Derm DMs: Help! I Have Dry Skin on My Eyelids
There’s really no area of skin that’s immune to dryness, but it can be surprising to find dehydrated, flaky skin on your eyelids. Because the area is sensitive, it can also be tricky to treat. To find out what causes dry eyelids and how to address the issue, we consulted with Dr. Joshua Zeichner, a board-certified dermatologist based in New York City. Read on for his dry skin-fighting tips.
What Causes Dry Eyelids?
According to Dr. Zeichner, when you develop dryness on your eyelids (or anywhere on your body for that matter), the skin barrier has become disrupted, causing a 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.
How to Treat Dry Skin on Eyelids
If your eyelids are dry or irritated, it’s best to avoid applying cosmetic products like eye makeup on the area. “Keep the area moisturized by applying a no-frills moisturizer or ointment to form a protective seal over the skin,” Dr. Zeichner says. Look for products that are specifically formulated for the sensitive eye area, like the La Roche-Posay Toleriane Eye Cream.
If the dry skin on your eyelids does not improve after taking these steps, Dr. Zeichner recommends paying a visit to 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,” he says.