Derm DMs: Help! I Have Dry Skin on My Eyelids
Dry skin can plague all different parts of the body. Whether it be on your face, arms, neck, mouth or even more specifically, the eye area. When it comes to the latter, flaky skin can be especially annoying. We consulted with Director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research in Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital, Joshua Zeichner, M.D., about exactly how to address it. Here’s what you need to know.
Why Do Eyelids Tend to Get Dry?
According to Dr. Zeichner, when you develop dryness on your eyelids (or the rest of your body), the skin barrier has become disrupted with the loss of hydration. “Specifically for the eyelids, this is commonly caused by direct irritation or a true allergy from a product that touches the skin,” he says.
The Best Way to Address Dry Skin on Eyelids
When you have this type of irritation, it is best to avoid cosmetic products on this area, including eye makeup. “Keep the area moisturized by applying a bland moisturizer or ointment to form a protective seal over the skin,” Dr. Zeichner notes. It’s important to note that you should use products specifically made for the sensitive eye area, like the La Roche-Posay Toleriane Eye Cream.
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Keep It Gentle and Visit Your Derm
Additionally, if dry skin on your eyelids does not get better after taking these steps, Dr. Zeichner urges you to visit your dermatologist. “It could be possible that one of the skin-care products you are using is actually the culprit, so it’s best to get checked out.”