Dry, flaky eyelids can be so frustrating, and they can really mess with your confidence. We know how it feels to worry about your eyelids and how they look, so we’re going to help you get to the root of the problem today. We’ll discuss not only the symptoms of dry, flaky eyelids and eyelid dermatitis, but the treatment options as well.
Some of the symptoms you may notice when you have dry, flaky eyelids include:
- Itching – Irritation of the skin on the eyelids can cause you to itch. Scratching can then lead to cuts, redness, inflammation and other problems including infections of the eyelid.
- Pain – Irritation of the eyelids can hurt! The pain can disrupt your life, make you unable to work, and impact your overall mood. You may also find yourself rubbing your eyelids in an effort to relieve the pain, but the rubbing could lead to even more redness and flakiness.
- Flakiness – The skin on the eyelid is smooth, thin, and sensitive. When it becomes irritated, it can flake, meaning tiny pieces of skin dry and peel off. The flaky eyelid skin may feel rough as well.
- Burning – You may experience a burning sensation if your eyelids are flaky and dry. The burning can range from mildly irritating to very painful. It could even make your eyes water and negatively impact your vision.
- Dryness of the skin – Our skin, including the skin on our eyelids, must maintain a certain level of moisture to stay elastic, smooth, and healthy. But the skin can become dried out, which leads to flakiness, scaling, irritation, and redness.
- Redness – As with most cases of eyelid dermatitis, the skin on the eyelid could become red and may even display bumps or a rash. Skin rashes, particularly those on the sensitive eyelids, may itch and burn or be painful. Unfortunately, with rashes, the more you rub and scratch the skin to ease the itching and pain, the more the rash will spread, causing even more irritation and pain.
- Swelling – Swelling or inflammation is a common symptom that accompanies pain, rash, itching, and burning. The affected area increases in size and, most often, increases in temperature, too.
- Thickening of the skin – Particularly with chronic dermatitis or dry, flaky eyelids, the skin may become thicker and less flexible. This is a result of scar tissue that forms due to damage to the skin.