Irritated eyes affect millions of Americans. Due to this staggering amount of people that need help with this condition, a flood of new products have come to the market in recent years.
Eyelid inflammation is most commonly caused by bacteria that naturally live on the eyelids and become overpopulated. Once they are overpopulated, they create multiple symptoms including a mucousy discharge, which shows up as your eyelids being stuck shut in the morning. A second symptom is inflamed, red eyelids, which can then lead to irritated, dry eyes.
So what makes a good eyelid cleanser for this common problem?
A good eyelid cleanser should be gentle on your sensitive skin while also supporting the health of your eyes and eyelids. Here, I put together the top five eyelid scrubs and eyelid washes to help you manage your irritated eyes.
Released in June 2017, Heyedrate Lid & Lash Cleanser is one of the first over-the-counter hypochlorous acid sprays to come to the market, with comparable ingredients to Avenova at number two on this list.
This natural, non-detergent based spray is perfect for deep cleaning the skin, which makes it great for any skin irritation you have such as cuts, scrapes, eyelid bumps, irritated eyes, redness, swelling, burning, itching, or crustiness of the eyelid margin. Hypochlorous acid also helps remove debris on the skin and mucous membranes (like your eyes!)
Released May 2020, the MediViz Tea Tree Eyelid Wipes are another great way to clean your eyes daily. Use them for cleaning the lids and lashes, removing debris and dead skin cells, and getting rid of pollen and allergens. The wipes also double as a makeup remover.
Water, PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate, Methyl Gluceth-20, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Decyl Glucoside, Polyglyceryl-10 Caprylate/Caprate, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Panthenol, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Trioleate, Propanediol,1, 2-Hexanediol, Sodium Bicarbonate,
Sodium Citrate, Sodium Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Chloride, Caprylyl Glycol
Avenova is the first prescription, FDA-approved, non-detergent based, non-antibiotic product shown to be successful for such common eye conditions as irritated eyes and eyelids.
It's main ingredient is hypochlorous acid, similar to Heyedrate Lid and Lash Cleanser above, and it's great at supporting the health of your eyes and eyelids.
MediViz Eyelid Cleaning Wipes help remove unwanted dead skin cells and debris, and this removal supports overall eyelid health. Your eyes need daily gentle exfoliating just like the rest of your body. By practicing daily eyelid exfoliation, you remove dead skin cells and support your eye health.
Heyedrate Foaming Face Wash supports your eye and eyelid health while also keeping your facial skin in check. Heyedrate foaming cleanser is made with gentle liquid soap, for a refreshingly rich lather, and 19 botanicals and plant extracts selected for their potent antioxidant properties. This includes tea tree oil, aloe vera, lavender, lemon, and peppermint essential oils.