We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What Causes Eyelid Dermatitis?

Mary McMahon
By
Updated Mar 03, 2024
Our promise to you
The Health Board is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At The Health Board, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Eyelid dermatitis is caused by an irritant on or around the eyelid that causes the immune system to react. It can also be the result of an autoimmune problem, where the immune system starts attacking the body's own tissue by mistake. Treatment of eyelid dermatitis involves providing medications to ease the itching and irritation in the short term, and finding out what the irritant was so it can be avoided in the long term.

Symptoms of eyelid dermatitis include swelling, redness, puffiness, and itching. The eyelid may feel tender to the touch and it can be difficult to fully open or close the eye, depending on the nature of the irritation. Immediate treatment can include cool compresses and gentle washes to keep the eye clean and dry. People should avoid using eye makeup while the eyelid heals. If they will be in environments where particulates and other irritants are present, even if they don't normally react to them, they should wear eye protection, as tender eyelid may react and grow more inflamed.

One thing to be aware of with irritants and allergens is that sometimes people develop an immune reaction on the first exposure, ensuring that the second time the eyelid is exposed to the irritant, it reacts. Other times, people may be exposed hundreds or even thousands of times before the immune system randomly decides that something is a threat and develops a reaction to it. Thus, people shouldn't assume that because they have never had a problem with something, it cannot possibly be the culprit behind eyelid dermatitis.

One of the most common causes of eyelid dermatitis is makeup. This can happen as a result of a reaction developed over time, and also when makeup companies change ingredients. Sometimes, people who know they have allergies may get in the habit of using the same products, and if the company changes something, they might not notice, and end up mistakenly applying a known allergen to the eyelid. Eyelid dermatitis caused by makeup will get worse each time people use the product.

People can also experience contact dermatitis if they handle an irritant and then rub their eyes. Often, food is behind the irritation; people handle peppers, for example, then rub their eyes without thinking and develop swollen, puffy eyelids. Pollen and other irritants in the environment may also cause eyelid dermatitis and can be hard to avoid unless people stay indoors and use filtration in their homes.

The Health Board is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Mary McMahon
By Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a The Health Board researcher and writer. Mary has a liberal arts degree from Goddard College and spends her free time reading, cooking, and exploring the great outdoors.

Discussion Comments
By starrynight — On Aug 03, 2011

@Azuza - I actually got eyelid dermatitis from makeup once before. I tried a new type of eyeliner I had seen a commercial for and it was a terrible idea!

The worst part was I actually didn't put two and two together. So after the dermatitis got better the first time I used the eyeliner again! Then I finally realized that was the cause of all my troubles and switched back to my old brand.

By Azuza — On Aug 02, 2011

I get eyelid dermatitis from pollen in the spring sometimes. It is very, very unpleasant. I especially hate it because I normally wear contact lenses and when I have this problem I have to wear my glasses instead!

One thing I've found that kind of helps me avoid this problem is washing. When I wash my face, I use a really gentle face wash and make sure to actually wash my eye lashes. Pollen and other irritants can get stuck in there, so washing really cuts down on allergic reactions.

Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a...

Learn more
The Health Board, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

The Health Board, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.