Dry Eye - Dr. Zigler discusses signs, symptoms, treatment — clean eyelids
How to Treat Blepharitis and Crusty Eyelids with Innovative Products 2
I was told that I can use baby shampoo on my eyelids. Is this correct?
This is something that we tell our patients never to do; it was recommended a lot a couple years ago, but now there are just much better products out there. Baby shampoo has a detergent in it, it’s a soap basically, and so it can actually irritate your eyelids and irritate your eyelashes and your eyes. What we always recommend is a Hypochlorous acid cleanser. Whether it’s ours or the prescription, it doesn’t matter. If you choose the subscription plan on our website, you’ll actually lock in that cost for life. Our spray is only $27 for a 4 months’ supply. Like stated earlier, baby shampoo was the standard in the 90’s and then lid scrubs came out. Now, hypochlorous acid products are taking its place. Most lid scrubs have about 13-20 chemicals in them, but our hypochlorous acid has 3 ingredients: hypochlorous acid, electrolyzed water, and sodium chloride (table salt).
I have crusty eyes in the morning. Can you recommend anything?
This is what we’ve built our entire product line around. First of all, an omega-3 is going to help with the inside glands of the eyelids, and our Heyedrate Tea Tree soap and Heyedrate lid and lash spray are going to help with the outside of your eyelids. The tea tree oil based soap is made of organic coconut oil, organic olive oil, organic green tea, raw shea butter, and tea tree oil. So it’s going to clean up those eyelids. That is what can treat the crustiness. Basically, crustiness is just overgrowth of the bacteria on the eyelids. When that bacteria overgrows it produces waste products which turn into the crustiness that you’re experiencing. When your eyes are closed all night, crustiness just builds up, but throughout the day you’re blinking so it doesn’t have a chance to build up as much. If we control the bacteria with tea tree oil, a natural antibiotic, it will maintain the bacterial load on your eyelids. Our spray is a hypochlorous acid spray which has natural anti-septic properties that your body creates. We went a different route than most commercial brands because we didn’t want a lot of artificial ingredients. Our soap has 5 all natural ingredients and our spray is only 3 ingredients. The hypochlorous acid does give the spray a slight chlorine smell, but it contains no bleach and is very gentle on your eyelids. If you do notice that your eyelids are burning or your eye burns after using our spray, it is because you are quite inflamed. If you put anything on an inflamed area that is cracked and broken, it’s going to burn because it is going to get in there and clean up that area!
Can you explain how to correctly use the Heyedrate Lid and Lash Spray?
We recommend using the spray twice per day, morning and evening. When you get up in the morning, spray it on a cotton ball. Close your eyelids and then rub it into your eyelids and eyelashes. There’s no need to rinse it off, so just let it sit. The spray shouldn’t be irritating unless your eyes are really inflamed, which occurs sometimes. If you want to make things even easier, you can use it a bit differently. Simply wake up in the morning and just spray it directly onto your closed eyelids, rub it in, and let it sit. Do the same thing at night after washing your face. We find that women tend to like the cotton ball/cotton round method because it helps get every single aspect of their makeup off even after they remove their makeup. Men are sometimes lazier, so they like to just spray it right on and leave it on. Do whatever works best for you! Do it after you wash and before you moisturize. If you use any moisturizers, we recommend using something simple with minimal ingredients, like jojoba oil.
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Drs. Travis and Jenna Zigler
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