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Tips for Treating Dry Skin Around Your Eyes

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It’s often said that your eyelids are the shades of your eyes.

They help to protect from light and wash away dirt and irritants with every blink.

The skin under your eyes and eyelids is much drier than anywhere else on your face.

It contains fewer oil glands and is less able to retain moisture, leaving it vulnerable to drying out.

If your concern is dry skin around the eyes, you will enjoy our handy tips.

Why the Skin Becomes Dry

Dry skin around the eyes and on your eyelids can be frustrating.

The reason it happens is that this area has very few active oil glands,

It doesn’t have any natural ability to keep your skin moisturised.

Therefore, your skin is more susceptible to drying out, so moisturising this area is key.

The tricky part is often identifying what exactly is causing your dry skin around the eyes.

Well, it may surprise you to know that there are several culprits:

  • crying
  • pollution
  • allergies
  • contact lenses
  • use of hot water
  • overexposure to the sun
  • irritants in cosmetics
  • incorrect makeup practices
  • underlying skin conditions
  • cold, dry weather strips your skin of oils

Conditions that Cause Dry Skin Around the Eyes


Contact dermatitis is a skin condition that arises when your skin interacts with an irritant causing dry, red, and flaky skin.

Certain personal care products, including sunscreen and makeup, are irritants responsible for contact dermatitis; fragrances can be irritants.

Risk factors are genetics, the immune system, and even environmental issues.

Allergens and Irritants

Rashes can occur anywhere on your skin, but because the skin on your eyelid is thinner than other areas of your face, the barrier function is more easily disrupted, making it especially vulnerable.

Many airborne allergens in our environment, like pollen and pollution, can react with your eyelid skin, causing redness, itching, flaking, and even swelling.

This study (1) identified several common allergens that cause dry skin around eyes.

Dry Eye Conditions

This study (2) included 50 participants, 25 with and 25 without dry eye symptoms.

Interestingly those without dry eye symptoms had oilier facial skin than those with dry eyes, and those with dry facial skin had drier eyes.


This is caused by a bacteria or an existing condition like rosacea that can create scales on your eyelids and symptoms like redness, irritation, and general inflammation.

Health Conditions Can Cause Dry Skin

Occasionally, dry, flaking eyelids can be a symptom of systemic health conditions like thyroid disorders and psoriasis.

If the flaking is accompanied by red, puffy, or purple discolouration around your eyes, this could indicate an autoimmune condition like lupus or dermatomyositis.

These are rare but serious; if you’re not sure what’s causing your dry eyes or you have other symptoms along with dryness, we recommend checking in with your doctor or dermatologist.

Treating Dry Skin Around Your Eyes

  • use an eye cream daily; one that contains an SPF of 30 or above
  • dry skin around the eyes may mean that you are susceptible to allergies. To reduce your risk of allergic reactions, use hypoallergenic makeup, as they contain fewer chemicals
  • underlying fatty tissue around your eyes act as a cushion for the eyeball; as we age, this tissue starts to deplete; anti-ageing serums and eye creams especially with vitamin A will help to keep this tissue plump and protected.
  • eye makeup products that are difficult to take off and require a lot of effort to remove can be hard on the delicate skin around your eye area, causing dryness and redness, instead use a gentle alcohol-free, eye makeup remover to prepare this area for cleansing
  • avoid using products that stretch this delicate area upon removal, such as waterproof mascara
  • wear your sunnies; constant exposure to UV rays can damage the tissue, drying it out and weakening the elastin fibres that keep your eyelids taut.
  • Sun damage is a significant reason dry skin around the eyes occurs, and can make dark circles appear more noticeable.

Essentially what we are saying is that he skin beneath your eyes is thinner and more sensitive than anywhere else on your face, so it’s much more vulnerable to irritation, so it requires gentle TLC.

Makeup removal tips

No article on dry skin around the eyes would be complete without mentioning how to remove makeup carefully, to avoid causing dry skin.

  • Q-tips are great for gently removing excess makeup from the base of the lashes. They won’t drag your skin and cause permanent damage. If you use cotton wool, make sure it is free of rough particles
  • saturate a cotton pad in eye makeup remover and then vertically roll the pad from eyebrow to lash line until the makeup is removed
  • the same technique can be applied under the eyes, horizontally rolling from the outer corner to the bridge of the nose; this will help to prevent stretching the skin’s delicate tissue

To Conclude. The naked truth

Genetics, the makeup products you use, constantly rubbing your eyes, and underlying skin conditions like dermatitis may all be responsible for causing the skin under your eyes to become dry.

For dry skin around the eyes it is essential to treat with care, and to avoid potential future problems and premature ageing.

A regular skincare routine that you can commit to in the morning and at night will treat existing dry skin and prevent it from developing into a chronic issue in the future.

Avoid using harsh products, hot water, and rubbing your eyes too much.

Instead, treat this delicate skin with care, and look for eye creams that are hypoallergenic.


1. Seven Common Allergen Groups Causing Eyelid Dermatitis: Education and Avoidance Strategies.

2. Dry eye and dry skin – is there a connection?

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