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5 Eyelid Scrubs to Try for Crusty Eyes, Eyelids, and Eyelashes

Blepharitis Treatment

Crusty eyelids, or "eye boogers," can be a real nuisance for you, especially in the morning.  This is usually caused by an overgrowth of bacteria on the eyelids. 

Therefore reducing the bacteria should help reduce the crustiness.  Using a commercially available eyelid cleanser, like the five I listed below should help you accelerate your results.

Here, I put together the five eyelid hygiene products to try for your crusty eyes, eyelids, and eyelashes..

5 Eyelid Cleansers for Crusty Eyes

1. Heyedrate Lid & Lash Cleanser

Heyedrate Lid & Lash Cleanser is one of the first over-the-counter hypochlorous acid sprays.  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 redness, swelling, burning, itching, or crustiness of the eyelid margin. 

You can also use this for minor cuts, scrapes, scars, or any other skin ailments.  This is my "go-to" product as it is very gentle and I have had great success with my patients. 

Heyedrate Lid & Lash Cleanser's 3 Ingredients: Pure Hypochlorous Acid, 0.015%, electrolyzed water (H2O), Sodium Chloride (NaCl)

Tested safe for contact with skin, eyes, and ingestion

Shelf Life: 2 year shelf life after opening

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

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2. Avenova

Avenova is the first FDA-approved, non-detergent based, non-antibiotic product shown to be successful in reducing bacteria and other microorganisms on the eyelids.   This is a great product to use, and I have seen great results.  Unfortunately it is rx only, which makes it a little more difficult to get.   I used this in my clinic for two years.  Once Heyedrate Lid & Lash Cleanser was released, I switched all my patients over without any issues. 

Avenova's 3 Ingredients: Neutrox (pure hypochlorous acid, 0.01% as a preservative) in saline 

Safe for contact with skin, eyes, and ingestion

Shelf Life: 30 day shelf life after opening

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

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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 eyelashes).  It can also help with redness, swelling, burning, itchiness, and crustiness of the eyelid margin.  This was mostly reserved for Demodex, or eyelash mites, but I now use a tea tree 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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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.  

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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5. Systane Lid Wipes

Systane Lid Wipes help reduce redness, swelling, burning, itching, irritation, and crustiness from the eyelid margins. 

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 Edet 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

Travis Zigler