‘Tis the Season for Red, Flaky Eyelids?

January 17, 2012 | posted by Justin Skeesuck

During the change of seasons, especially fall into winter, many people experience irritation, redness and flakiness around the eyelid area.  You may be surprised to know that it’s actually not usually attributed to a skin product reaction or a symptom of dry skin.

The main causes of flaky eyelids are seborrheic dermatitis and allergies.  Other common triggers include toluene or formaldehyde found in some nail polishes, perfumes and room fragrances.  Fortunately, neither of these types of ingredients is in Epionce products.

Product irritation should be considered, so individuals with sensitive eyelids should avoid shimmery shadows.  Many sparkly shadows contain rough particles and fish scales to produce a sparkly effect.  Also consider throwing out all eye makeup (especially mascara) and starting over – at least everything you have been using from the time the irritation started, and especially if it is not mineral makeup (pure minerals do not harbor bacteria).  Thoroughly wash all eye makeup tools with cool to warm (not hot) water and gentle shampoo (Lytic Gel Cleanser is ideal for cleaning makeup brushes), then air dry on a clean towel.  Makeup brushes need to be thoroughly cleansed preferably once a week – but more likely, at LEAST once a month.

Instead of Milky Lotion Cleanser, try carefully cleansing the eye area with Lytic Gel Cleanser (just as we would cleanse an area of seborrheic dermatitis).  Keep the eyes tightly closed, so the cleanser does not get into the immediate eyeball area.  Then apply a thin layer of Medical Barrier Cream to soothe and calm irritation.  Seborrheic dermatitis comes from oily areas of the skin, and is usually found in areas on the scalp, along the hairline and around the eyebrows.

The red, flaky eyelid question tends to be more common around this time of year, and more than likely, it is caused environmental allergies and not the products you are using.  If the irritation persists, refer to a dermatologist for further consultation.