What Blepharitis Treatment Can I Do At Home? What is Blepharitis?

What is the Best Blepharitis Treatment?  Focusing on Eyelid Hygiene and Using Eyelid Scrubs and Cleansers

Eyelids are one of the major keys to successful treatment of dry eye, blepharitis, and meibomian gland dysfunction.  Eyelids are more complex than they appear with the naked eye. Your eyelids contain millions of bacteria living on the surface that help keep your eyelids in a normal state.  

What is Blepharitis?

Blepharitis is, by definition, an inflammation of the eyelids. There are two different groups of blepharitis: anterior (front) and posterior (back) blepharitis, which is location dependent.  Anterior blepharitis is sometimes called staph blepharitis as it is an overgrowth of the normal Staphylococcus Aureus that lives on our eyelids.  Posterior blepharitis is also called meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD), which we will discuss in the next section.  

Anterior Blepharitis Symptoms and Signs

Anterior blepharitis, like stated above, tends to be more bacterial-related. We have normal bacteria that live on our eyelids that can become overpopulated. When this occurs, it is going to cause the following signs and symptoms of blepharitis:

  • Red, inflamed eyelids
  • Itchy eyelids
  • Lids stuck shut upon awakening
  • Dandruff on the eyelashes
  • Irritated eyelids
  • Dry eyes

Blepharitis Treatment With Hypochlorous Acid Eyelid Scrubs

If you have these signs and symptoms, treatment is simply keeping your eyelids clean with a hypochlorous acid eyelid cleanser, like Heyedrate Lid & Lash Cleanser. This should be a part of your daily routine!

Hypochlorous acid is a natural antiseptic and mimics your body’s natural ability to heal. It is free of any harsh chemicals, alcohol, parabens, sulfates, or other preservatives. It is great for all skin types as it does not clog pores and is hypoallergenic. It is also vegan, natural, and organic.

Hypochlorous acid, like Heyedrate Lid and Lash Cleanser, will help keep your eyelids and eyelashes clean without irritating your skin.

What Eyelid Hygiene NOT to Use?

In the 1990’s and early 2000’s, it was common practice for eye care practitioners to prescribe baby shampoo as eyelid hygiene.  With further research into this, it has been shown to actually make your eyelids WORSE!  

Baby shampoo contains a mild detergent which may cause irritation to the eyes. It was not designed for eyelid use.  With the availability of better products on the market, you owe it to yourself to treat your eyelids right!

How Often Should You Do Eyelid Scrubs?

We recommend performing eyelid hygiene two times per day.  Think of it like brushing your teeth to prevent cavities, you do eyelid hygiene to prevent blepharitis, meibomian gland dysfunction, and dry eyes. 

If your skin becomes dry from this, then reduce to once per day.  Check out both Dr. Jenna Zigler and Dr. Travis Zigler’s eyelid regimen below.

Dr. Jenna Zigler’s At Home Eyelid Hygiene Regimen

Dr. Travis Zigler’s At Home Eyelid Hygiene Regimen

We believe that everyone (even children) should be performing eyelid hygiene twice per day just like we brush our teeth. We are starting to see blepharitis, dry eyes, and meibomian gland dysfunction at a much younger age every year.

Simply making sure our eyelids are cleaned twice daily can make a big difference in the future of dry eye, MGD, and blepharitis.  

One Love,

Dr. Travis Zigler, Dr. Jenna Zigler, Jude, Mission Trip in Turks and Caicos

Dr. Jenna Zigler

SeeEO of Eye Love

10 comments

ashley- operations manager

Hey Pamela. Yes, the mask should help and you can test both warm and cool to decide which you prefer. Check out Dr. Jenna’s nightly routine video so you get an idea of when to use!
https://eyelovethesun.com/blogs/dry-eye/dr-jenna-zigler-s-evening-routine-for-dry-eye

one love, ashley

Pamela

I have puffy upper eyelids but not irritated.. my eyes are usually red inside and gets irritated. Will your product help my puffy lids? I bought your eye mask and ordered the eyelid cleanser. Have not received yet. Also can you moisten the eye mask before heating in microwave? I use moisturizer around my eyes everyday and night. Do you add that after you spray the cleaner. Thank you. Hoping your products help.. my eyes look small and tired.

Delos Patterson

Thanks for your help ! I’m using Eye Lid cleaner
from Eye Love now.

Jenna Zigler

Hey Lori – no there is no problem if the Heyedrate lid & lash cleanser gets in your eyes. There are only three ingredients and all natural!

Lori Pasetti

If this spray gets into your eyes, will there be problems ?

Jenna Zigler

Hey Jo – Not a concern!

jo dutcher

thanks for your reply, Dr. Jenna. Just to clarify – you do the warm compress with the eye mask even with oily residue from the eye makeup remover still on your lids and lashes (It doesn’t all come off until you wash the lids), and only wash it off after having done the warm compress and the gland expression? I was concerned that the pressure of the mask might push the oily residue into the glands and further clog them? Not a concern?
Thanks again,
Jo Dutcher

Dr. Jenna Zigler

Hey JO DUTCHER. At night we usually recommend removing makeup and using a warm compress eye mask, meibomian gland expression, and washing the face (with our tea tree oil soap or not). After that, follow an eyelid hygiene regimen with our Heyedrate spray. There may not be consistency between Travis and I because we have different routines! As should everyone else…find what works for you!
One Love, Dr. Jenna Zigler

jo dutcher

I think some of us would benefit from a few clarifications. Your instructions here do not mention warm compresses at all. For those of us who do them twice daily, it would be a big help if you would incorporate them into the descriptions of your AM and PM routines so that we know where they fall in the sequence. Some of your material/videos mention them, others do not, and this lack of consistency can get confusing for the novice.

Additionally, not everyone showers daily, especially in the winter in northern latitudes. Addressing this fact in your regimen descriptions would also be helpful.

Thank you for considering this input.

Stephanie Pages-Gallo

Thank you so very much for this! I have been using the baby shampoo as a lid cleaner/scrub! No wonder why I have not seen any improvement! I have also been using your Heyedrate Lid and Lash Cleanser 2 times a day. I tried the Tea Tree Soap just for my face, but I didn’t like the waxy feel it left on my skin. I am going to try Paul Mitchell’s Tea Tree Shampoo as an alternative! I am going to omit the baby shampoo and see what happens! It is also good to know that it will take 6 to 8 weeks to see any improvement! Again, thank you! I wish you were located here in New York. I would love to have you as my eye doctors!

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