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

Dr. Travis and Dr. Jenna

Treatment for Blepharitis - Eyelid Scrubs and Eyelid Hygiene

Eyelids… One of the Major Keys to Successful Dry Eye Management!  

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.  There are also many glands that secrete oils and tears onto your eyes, keeping them comfortable.  If any of this becomes disrupted, dry eyes and eyelids can lead to irritation, inflammation, redness, and more uncomfortable situations.  This is known as a condition called blepharitis.

What is Blepharitis?

Blepharitis is, by definition, an inflammation of the eyelids. There are two different types 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 Eyelid Scrubs

If you have these signs and symptoms, treatment is simply keeping your eyelids with an eyelid scrub, like Heyedrate Lid & Lash Cleanser.  This spray 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.

Heyedrate Lid & Lash Cleanser will help keep your eyelids and eyelashes clean without irritating your skin.

What Eyelid Hygiene NOT to Use?

In the 90’s and early 00’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 upgrade and treat your eyelids right!

How Often Should You Do Eyelid Scrubs?

We recommend performing eyelid scrubs two times per day.  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 Eyelid Hygiene Regimen

Dr. Travis Zigler’s Eyelid Hygiene Regimen


No doctor is going to heal you.  We are trained in Western medicine which is mostly about symptom relief, not disease prevention.  We (both western trained doctors) believe in a different approach to medicine and it involves healing your body from the inside out with natural solutions, hydration, exercise, diet, and more.  We know you can do it too!

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Side Note on ALL Natural Treatment

  • EVERYONE SHOULD BE DOING THE FIRST LINE OF TREATMENT (Natural)… EVERYONE!!!   Persevere with this first line of action items. It may take up to 6-8 weeks for the symptoms of dry eye to be managed.  Some of these will have to be continued for life, but you will notice other ailments disappearing as you begin to implement these habits.
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    Jenna Zigler on July 12 2018 at 04:17PM

    Hey Jo – Not a concern!

    jo dutcher on July 12 2018 at 04:15PM

    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 on July 02 2018 at 04:17PM

    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 on July 02 2018 at 04:15PM

    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 on October 08 2017 at 08:23AM

    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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