feel that the cuts were because my eyes swelled up so much that it stretched the skin enough to tear). I rarely use make-up and if I do its usually just mascara, I use Neutrogena Hypoallergenic brand, which I have been using since I started wearing make-up, and I have not changed any products that I have been using basically forever to clean my face.
    Within the past two years I have started having issues with patches of blisters that turn into severe itchy dry patches with peeling skin on one of my legs and on the back of my hairline. The Dermatologist stated that I have Psoriasis and all the creams and lotions that he prescribed do not fix the issue. The only relief I get with Psoriasis is light therapy and it seemed like the light (sun) was making my eyes worse. Just after my eyes were getting worse by the day I heard there was a recall on eyedrops from Walmart and CVS, which I happened to get my eyedrops from Walmart and immediately returned the drops and talked to the pharmacist and showed him a picture of my eyes during the morning before I use a baby wipe to gently wash my eyes so I can open them. He said the eyedrops would not have caused the issues I was experiencing and should see a doctor immediately, which of course I did. Nothing they have advised me (which is basically every item listed here on this website) and nothing worked.
    One day I was so fed up that I decided to try something that may or may not work but I was tired of going everywhere (even during the night) with sunglasses on to hide my eyes that looked like someone beat me up, I was tired of the burning, and I was starting to look at least ten years older than what I am. I use Blistex for my lips when they are dry and flaky so I thought I would try it (why not, everything else was failing), so I put the liquid on a Q-tip (not the stick type) on my eye lids and under my eyes. Yes, it does have menthol in it and so my eyes watered up and stung a little (nothing compared to the burning I experienced daily) and there was an improvement after a couple of uses, so I continued to use Blistex daily and nightly. My daughter commented on how much better my eyes looked and now if I do not use the Blistex it comes back with a vengeance. I know this is an unconventional method but it is the only thing I have found that helps. Hopefully, someone will come up with a product that will fix the issue without the burning I experience using Blistex

  23. Kaise kare on October 27, 2019 at 5:33 am

    Some skin & auto-immune conditions are directly gut-related. Cutting out common allergens, supplementing with a routine of HCL, digestive enzymes, super duper probiotics & vitamins over time has helped my skin, energy and lifestyle tremendously

  24. Jasmin on November 7, 2019 at 9:21 am

    I suffer from eyelid eczema. Vegan diet really helps cure it. Also found Instagram of a woman who started vegan diet on their children’s who had eczema it’s @ullenka_
    She has before after pictures of her children. And other people who started doing it. She also posts recipes.
    Maybe worth it checking out! 🙂

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