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How to care for eczema around eyes

Eczema can be uncomfortable wherever it appears on the body. Your eyes are one of the most sensitive and vulnerable parts of the body though, so you’ll want to make sure you treat the skin condition right here. Irritated skin around your eyes and eczema on eyelids can also make wrinkles appear more prominent. Read on for our recommendations on how to avoid getting eczema around eyes and how to soothe the skin if you do.

How do I know if I have eczema on my eyes?

Many rashes can look like eczema, so it’s always important to consult a dermatologist to correctly diagnose any skin condition. Dry, inflamed or itchy skin near the eye may be a result of eczema, also known as dermatitis. Some types can also cause blisters on your body.

What causes it?

You may be born with a greater chance of developing atopic eczema if there’s a history of dermatitis in the family. This isn’t the case for everyone though. Contact eczema can be triggered by a number of environmental factors such as the cosmetics you use, outdoor pollutants, airborne allergens or even the weather. Stress can also exacerbate it.

How to soothe eczema on eyelids

While some forms of eczema are chronic, there are things you can do to avoid a flare-up. Avoid dramatic changes in temperature – your skin can dry out if it’s too hot or too cold. Similarly, avoid hot showers or baths in favour of lukewarm temperatures that won’t strip your skin of essential oils and moisture. Air drying or gently patting your skin dry rather than rubbing can also prevent irritation.

When it comes to the products you use, remember to always check the labels and learn what ingredients, if any, irritate your skin and can trigger eczema under eyes. Choose gentle and non-foaming cleansers that keep your skin clear of impurities and moisturise every day and straight after a bath to lock in moisture.

The products we recommend for sensitive skin:

Our La-Roche Posay Toleriane range has been designed with sensitive skin in mind.

Our sterile, Toleriane Single-Dose Makeup Remover dissolves makeup without rubbing. Its anti-contamination, single-dose packaging also makes it suitable for sensitive eyes. Soak a cotton pad before pressing onto a closed eyelid and gently wiping. Use a new cotton pad for each eye.

Enriched with Glycerine and La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water, Toleriane Dermo-Cleanser Wipe-Off Milk helps to instantly soothe and cleanse sensitive skin on your face. It’s also suitable for ultra-sensitive and allergy prone skin and removes impurities and makeup without stripping skin.

Our new Toleriane Dermallergo Eyes is a daily repair eye cream enriched with Neurosensine, Niacinamide and Thermal Spring Water. Its fast-absorbing formula helps to repair your skin barrier and hydrate skin for up to 48 hours. Dab with a light pressure all over the eye socket and eye contour to alleviate signs of discomfort and sensitivity such as dryness and tightness.

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