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Thread: really dried out creepy upper eyelids? what can i do? please help!!!

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    really dried out creepy upper eyelids? what can i do? please help!!!

    im 37 and my eyelids (uppers ) look like im in my 50s. omg. i cant even wear eyeshadow w/o it totally creasing within minutes... i have to keep up my warm compress and massage (today i just got some white crap out of my glands ) so i cannot stop with my MGD.

    I was curious if there is anything i can use on my eyelids when sleeping or anytime to moisturize the actual upper eyelid?? i know they will always be dry from the warm compress and i guess the massage has caused major wrinkling??

    anyone else go through this and does anyone know what to do for help?? thanks gals and guys!!!
    Jenny

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    Hi Jenny,
    Yes, those compresses really dry me out too. I keep Vaseline or Systane Ointment on my eyelids and around (not in) my eyes during the day and especially at night. I use Azasite before bed, and find that having some lubrication around the eyes really helps keep my eyes from being glued shut in the mornings. It also makes it easier to express the glands. If the eyelid skin is dry, there is lots of friction, and my eyes get pretty roughed up. Good luck, Jenny!

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    There are several threads in the archives regarding the same thing. There are many different recommendations by different members so check them out.

    The one thing that works for me is vaseline petroleum jelly. It is the only substance that gives me quick relief and also can serve as a protective barrier to allergens and other substances and fragrances that I am reactive to.

    All the drops, medications and other chemicals and substances that go into your eyes will spill over onto your eyelids. Eyelid dermatitis is a very common problem for people that have dry eye or ocular surface inflammation. And is is also common in people who use lots of drops and medications in the eye.

    You may be reacting to one or many of the products or medications you use and as the skin on your eyelids becomes more sensitive, more substances can trigger inflammation on your eyelids.

    I get eczema on the skin around my eyes (starting with the outside corners) and if I don't start using the vaseline daily, it will get worse.

    You may want to see a dermatologist to make sure you don't have one of the forms of dermatitis (like eczema, allergic, seborrheic).

    Some members here are allergic to petroleum jelly, so be careful. I am allergic to pretty much anything OTHER than vaseline (natural moisturizers, organic creams, expensive undereye creams, etc).

    Oh, and I can't use any eye makeup anymore either. Drat.

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    Jenny, I am not using warm compresses or messing with my lids, but I found that the drops actually cause a chapping on my lids, so bad that at one time they were actually bleeding at the inner corner, my whole area around my eyes looked so bad, I even posted on here a while back about it. when it was at its worse, I found an old tube of tobramax ointment and used it at night on my lids and it helped. Do you also notice that they are a bit puffy? I would notice that too. Hope it gets better soon.

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    ive had my doc check them out-i go like almost every month.. i dont have ecema or dermatitis.. he said they just simply dry due to the compresses-i have a tendency to go too hot at times... thanks for all the suggestions. i use vasoline but not religously at night. i will try it then. thanks everyone!!!
    Jenny

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    Quote Originally Posted by jenny2008 View Post
    ive had my doc check them out-i go like almost every month.. i dont have ecema or dermatitis.. he said they just simply dry due to the compresses-i have a tendency to go too hot at times... thanks for all the suggestions. i use vasoline but not religously at night. i will try it then. thanks everyone!!!
    I have the same thing and I haven't done warm compresses in months. I think it has something to do with the eyes being irritated in general, so it affects the lids all of the skin around them. I try to do cold compresses, which soothes my eyes and also the skin. Maybe try doing warm compresses and then throw in a cold compress every now and then to calm them down.

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    I use jojoba oil

    Jojoba is a great moisturizer for people with sensitive eyes! Its non clogging an cheap! I don't like vaseline just for the point that how many of my kids dirty fingers have been using it! lol

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    Regina, do you get the Jojoba oil at a health food store? I've seen it as a common ingredient but tho I've not looked for it I don't want to get the wrong thing for my eyes?
    Thanks, Christine

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    Great thread Jen ..

    You definetly seem to be having the same problem with heat which actually kills my eyelids and makes the skin look all stretched and wrinkly and scaled, I have to be very careful as I don't want to look about 80 and have permanent heat damaged chapped scaly eyelids.

    Would jojoba oil be good for the shrivelled stretched skin on my upper lids, it won't it irritate the eyes as I used it with almond oil before and it used to burn my eyes but maybe that was the almond oil causing the burning and not the jojoba?
    "Only the body can heal itself, and all healing must come from within your body."

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    Yes the Jojoba from the natural area....everyone is different of course...but it works for me.

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    Moisture Barriers Work for Me

    Hey,

    I use ONYIX moisture barriers - drug free and no drops. It's just a plastic type comfortable mask that I wear at night. In the morning, there is MOISTURE on the black eye covers. The mask keeps the eye moisture from evaporating. They were recommended by my eye surgeon and they work for me. They cost about $40. Order online.

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    Organic, cold pressed castor oil might be a good moisturiser, because you can even use it in your eyes. So you don't have to worry about it leaking into your eyes after you've moisturised your eyelids.

    Also, to avoid stretching your eyelids during compression, have you tried steam goggles? I have just ordered a pair of BLEPHASTEAM goggles for this reason (they were recommended to me by my opthalmologist who is a dry eye specialist). They are supposed to melt the oil in the meiboman glands without you having to press on your eyelids and eyeball.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lacrima View Post
    have you tried steam goggles? I have just ordered a pair of BLEPHASTEAM goggles.
    Just FYI - Blephasteam is a medical device and for the moment they are not allowed to sell it outside Europe.

    They can sell and deliver to France, Germany, The United Kingdom, Belgium, The Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Poland and Switzerland.

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    I didn't realise they were only available in Europe. Hope they are available abroad soon.. I know that the French pharmacy will send to other places in Europe which are not listed above. I just wanted to add that I have tried the goggles, and they are very good. It is a simple, lightweight device. My eyes felt like they had all the benefits of a manual compress, but my eyeballs were not red at all afterwards. Even when I did the massage after taking them off. They are expensive but I feel they're worth the money.

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