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5 Best Eyelid Washes: Which Cleanser is the Best?

What Makes a Good Eyelid Cleanser?

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 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 blepharitis symptom is inflamed, red eyelids, which can then lead to irritated, dry eyes.   

So what makes a good eyelid cleanser for blepharitis? 

A good eyelid cleanser should help reduce this bacteria load on the eyelids, while calming the red, inflamed eyelids and dry, irritated eyes at the same time.  In addition to this, the cleanser should be gentle on your sensitive skin.

Here, I put together the top five eyelid scrubs and eyelid washes to help you soothe blepharitis, MGD, and dry eye symptoms.  

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 soothing 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 fight contaminants on the skin and mucous membranes therefore helping reduce the bacteria on your eyelids.  

This is my "go-to" product for my patients in my clinic currently.  It is very gentle and I have had great success with my patients. 

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 eye makeup remover
  • Wash face with a¬†tea tree oil bar soap¬†and dry
  • Close eyes and spray directly onto your eyelids
  • Let dry, no rinsing required
  • Alternatively, you can spray on a cotton round and gently rub across your eyelid margin
  • Repeat for the other lid
  • Leave on for best results
  • No rinsing necessary

Where can I buy Heyedrate Lid & Lash Cleanser? What is the price of Heyedrate Lid & Lash Cleanser?

 

 

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 and can help with stubborn demodex. 

    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 in the treatment for such common eye conditions as blepharitis, meibomian gland dysfunction, and associated dry eye syndrome.   

    It's main ingredient is hypochlorous acid, similar to Heyedrate Lid and Lash Cleanser above, and it's great at fighting bacteria on the eyelid, which is one of the main causes of blepharitis.  Hypochlorous acid also helps to soothe inflamed and red eyelids.  

    I used this in my clinic for two years and had great results.  This is now second on my list for patients due to the easy availability of Heyedrate Lid & Lash Cleanser. 

    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 eye makeup remover.
    • Wash face with a¬†tea tree oil bar soap¬†and dry
    • Close eyes and spray directly onto eyelids
    • Let dry, no rinsing required
    • Alternatively, you can 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 can do quite a bit.  According to their listing on Amazon, they: 

      • DECREASE EYELID BACTERIAL GROWTH - By Cleaning your Eyelids and Lashes daily, you remove unwanted dead skin cells and debris. The removal of old makeup promotes healthy overall eye health.
      • PROMOTE YOUNGER SHINIER LOOKING EYELIDS - Your eyes need daily gentle exfoliating just like the rest of your body. By practicing daily eyelid exfoliation, you remove dead older looking cells on your eyelids. By removing oily dead skin cells, your eyelids will be looking more youthful. Excess dead cell buildup can lead to styes and other eye problems.
      • LIFT AND FIRM UPPER EYELIDS - Exfoliating also promotes collagen production which can make that thin, fragile tissue stronger and more resilient. After exfoliation all skin is more absorbent and receptive to the benefits of corrective skin products and your eyes are no exception.
      • REDUCE EYELID WRINKLES - Gentle daily exfoliation of the eye area can help it look younger and glowing by creating a smoother surface that better reflects light. A gentle eye exfoliator will keep the skin elastic enough to flatten out and look youthful again.
      • REMOVE UNWANTED MAKEUP - It is recommended by Optometrists and Ophthalmologists to to gently exfoliate the eyelids after removing your makeup‚ÄĒevery night! Very lightly sweep a soft, moist washcloth over the surfaces of your eyelids and through the roots of your lashes. This will lightly remove loose surface cells and prevent buildup on your lash line.

      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 battles signs of aging, demodex, redness, and dry itchy skin on the face and eyelids.  Tea Tree Oil is a great antiseptic that reduces itchy, dry skin and helps control oily skin while reducing blemishes and redness of the face and eyelids. Tea Tree Oil also helps reduce crusty eyelids and eyelashes in the morning.  

      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?

      • Check the price and purchase on¬†Amazon

      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 scrub.
      2. Hygiene in general is an important factor when it comes to keeping the overall bacteria load down (mainly Staphbacteria, which is the most common cause of blepharitis). We use a tea tree soap for our body and face in the shower and by the sink.
      3. Using a warm compress can help not only unclog the meibomian glands in cases of Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD), but also help break up the gunk from blepharitis. Click here to see directions on warm compresses.
      4. Make sure to limit eye makeup use when you have an active blepharitis infection. Also be sure to remove all your eye makeup before going to bed every night.  This will help prevent and keep eyelid inflammation and eyelid bumps away. Here is a tea tree oil eye makeup remover that we recommend.
      5. Do NOT use baby shampoo for blepharitis.
      6. Limit the use of contact lenses when you have gunky eyelids and a very "active" blepharitis. This will increase bacteria in and around the eyelids, therefore worsening your bacteria.  
      We, Eye Love, LLC, are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. Eye Love, LLC is also the owners of MediViz and Heyedrate. It is important to know that our products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.