Eye eczema causes the eyelids to become itchy and irritated. Because the eye area is sensitive, it’s important to find a treatment that won’t aggravate symptoms or cause a bad reaction.
Read on to discover our favorite natural treatment options to treat under-eye eczema safely.
What Does Eye Eczema Look Like?The symptoms of eye eczema can affect one or both eyes. In addition, symptoms may extend to the eyelids, eyebrows, or the surrounding area. Common symptoms include:
- Inflammation or swelling
- Leaking from eyes
- Stinging or burning sensation
- Flaking or crusting
In more rare instances, eye eczema can lead to cataracts, spontaneous retinal detachment, and scarring. To get a proper diagnosis and avoid infection or other complications, speak to your doctor or practitioner as soon as possible.
Causes of Eye Eczema
Like all types of eczema, the exact cause of eye eczema is unknown, but it’s likely linked to genetic and environmental factors. Because there are many possible external factors, it can be difficult to figure out exactly what’s triggering your symptoms.
Here are some possible causes that can cause your eyes to itch, swell, leak, or become red:
- Petting dogs, cats, or other animals
- Chemicals or toxins found in beauty products such as soap, make-up, and facial cleanser
- Changes in temperature like winter coldness or summer heat
- Eating certain foods
Determining what triggers your eczema is an important first step on your journey to healing.
How to Naturally Treat Under Eye Eczema
The sensitive skin under, on, or around the eye area makes it extra important to use products that are safe for sensitive skin. Here are some of our favorite treatments for soothing the itchy or irritating symptoms of eye eczema.
Organic Manuka Skin Soothing Cream– this creamy balm is perfect for under eye eczema because it’s as natural as they come. Made with just 6 ingredients - including beeswax, grapeseed oil, and Manuka honey! - it’s perfect for sensitive areas. With no burning or stinging, this oil-based balm is perfect for adults and kids alike. Enjoy its antibacterial properties and soft buttery texture. We recommend applying morning and night, as well as after taking a shower or bath.
Eye Mask – Adults–to soothe itchy or irritated eyes, we highly recommend this cooling Remedywear™ Eye Mask. Made with soft TENCEL and embedded with anti-inflammatory zinc, it’s the perfect natural eczema treatment for eyes and eyelids. For an extra cooling overnight treatment, store in the fridge between uses.
Eye Mask – Children–what better way to cool your child’s sensitivity eye eczema than with a stretchy and form-fitting eye mask? This eye mask for children works wonders soothing puffy eyes. With moisture-wicking sweat control, it’s comfortable to wear during the night.
Elimination Diet–to heal your eczema from within, we suggest considering an eczema elimination diet. As the name suggests, this involves removing the consumption of certain foods for a certain period of time (usually a month) and then slowly incorporating them back in.
If you are undergoing an elimination diet, be sure to speak with your dietician, nutritionist, or physician beforehand to ensure that you are getting all the proper nutrients (especially if you are cutting out a large food group!) For more information on how to begin an elimination diet for eczema, check out this blog post.
Interested in healing from within? Please read our guide on Holistic Healing for Eczema.