Laura Dolgy (see bio below)
Similarly to eyelid eczema, many people suffer from eczema around the eye. Because the area around the eye is more sensitive and thinner than other parts of the face, it can be a little difficult to find a treatment that is both natural and sensitive enough to use on the eyes.
Today we hope to make it much easier for you. Read on to learn 5 tips on how you can heal eczema around the eye 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.
Symptoms of Eczema Around the Eye
Eczema around the eye can be quite annoying and uncomfortable. Not to mention that it can affect vision if the area is swollen and irritated. Similarly to eyelid eczema, symptoms of eczema around the eye include:
- Stinging or burning
- Dryness, crusting or flaking
- Leaking from eyes
Although rare, those who suffer from eczema around the eye or eczema around eyelids can experience complications such as cataracts, spontaneous retinal detachment and scarring.
The area around the eye, eyelids and eyebrow area are extremely sensitive and fragile. It’s always best to visit a practitioner to get a proper diagnosis to avoid complications.
Causes of Eczema Around the Eye
To determine what might be causing the eczema around your eye, you should ask yourself the following:
- Do my eyes itch, swell, leak or become red after petting dogs, cats, other animals?
- Are certain beauty products like soap, makeup, facial cleanser or even shampoo affecting my eyes?
- Do I have swollen, itchy or dry eyes when the temperature changes?
By determining one of these triggers, the journey into healing your eye eczema will be far easier. Remember though – some other allergens like food or fabrics can irritate the skin around the eyes as well.
Treatment of Eczema Around the Eye
As mentioned previously, it’s important to use products that are sensitive and safe enough to use around the eyes.
These eczema creams and cleansers are perfect for treating eczema around the eye and eczema around eyelids:
Calendula Facial Cream—keeps eye area nourished and fully moisturized. Its a combination of soothing herbs, aloe vera juice, coconut oil and calendula flowers that offers a cooling and soothing sensation while reducing itching and minimizing scars. Also offers wound healing properties.
Organic Calendula Face Wash—best for gently cleansing eyes and face. Unlike soaps and cleansers, this face wash will not strip the skin of its oils and will provide a soothing and cooling effect with its gel like consistency.
Organic Manuka Skin Soothing Cream—sensitive to use on all body parts and works great for facial and eye eczema too. Its six basic organic ingredients (olive oil, manuka honey, manuka oil, grapeseed oil, beeswax, and filtered water) nourish dry and itchy skin, while offering antibacterial properties. A little goes a long way, especially on the eyes!
Wet wrapping around the eye—skin that’s overly dry or sensitive might need some extra care. Try wet wrapping around the eye with either bandages, cotton swabs or strips of clothing. Just remember that all wrapping products should be made with natural fibers and free of synthetic dyes or nasties. Make sure to NEVER use steroidal medication for this method. The eyes are extremely sensitive and you do not want to risk damage to the eyes.
Sometimes it’s not enough to just treat eczema externally. Many eczema sufferers have found relief through an elimination diet by identifying food allergies or sensitives that might be causing their eczema to flare. If you suffer from eczema around the eye or eczema around eyelids, we suggest checking out our post: Our Eczema Elimination Diet Success (How You Can Do it Too!).
Do you suffer from eczema around the eyes? Let us know how you find relief 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.