Eczema is a general term, also known as dermatitis, that describes a dry, itchy inflammation of the skin that can result in rashes, scaly patches, blisters and skin infections. Eyelid eczema affects the thin, sensitive skin around the eyes. Known as periocular dermatitis, eyelid eczema symptoms include redness, dry skin, scaly skin, rough skin, itching around the eyes, swollen eyelids and oozing or crusted skin. Eyelid eczema can be stressful and cause trouble sleeping or opening the eyelids.
Eyelid dermatitis can be caused by either irritant contact dermatitis or allergic contact dermatitis. Irritant contact dermatitis is brought on by a physical trigger or an external irritant. Some of these can include extreme heat, extreme cold, extreme humidity, excessive washing of the hands, dust, cosmetics/makeup, soaps/detergents, chemicals, drying agents, metals, wool or certain plants like peppers or poinsettias. Allergic contact dermatitis is the body’s immune system response to an allergen, usually caused by cosmetics. These include moisturizers, cleansers, aftershave, eye cream, sunscreen, topical antibiotics, eye drops, contact lens solution, fragrances, perfume, glasses frames, hair dye and false eyelashes. Temporary beauty enhancements including those containing acrylate glue can cause allergic contact dermatitis.
How long after treatment for eyelid eczema is it safe to wear false lashes again? If your allergic reaction was caused by false lashes, it is probably best to discontinue use altogether or seek a hypoallergenic adhesive instead. If it was not the source of your eczema, you can try them again within several weeks to several months after the infection has been treated and cleared. It is always best to check with your doctor first. This can be your family physician, dermatologist or eye care specialist. Treatment options usually include corticosteroids that are applied to the skin, oral corticosteroids or calcineurin inhibitors. In addition to removing false eyelashes, you should remove all eye makeup as the area heals.
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