4 Causes For Flaky Eyelids

by Gio

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Blending those eyeshadows can be a real challenge.

It gets even worse when my lids are dry and flaky. Then, it’s just impossible to get a decent look.

When that happens, I just give up on eyeshadow and gently apply moisturizer on my lids. But, too often, that’s not enough to fix the problem.

That’s because dryness is only one of the things that cause flaky lids. And yes, that one can be fixed with moisturizer. But, the other causes can’t.

So, what are the most common causes of flaky eyelids and how can you fix them?

Flaky Eyelids Cause #1: Dryness

Ok, let’s start with the most obvious cause of flaky eyelids: dryness. Harsh weather, unprotective sun exposure, and irritating skincare products can dry out the eyelids, making them flake.

The Fix

This one is easy. Moisturize the eyelids. Just make sure the moisturizer you’re using is suitable for this delicate area. That means no alcohol, no fragrance, and nothing else that can cause irritations.

Related: Do You Really Need An Eye Cream?

Flaky Eyelids Cause #2: Allergies and irritations

Harsh skincare products can irritate the eyelids and make them flake. Fragrance and alcohol are usually the main culprits. But even ingredients that are perfectly safe for the rest of the face can irritate the lids. The skin there is way more delicate.

Nail polish is another culprit. Yes, I know you’re not using nail polish on your eyelids. But, sometimes we mindlessly touch our eyes after we’ve just applied nail polish. When we do, the harsh chemicals in the nail polish will get in contact with our eyes, irritating them.

Same with food. If you rub your eyes while you’re eating or cooking, you can irritate your eyes. Maybe even cause an allergic reaction.

The Fix

Figure out what you’re allergic to (patch tests can be very helpful for this) and avoid it like the plague.

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Flaky Eyelids Cause #3: Infections

Flakiness can also be a symptom of something more serious: an eye infection.

One of the most common is called blepharitis. It causes itchiness, redness, swelling, discharge and, especially in the morning, stickiness and crusting.

The Fix

Don’t attempt to do anything on your own. Go to a doctor immediately for a precise diagnosis and treatment. Eye infections are serious. If not properly treated, you could go blind.

Flaky Eyelids Cause #4: Seborrhoeic dermatitis

Yep, your eyelashes can get dandruff too.

The Fix

Can you guess what the cure is? An anti-dandruff shampoo, of course! No, I’m not kidding. Just apply a tiny amount of anti-dandruff shampoo for about 3 minutes every day on your lids and then rinse off. Keep your eyes close shut while doing this or it’ll sting your eyes like hell.

When All Else Fails

If you’ve tried everything and your eyelids are still dry and flaky, it’s time to see a doctor. Chances are, you have an underlying condition that requires a different treatment. It’s your health we’re talking about. Take care of it.

Have you ever experienced dry and flaky eyelids? Share your tips in the comments below.

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Janessa January 29, 2013 - 7:56 pm

Luckily, I’ve never experienced this. That’s when moisturizing eyeshadow comes in, if only 🙂

beautifulwithbrains January 29, 2013 - 10:13 pm

Janessa, I’m glad you never had this problem. And it would be great if eyeshadows could moisturize too. 🙂

Trisha January 29, 2013 - 9:02 pm

I’m with Janessa: lucky enough to never have flaky eyelids. That would be such a bummer! Good thing there are ways to get rid of it.

beautifulwithbrains January 29, 2013 - 10:14 pm

Trisha, it would indeed! I hope you’ll never experience it. 🙂

Jasmine January 30, 2013 - 12:14 am

Flaky eyelids sound painful! Thank goodness I have not experienced it either.

beautifulwithbrains January 31, 2013 - 7:06 am

Jasmine, I’m glad you didn’t too.

Makeup Morsels January 30, 2013 - 1:15 am

anti-dandruff shampoo for eyelashes, I never knew! Occasionally the skin around my browbone will get quite dry in the winter, but some eye cream usually fixes it.

beautifulwithbrains January 31, 2013 - 6:59 am

Makeup Morsels, it sounds weird, doesn’t it? And yet it works so well.

And I’m glad an eye cream is enough to fix it.


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