What is eyelid dermatitis? In easy words, it can be described as an inflammatory reaction evolving in the skin of eyelid. It can be triggered by allergy, irritation or viral bacteria. You can also call it an eyelid eczema. Eyelid eczema is not confined to just an upper eyelid. It can affect both eyelids: upper and lower.

Symptoms of Eyelid Dermatitis

  1. Scaly eyelids
  2. Itching
  3. Burning or stinging sensation
  4. Swelling
  5. Thickened skin with scaly skin markings (lichenification)
  6. Redness of eyelids (rosacea)
  7. Weakness
  8. Fever
  9. Headaches

The eyelid skin is sensitive and is easily prone to allergens, irritants, and bacteria, which can result in the development of eyelid dermatitis. Therefore, it can also develop eyelid contact dermatitis. However, it should also be noted that this allergens could trigger the same reaction on the other parts of the skin. It is quite often that it develops into allergic conjunctivitis.

There are various kinds of eyelid dermatitis, such as drugs eyelid dermatitis, сhronic drug eyelid dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis, and уczematous eyelid dermatitis.

Seborrheic Eyelid Dermatitis

Seborrheic dermatitis and rosacea can occur at the same time. What’s so chronic about seborrheic is that it is inflammatory, and it causes serious itchiness and discomfort to the skin.

The cause of skin getting under the influence of dematitis is unknown. But it is noted that usually imbalance in hormones and oil glands can cause dermatitis. Eyelid dermatitis is no different. It can happen due to imbalance of oil excretion, or due to allergens and irritants.

Seborrheic Eyelid Dermatitis that comes with rosacea doesn’t have any particular cure. Recognizing early symptoms can be boon, as treatment for controlling or eradicating symptoms of the seborrheic eyelid dermatitis is available.

People with rosacea, who believe they have been affected by this dermatitis, are urged to consult a doctor before it is too late.


Blepharitis is again an eye infection that is possible to mount to dermatitis. It is a common disease that can cause your eyes weep and make them dry. It causes eyelid inflammation, and it can infect eyes with bacteria.


Symptoms of blepharitis

  • crusting
  • weeping
  • inflammation
  • dryness
  • flaking
  • burning sensation

Although permanent treatment is not found yet, you can certainly minimize blepharitis’ impact on the skin by using natural remedies.

If you have chronic blepharitis it is recommended to visit a dermatologist and get it treated there. Or else you can use aloe treatment twice a week to minimize the growth of the blepharitis bacteria.

Eyelid Dermatitis Treatment

Eyelid is a sensitive part of the skin, and it requires a lot of attention. Patients should consult a dermatologist to understand the sensitivity of the issue and learn the ways to tackle it. Eyelid dermatitis should be treated medically to avoid complications. Any unadvised treatment can also lead to eyesight damage.

Typically, eyelid dermatitis treatment has many stages.

  1. It starts with identification of the allergen. This helps recommend proper medication
  2. Next step is the de-sensitizing therapy. It is important to carry out de-sensitizing from the inside. Drugs for ingestion are prescribed in this therapy.
  3. External Treatment. It is conducted to kill the allergens. Usually eyelid skin is lubricated with a hydrocortisone ointment. In case you are suffering from a weeping eczema, then the ointment along with zinc paste is applied around the weeping surface.
  4. Supporting treatment. This is an internal treatment, it is done to clear the bowel purgation and to purify body.

Eyelid Dermatitis Home Remedies

People feel uneasy to pay a visit to a doctor for multiple reasons. And if you are one of those people, and you want to try home remedies before barging in to doc’s door – keep reading.

  1. Decoction

This remedy is quite famous for its impact on eyelid dermatitis.



  • Take good cones and one tsp. of tickseeds (Biden)
  • Bring it to a boil in 150 ml of water
  • This can be used as a topical application or for oral intake.
  • To apply topically, soak the gauze piece in the warm decoction and place it on the eyelids until the gauze no longer feels warm. Repeat the process for at least 5 times. Do this only once.
  • Orally, you can intake this once a day, before consumption of meals.
  1. Aloe Treatment

Aloe Vera is an incredible plant and it helps in retaining moisture. Moreover, its healing properties can heal dermatitis.

recipe aloe


  • Chop the aloe leaves and store in an airtight container for 12 days in a refrigerator or a place where the temperature will not be more than 6°C.
  • Once the aloe emulsion is ready, add quarter cup of dry red wine and 150 grams pure castor oil, and mix.
  • To use this mixture, take 1 cm thick gauze, apply the mix on it, and place it on the eyelid. This is will soothe the eyelids and treat dermatitis.
  1. Mask

A mask can provide instant relief from the itchiness and scratchiness caused by dermatitis.

mask on eyes

Preparation& Application

  • Take 1 tsp. aloe juice
  • Take 1 tsp. of each castor and eucalyptus essential oils
  • Mix the ingredients and apply gently on the skin, leave it for 20-25 minutes. Wipe it with natural no oil wipes.
  • Apply this mask twice a week.
  1. Celandine’s treatment

Preparation& Application

  • Use Celandine’s juice to treat dermatitis.
  • Mix 1:1 portions of Vodka and Celandine and store the mixture in a dark place for two days.
  • Soak a gauze and apply on the infected skin at least twice a day for speedy recovery.

Food to Intake

During the treatment, patient is required to be on a special diet of omega-3 fishes and nutritional supplements. Good intake of food can provide the fuel to the skin, reducing the imbalance of oil glands and treating the harmonal balance in the body.