Red Dots Under the Eyes – Causes and Treatment

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Don’t underestimate the role of a toner. Use it twice a day, after you wash and dry your face. Toners will fix your pores and prepare your skin before applying a proper cream. You can buy a ready-made tonner for acne at the nearest drugstore or you can prepare it on your own with the natural ingredients, such as hazel or apple fruit extract.

Very often people mistakenly believe that skin with acne doesn’t need moisturizing as it’s already oily. However, it’s just the opposite. When your skin is extremely dry, it produces too much sebum that makes your skin oily and acne appears. Thus, apply a delicate, moisturizing lotion on your skin every morning and before you go to bed.

3.     Dermatitis

Dermatitis is a type of skin inflammation that usually occurs under the eye area. It usually happens as a result of reaction to some substances. When you suffer from dermatitis, the dots underneath your eyes are usually itchy and swollen.

The main difference between an allergic reaction and contact dermatitis is that in case of an allergy the symptoms don’t have to occur where the allergen makes contact. In case of contact dermatitis, however, the rash always appears around the area of the skin which was in contact with the irritant.

Dermatitis often happens as a result of contact of the skin with some substances that may be found in cosmetics. The eye rashes are mainly from soaps, sunscreen, mascara, facial washes, or creams. Also, old cosmetics may be harmful as some bacteria or fungi can form in them, which you may deposit on the eye area.

What is interesting is that the rash won’t develop the first time your skin touches something you’re allergic to. This first touch will only sensitize your skin, but the allergic reaction will come the next time.

You can try to treat the rash at home. If you know what was the cause of the red dots under eyes, don’t use or even touch this thing again. Wash your skin with mild soap or cleanser and wash it off with cool water.

It’s good to have a hydrocortisone cream at home and if the rash affects only a small area of your skin, use it when an allergic reaction appears.

Dermatitis sometimes requires a consultation from a doctor. Call him if the red dots under your eyes become painful or they don’t get better after a few days. If the rash is severe, you may need steroid pills or ointment and an antihistamine. The doctor can also run some tests in order to identify what you are allergic to.

4.     Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)

Eczema on face or under the eyes is not so common, but still it happens. In case of eczema apart from the red dots, your skin is also irritated and you may suffer from dryness, redness, peeling, breaking or even bleeding. Eczema likes to appear in periodic flare-ups and some studies have proved that emotional disturbance or high stress may worsen the problem.

There are a few types of eczema and if you want to treat it successfully, you need to consult your doctor who will help you identify the kind of eczema you deal with. If the inflammation of your skin is mild, probably a common over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream will be just enough.

If the dots under your eyes are more severe or itchy, a doctor may prescribe you a corticosteroid cream or an oral antihistamine to relieve the irritation. There are cases, however, when a secondary infection develops and an antibiotic is needed. The most severe forms of dermatitis are treated with corticosteroid pills or injections.

5.     Rosacea

This condition affects a lot of women and men all over the world. It’s a condition of the skin that usually starts underneath your eyes and then spreads towards the other areas of the face. The condition is difficult to cure, but there are some medications and creams that may improve the condition of your skin in a great extent.

6.     Keratosis Pilaris

It’s a skin condition that is not serious, but causes a lot of discomfort and problems with appearance  as skin feels like sandpaper. It happens when too much keratin is produced on your skin. Normal amount of keratin is beneficial as it protects the skin from infections, but when there is too much of it, the skin gets rough.

7.     Lyme Disease

It is a rare disease, but it might also be a reason of rash under the eyes. Lyme disease is spread mainly by bacteria transmitted through tick bites. Apart from the itchy red dots, you may also experience fever, headache, fatigue, and nervous system impairment.

8.     Rubber

The rubber in swimming goggles or snorkel masks may also cause red dots under the eyes, especially if they are worn too tightly as the rubber can irritate the skin. This type of rash, however, should disappear quickly.

9.     Herpes

We tend to associate herpes with the mouth, but it can also affect our eyes. To be more specific, it’s herpes simplex type 1 that may infect our eyes. When that happens, our eyes are red and they water, and a painful rash around the eye area might occur. Herpes can infect our eyes if we used a contaminated contact lens or if a person with herpes on their mouth, kissed our eye.

10.  Bacteria

If you touch your eyes or put your contact lenses with dirty hands, it possible that you unintentionally infect your eyes with some bacteria. As a result, your eyes might be red or some red dots under your eyes can appear, but usually it’s nothing serious.

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