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Top 5 Eyelid Scrubs | Avenova vs Ocusoft vs Heyedrate vs Cliradex

Burning, Oily, or Crusty Eyelids? What Is Blepharitis?

Blepharitis, meibomian gland dysfunction, and associated dry eye syndrome affect 30 million Americans.  Due to this staggering amount of people that need help with eyelid disease, a flood of new products have come to the market in recent years.  

Blepharitis is most likely due to an overgrowth of bacteria on your eyelids (naturally occuring bacteria), which create a discharge that looks like dandruff.  

Symptoms of blepharitis include burning, oily, and crusty eyelids.  You might also notice that in the morning your eyelids are stuck together.   

How To Treat Blepharitis, and What is the Best Treatment for Blepharitis?

Clean eyelids help soothe blepharitis, MGD, and dry eye symptoms.  Therefore the key to solving your eyelid problems is simply keeping your eyelids clean, which can be done with a prescription or an over-the-counter eyelid scrub.

Here, I put together the top five eyelid scrubs I use in my clinic, including the one I currently use for all my patients. 

Dr. Travis Zigler's Top 5 Eyelid Scrub Products

1. Heyedrate Lid & Lash Cleanser

Released in June 2017, Heyedrate Lid & Lash Cleanser is one of the first over-the-counter hypochlorous acid sprays, with comparable ingredients to Avenova below (#2).  This natural, non-detergent based spray is perfect for deep cleaning the skin, which makes it great for soothing any skin irritation you have, such as cuts, scrapes, blepharitis, styes, dry eyes, redness, swelling, burning, itching, or crustiness of the eyelid margin.  This is my "go-to" product for patients in my clinic currently.  It is very gentle and I have had great success with my patients. 

  • Heyedrate Lid & Lash Cleanser's 3 Ingredients: Pure Hypochlorous Acid (HOCl) 0.015%, electrolyzed water (H2O), Sodium Chloride (NaCl)
  • Safe for contact with skin, eyes, and ingestion
  • Shelf Life: 2 years after manufacture date

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    2. Avenova

    Avenova is the first prescription, FDA-approved, non-detergent based, non-antibiotic product shown to be successful in the treatment of such common eye conditions as blepharitis, meibomian gland dysfunction, and associated dry eye syndrome.  I used this in my clinic for two years and had great results.  I now use the Heyedrate Lid & Lash Cleanser on this list for my patients because the price is more affordable and it is over-the-counter.

    • Avenova's 2 Ingredients: Neutrox (pure hypochlorous acid, 0.01% as a preservative) in saline 
    • Safe for contact with skin, eyes, and ingestion
    • Shelf Life: 30 days after opening

    Where can I buy Avenova? What is the price of Avenova?

     

    3. Ocusoft Lid Scrubs

    Ocusoft Lid Scrubs are a detergent based cleanser that has been used for many years to reduce redness, swelling, burning, itchiness, irritation, and crustiness from the eyelid margins.   I used this before Avenova came to the market, from 2010 until 2012.  With the newer products on the market, like Avenova and Heyedrate Lid & Lash Cleanser, I no longer use Ocusoft products regularly.  

    • Ocusoft Lid Scrub's 13 Ingredients: Cocoamphodiacetate Disodium, D-Panthenol, Decyl Polygluoside, Methyl Gluceth-20, Modified Ringer’s Solution (purified water, sodium chloride, potassium chloride, calcium chloride), PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, POE-80 Sorbitan Monolaurate, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, 1,2-Hexanediol, 1,2-Octanediol

    Where can I buy Ocusoft Lid Scrubs?  What is the price of Ocusoft Lid Scrubs?

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    4. Cliradex

    Cliradex is a great preservative-free lid wipe that contains 4-Terpineol (T40), which is an active ingredient used to eliminate demodex mites (YES, mites in your eyelash follices).  It can also help with redness, swelling, burning, itchiness, and crustiness of the eyelid margin. I used this before Avenova came to the market, from 2010 until 2012.  With the newer products on the market, like Avenova and Heyedrate Lid & Lash Cleanser, I no longer use Cliradex products regularly.  This was mostly reserved for Demodex, or eyelash mites, but I now use a more natural product, Heyedrate Tea Tree Oil Soap.  

    • Cliradex's 7 Ingredients: Water, 4-Terpineol, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Polysorbate 80, Carbomer, Triethannolamine

    Where can I buy Cliradex? What is the price of Cliradex?

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    5. Systane Lid Wipes

    Systane Lid Wipes help reduce redness, swelling, burning, itching, irritation, and crustiness on the eyelid margins.  I used this before Avenova came to the market, from 2010 until 2012.  With the newer products on the market, like Avenova and Heyedrate Lid & Lash Cleanser, I no longer use Systane wipes with my patients.  

    • Systane Lid Wipes' 7 Ingredients: Purified Water USP, Peg-200 Hydrogenated Glyceryl Palmitate, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Cocoamido Propyl Amine Oxide, Peg-80 Glyceryl Cocoate, Benzyle Alcohol And Ede tate Disodium

    Where can I buy Systane Lid Wipes? What is the price of Systane Lid Wipes?

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    What do you think of this list?  What have you tried?  Let us know in the comments below!

     

    One Love,

    Dr. Travis Zigler

    Dr. Travis Zigler

    SeeEO of Eye Love
    Director of the Dry Eye Syndrome Support Community


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    Comments

    Elaine Collins on October 09 2018 at 05:00PM

    For the warm compress I use a sock filled with rice that I put in the microwave for 40 seconds and when warmed I leave it on my eyes for 10 minutes. It helps.

    Lorraine Aiello on August 14 2018 at 12:50PM

    I used avenova and got sore throat and swollen lips. Ocuclear does not work for me
    very frustrated

    Jenna Zigler on June 22 2018 at 09:27AM

    Hey Lorraine – First of all, the glaucoma medications are not going to help matters but you can’t just stop using those. I personally would drop the Ocusoft and continue on only Avenova or our spray(Heyedrate Lid & Lash Cleanser) twice per day. Using both a hypochlorous and Ocusoft is overkill and can irritate. I would consider washing your face with tea tree oil soap, as this could eliminate any demodex that may be causing some of your issues.

    Basically, simplify your routine. Warm compresses, wash with tea tree soap, use hypochlorous acid spray, and take a look at diet and upping water intake. To remove flakes, you can use jojoba oil to loosen any remaining and also use that to moisturize your face morning and evening.

    Lorraine Scotto on June 22 2018 at 09:22AM

    I use Ocusoft scrub lid scrub, thera tears, combigan(2x a day for glaucoma), lumigan 1x a day at night, Avenova 2x a day, tobramyacin when my eyes are very itchy , red, and swollen. I can’t shake this blepharitis. And I use neomyacin ointment cause the crust on my eyelids are stuck to my skin, it won’t come off for anything. I use a wash cloth soaked in hot water to loosen the scan up, no luck.it seem like it’s gone, but when it dries it’s right back. I am in dire straights for help oh and I have an anti-inflammatory itch drop, useless

    Lorraine Scotto on June 21 2018 at 05:03PM

    I use Ocusoft scrub lid scrub, thera tears, combigan(2x a day for glaucoma), lumigan 1x a day at night, Avenova 2x a day, tobramyacin when my eyes are very itchy , red, and swollen. I can’t shake this blepharitis. And I use neomyacin ointment cause the crust on my eyelids are stuck to my skin, it won’t come off for anything. I use a wash cloth soaked in hot water to loosen the scan up, no luck.it seem like it’s gone, but when it dries it’s right back. I am in dire straights for help oh and I have an anti-inflammatory itch drop, useless

    Judy wesrbrook on March 18 2018 at 06:29PM

    Does vaselene help?

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