Have you ever had the problem of red and itchy rash around the eyes? Apart from making you look sick or tired, it also causes a major discomfort. It is sometimes so itchy that you can’t help rubbing and scratching the area, which only makes the matters worse.
How to deal with it, however? Is there a quick solution to this annoying problem? Provided you know what exactly caused the rash, it is relatively easy to reduce the problematic symptoms.
Causes Of Red Rash Around The Eyes
Red rash around the eyes can develop into dryness and swelling. Sometimes the thin skin around the eyes becomes sore and very irritated. In other cases, you can notice flakiness of the skin. Determining what caused the problem will let you get rid of those symptoms easily.
Many people who suffer from hay fever know all too well the problem of red skin around the eyes. Hay fever is a type of a season allergy triggered by airborne pollens and it usually affects people in spring and in the summertime, when a lot of plants are blooming. Apart from itchiness and redness around the eyes, people who struggle with hay fever have watery eyes and chest congestion, so it’s relatively easy to identify the source of the red rash problem.
Red rash around the eyes may be also a symptom of an allergic reaction. Some of the most common food allergens are milk, peanuts, eggs and wheat. If you notice that the redness around the eyes can be associated with certain foods you have eaten, chances are that you have developed an allergy to a specific product or group of products and you should contact the doctor to perform a special allergen test.
The inflammatory reaction may also be caused by contact with certain objects and it often happens to people who swim or ski in goggles. Physical objects are not the exclusive factor here, though, as many chemicals can irritate the sensitive skin around the eyes, too, which may cause a reaction in the form of a red rash. This can happen when you use a harsh shampoo and let the foam flow down your face when you rinse your hair.
Some soaps, deodorants, citrus peel, some medical creams and detergents may also cause dermatitis. There are few accompanying symptoms so it’s quite difficult to determine whether the problem is a symptom of contact dermatitis, but if you notice crusting and thinning of the skin around the eyes, chances are that this is, indeed, the source of the problem.
Reaction to Cosmetics
New products that you use for facial care may cause irritation if you have sensitive skin. It’s a good idea to stick to the same, verified brand of eye make-up products, facial cleansers and soaps, exfoliating scrubs and moisturising creams. Some of those products may contain harsh ingredients, like formaldehyde, nickel and cobalt, which often cause an allergic reaction. If you need to buy a new product, go for a hypoallergenic line or choose those creams and cleansers that contain only natural ingredients. This will reduce the chances of skin irritation and the occurrence of red rash around the eyes.
The immediate cause of atopic dermatitis, which is a type of eczema, is not exactly known, but it’s associated with various allergens, excessive sweating, sudden changes of air temperature and poor immune system. Atopic dermatitis may affect different areas of the skin, including the thin skin around the eyes. Since this area is thinner and more sensitive, the symptoms may develop from red rash and itch to peeling, breaking and bleeding of the skin. People who suffer from a recurring rash around the eyes, regardless of the season of the year (which might suggest a simple allergy), may suspect that they suffer from eczema.
Sometimes the delicate skin around the eyes becomes red and rash appears in this area because of rubbing and scratching, which often happens when a foreign object gets into the eyes and we rub the eye to reduce the discomfort. Also, women who remove eye make-up may rub the area too hard when they don’t use the appropriate technique or products.
How To Prevent Red Rash Around The Eyes
Be Gentle to Your Eyes
If your eyes get itchy, don’t rub them. Instead, identify the cause of the itchiness. If you have something in the eye, rinse it out with cold water rather than trying to push it out by rubbing. This usually doesn’t help and you may end up with a red rash or swelling that will last for two to three days. Also, remember to be very delicate when you remove the eye make-up. Apply a sufficient amount of eye make-up removal product on a cotton pad and press it gently against the eye.