5 Best Eyelid Washes: Which Cleanser is the Best?

What Makes a Good Eyelid Cleanser?

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.  

Top 5 Eyelid Cleansers

1. Heyedrate Lid & Lash Cleanser

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!)

3 Ingredients for Heyedrate Lid and Lash Cleanser

  • Pure Hypochlorous Acid, 0.015%
  • Electrolyzed water (H2O)
  • Sodium Chloride (NaCl)

Safety Profile for Heyedrate Lid and Lash Cleanser

  • Safe for contact with skin, eyes, and for ingestion

Shelf Life for Heyedrate Lid and Lash Cleanser

  • 2 years after date of manufacture
  • Remove eye makeup with a tea tree oil eyelid wipe.
  • Wash face with a tea tree oil face wash and pat dry
  • Spray Heyedrateid and Lash Cleanser onto a cotton round and gently rub across your eyelid margin
  • Repeat for the other lid
  • Leave on for best results
  • No rinsing necessary

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2. MediViz Tea Tree Eyelid Wipes

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. 

    Ingredients For MediViz Tea Tree Eyelid Wipes

    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

    Safety Profile for MedViz Tea Tree Wipe

    • Safe for all skin types. Do not wipe directly on eyeball (for external application only). Keep out of reach of children.

    Where to Buy MediVIz Wipes? What is the Price of MediViz Wipes?

    • Check the price and purchase on Amazon
    MediViz Tea Tree Eyelid Wipes

    3. Avenova

    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.

    3 Ingredients for Avenova

    • Neutrox (pure hypochlorous acid, 0.01% as a preservative)
    • Saline 

    Safety Profile

    • Safe for contact with skin, eyes, and for ingestion

    Shelf Life

    • 30 days after opening

    Directions for Avenova are the same as Heyedrate Lid and Lash Cleanser

    • Remove eye makeup with a tea tree oil eyelid wipe.
    • Wash face with a tea tree oil face wash and pat dry
    • Spray on a cotton round and gently rub across eyelid margin
    • Repeat for the other lid
    • Leave on for best results
    • No rinsing necessary

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

    • Check the price and purchase on Amazon


      4. MediViz Eyelid Cleaning Wipes

      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.

      20 Ingredients for MediViz Eyelid Cleaning Wipes

      • Water
      • PEG-80
      • Sorbitan Laurate
      • Methyl Gluceth-20
      • Sodium Chloride
      • Potassium Chloride
      • Calcium Chloride
      • Sodium Bicarbonate
      • Patnthenol
      • Decyl Glucoside
      • Polyglyceryl-10 Caprylate/Caprate
      • Coco Glucoside
      • Glycerol Oleate
      • PER-120 Methyl Glucose Trioleate
      • Propanediol
      • Citric Acid, 1, 2-Hexanediol
      • Sodium Benzoate
      • Caprylyl Glycol
      • Polyminopropyl Biguanide

      Directions MediViz Eyelid Cleaning Wipes

      • Unfold pre-moistened pad and wrap over finger
      • Close eye and gently cleanse lid using side-to-side strokes
      • Do not touch eye directly
      • Repeat for other lid
      • Leave on for best results
      • No rinsing necessary or rinse

      Where can I buy MediViz Eyelid Cleaning Wipes?  What is the price of MediViz Eyelid Cleaning Wipes?

      • Check the price and purchase on Amazon

      5. Heyedrate Foaming Tea Tree Face Wash

      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.

      Directions Heyedrate Foaming Tea Tree Face Wash

      Where can I buy Heyedrate Foaming Tea Tree Face Wash?  What is the price of Heyedrate Foaming Tea Tree Face Wash?

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      Foam Wash


      Other Tips

      1. As discussed above, clean eyelids is our number one tip, and we use Heyedrate Lid and Lash Cleanser as our preferred eyelid cleanser.
      2. Hygiene in general is an important factor because eyelid inflammation is often caused by bacteria overload (especially staph). We use a tea tree face wash for our face in the shower and by the sink.
      3. Using a warm compress can help not only unclog the meibomian glands in the eyelids, but they also help break up the gunk that often builds up on your eyelids. Click here to see directions on warm compresses.
      4. Make sure to limit eye makeup use when you have an active infection. Also be sure to remove all your eye makeup before going to bed every night.  Here are the tea tree eyelid wipes I recommend for eye makeup removal.
      5. Do NOT use baby shampoo for blepharitis.
      6. Limit the use of contact lenses when you have gunky eyelids and a very active infection of the eyes or eyelids. This will increase bacteria in and around the eyelids, therefore potentially worsening your condition. 
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