Eczema on the eyelid(s) is a condition which can lead to further eczema patches if it is not resolved. The nature of eczema is that it can spread so very easily to nearby neighbouring skin cells. The vital thing to remember about any skin condition, that this is a critical sign that the skin is in need of some urgent TLC.
The outer layer of the skin is composed of dead skin cells, devoid of a nucleus. This makes the outer layer of the skin easy prey to neighbouring infections. It is very important to protect these nearby skin cells, by lavishing the skin with the right kind of extra moisturising emollients, in order to maintain the surrounding skin's integrity.
The usual suspects/triggers to search for are fairly numerous, too stripping/astringent facial cleansers, and/or that they contain synthetic fragrances. The chances are that they do in fact contain both. Next stop is the type of eyeshadow you may be using. Mineral powder can create dry skin patches by leeching moisture from the skin for those that suffer with extreme sensitivity. The potential hitlist list goes on. It could be your mascara? Face cream and/or lotion? Perfume? What about laundry washing liquids/powders, as these are usually overloaded with synthetic fragrances that can easily irritate sensitive skin individuals. Indeed, there are many suspects to be on the look out for. Treating this condition is very easy, as long as you know how. The eyelid is more susceptible than any other area on the face, simply because the eye area is so very delicate and already prone to dryness. Our eyes receive a lot of attention, the lotions, potions and make up applied on a daily basis all add up and could contribute to irritations. Hayfever is another trigger. A needle in a haystack springs to mind when searching for sensitivity triggers!
However, there is good news, help is available. If the area is intensely itchy, dry, cracked and red/sore looking, try Lavera Intensive Treatment Cream as it contains shea butter and olive oil - also silver, which gives the cream an antiseptic quality, which is ideal if the skin is broken. These ingredients are great for calming sensitive skin and giving first class moisturisation to starved and upset skin. The Lavera Cream is full of essential fatty acids that skin requires to and keep skin fed with luscious vitamins and minerals. This tube is a very handy size to bring around with you. This is ideal as skin will need frequent applications throughout the day, as the skin will be thirsty. You can also use this Cream as a facial moisturiser too.
When the initial irritation, cracking and redness has dissipated on your eyelid, it is then a matter of skin care maintenance. The following products are our top favourites for sore and sensitive eyelids:
Primavera Calming Eye Contour Cream gently hydrates, soothes and helps prevent further eczema dry patches. This lightweight eye cream comforts the sensitive delicate skin around the eyes and delivers rich, supreme moisture while, a bonus, minimising the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The eye cream also smoothes and evens skin tone. The eye cream also helps to reduce redness from skin irritations.
For a really good alternative, let's say, an in between a balm and cream, shea butter makes an excellent choice! It is much lighter than a balm, but a bit more nourishing than a cream. Primavera Organic Shea butter was created for TLC special skin care. Hydrating and protecting; shea butter is the ultimate skin conditioner that helps restore elasticity, it can help to minimise stretch marks and may help many skin conditions including eczema and psoriasis. Primavera Organic Shea butter is an excellent organic butter due to its melting ability at body temperature which absorbs quickly into the skin leaving no greasy residue. So, would be an ideal choice if you want to get back to wearing make up again? Tip: to prolong the life of your eye cream, you can add a dab of shea butter into the mix, so you can get the best of both worlds, a cream with it's anti-ageing properties along with the shea butter's extra skin nourishing base.
Do you still require some help? Do you have questions? Would you like to share your story with us? We set up a Facebook page for Eczema, the idea behind this Eczema page is for me, Angie, to become more interactive with everyone who wants to know more. After providing one to one skin consultations for the past 10 years it is very obvious that upset skin is almost always caused by stress. So, I hope you enjoy our Eczema Facebook page in the spirit it was created, to ask your questions and for us all to share what we've learnt about our Eczema journeys! I can now say that I feel blessed that I suffered this horrible experience, from that nasty experience There Must Be a Better Way was born, and since 2004 I've chosen to help others with their skin discomforts. With love, Angie xx