Very dry eyelids


Bubblybunny
on Sep 20, 2007 @ 10:01 pm

My hubby has very dry eyelids. They are dry in the summer but very very VERY dry in the winter. They are so chapped in the winter that they actually sting when he applies moisterizer.

I am always telling him he has to be careful with what he puts on his eyes, but unfortunately, I don't really have any good options for him. My own eye cream is not moisterizing enough, so he always ends up using any moisterizer he can get his hands on. I know you are not supposed to use regular moisterizers on the eyes b/c it's such a sensitve area. But when I try to shop around, sales people are always relunctant to recommend products because I'm asking for something for the eyelids and not for below the eye. As soon as I mention the word "eyeLIDS", they get a stumped look on their faces and they always tell me this/that product is GREAT for under the eyes but it's not really designed for moisterizing the eyelids.

So I'm wondering if anyone have good recommendation for me?

Thanks!!
 


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Ali de Bold
Dermatologist on Sep 20, 2007 @ 10:08 pm

Definitely talk to a dermatologist and probably also an Opthamologist. This is one area you don't want to mess with given the sensitivity. Also, most eye creams are very gentle and less thick than facial lotions and body lotions as the skin around the eye is very delicate. This sounds really terrible. Poor guy! I hope you find the solution you are looking for!
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mamaluv
where to apply on Sep 21, 2007 @ 10:40 am

I usually put a little face cream with SPF just below my eyebrows during the summer, and I find my natural skin oils pull it further down on its own. If I apply it further down the eyelid, it eventually makes its way into my eye and really burns. This is especially true for a generic cream that is not intended for the eye area.

Have you thought about using a very thin amount of Vaseline? just don't use too much, it'll make your eyes sticky. My kids have some pesky eczema, and I find only Vaseline really clears it up (I've tried the prescription creams too).
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Bubblybunny
thanks for the suggestions on Sep 22, 2007 @ 01:10 am

Hmmm...see, I can't seem to get Hubby to understand he can't just put anything he wants on his eyes. He thinks that all moisterizer work the same for all areas of the face. He actually likes using the Vaseline hand lotions on his face. I think it's terrible but he says it works. I've stopped him from doing it though b/c I thought the Vaseline scented face (although ok on body) is a little weird and repulsive.

Anyhow, so he has tried the vaseline lotion and the petroleum vaseline on his eyelids (Ugh!!). He also has eczema, so he has prescription eczema cream which he has also tried (double Ugh) on his lids. Trust me, this poor guy has tried everything but nothing seems to work.

Now, I give him my eye cream and it's ok for the summer. But when winter hits, I think we'll need an alternative solution...??

One more thing, I heard the petroleum vaseline is only good for keeping the moisture in the skin, but not good for moisterizing the skin. Is that true?
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