5 Best Eyelid Scrubs for Blepharitis | Avenova vs Heyedrate vs Ocusoft
Burning, Oily, or Crusty Eyelids? What is Blepharitis?
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 likely due to an overgrowth of bacteria on your eyelids (naturally occuring bacteria), which create a discharge that looks like dandruff.
Symptoms of blepharitis include burning, oily, and crusty eyelids. You might also notice that in the morning your eyelids are stuck together.
How To Treat Blepharitis, and What is the Best Treatment for Blepharitis?
Clean eyelids help soothe blepharitis, MGD, and dry eye symptoms. Therefore the key to solving your eyelid problems is simply keeping your eyelids clean, which can be done with a prescription or an over-the-counter eyelid scrub.
Here, I put together the five eyelid scrubs I use in my clinic, including the one I currently use for all my patients.
5 Eyelid Scrubs To Try For Irritated Eyelids
1. Heyedrate Lid & Lash Cleanser
Released in June 2017, Heyedrate Lid & Lash Cleanser is one of the first over-the-counter hypochlorous acid sprays, with comparable ingredients to Avenova below (#2). 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, blepharitis, styes, dry eyes, redness, swelling, burning, itching, or crustiness of the eyelid margin. This is my "go-to" product for patients in my clinic currently. It is very gentle and I have had great success with my patients.
Avenova is the first prescription, FDA-approved, non-detergent based, non-antibiotic product shown to be successful in the treatment of such common eye conditions as blepharitis, meibomian gland dysfunction, and associated dry eye syndrome. I used this in my clinic for two years and had great results. I now use theHeyedrate Lid & Lash Cleanser on this list for my patients because the price is more affordable and it is over-the-counter.
Avenova's 2 Ingredients: Neutrox (pure hypochlorous acid, 0.01% as a preservative) in saline
Safe for contact with skin, eyes, and ingestion
Shelf Life: 30 days after opening
Where can I buy Avenova? What is the price of Avenova?
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, I no longer use Ocusoft products regularly.
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 eyelash follices). It can also help with redness, swelling, burning, itchiness, and crustiness of the eyelid margin. 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, I no longer use Cliradex products regularly. This was mostly reserved for Demodex, or eyelash mites, but I now use a more natural product, Heyedrate Tea Tree Oil Soap.
Systane Lid Wipes help reduce redness, swelling, burning, itching, irritation, and crustiness on 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, I no longer use Systane wipes with my patients.
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 Ede tate Disodium
Where can I buy Systane Lid Wipes? What is the price of Systane Lid Wipes?