Eyelid Cleansers

Eyelid Cleansers

Applying eyelid cleanser to cotton round

Clean eyelids are essential for maintaining healthy eyes and optimal vision, but eyelid hygiene is often overlooked. This can lead to conditions such as dry eye and blepharitis, an inflammatory condition of the eyelids. Fortunately there are many products available to make cleaning your eyelids easy and effective. In this bog, we’ll discuss common eyelids cleansers and how they are used. 

Baby Shampoo

Baby shampoo is one of the most common eyelid cleansers. It can be found at nearly any drug or grocery store and it is relatively inexpensive. This is a great option for removing makeup and keeping the eye area clean. Because baby shampoo doesn’t contain soap, it won’t sting if it gets in your eyes. While baby shampoo is generally considered safe for use around the eyes, it is best to keep product on the eyelids and minimize exposure to the eyes. Irritation may occur if it enters the eye. Additionally, these products often contain fragrances and dyes which may cause irritation for sensitive individuals. 

To use: With clean hands, place a drop of baby shampoo on a clean cloth or cotton round. Add warm water. With eyes closed, gently rub cloth or round back and forth across eyelid, focusing on the area where lashes grow. Rinse with water. 

Lid Scrubs

Lid scrubs are a convenient way to keep your eyelids clean. They come prepackaged for single use, so they are a great option for traveling. There are a variety of lids scrubs available. The brand recommended by the doctors at Mountain View Eye Center is Ocusoft. These lid scrubs are non irritating, milder than baby shampoo, and effective at removing dirt and debris from eyelashes. Some users may find the papery feel of the scrub somewhat rough. 

To use: With clean hands, remove scrub from package. Wrap around finger. With eyes closed, scrub across eyelids where lashes grow. Rinse. Use nightly.

Foaming Cleansers

Foaming cleansers are a great option for a gentle clean, without the rough feel of a lid scrub. The doctors at Mountain View Optical recommend We Love Eyes Tea Tree Eyelid Foaming Cleanser. This optometrist developed formula is gentle but effective when it comes to cleaning dirt and bacteria from the eyelids. 

To use: Wash hands. Dispense 2 pumps onto clean fingertips. With eyes closed, gently rub onto eyelids & eyelashes. Rinse with water. Towel dry. Use nightly.

Hypochlorous Sprays

Hypochlorous sprays use hypochlorous acid to kill bacteria on the eyelids. This product is neutralized quickly when applied to the skin, and is generally considered safe for use on the eyelids. It is available over the counter from several manufacturers, such as Avenova, OcuSoft, and We Love Eyes. 

To use: Spray on a clean cotton pad or Q-Tip. Rub across the eyelids where the lashes grow. 

Oil Cleansers

Oil cleansers are a great way to melt stubborn makeup and debris from the eyelids. Because they contain oil, they have a moisturising effect on the eyelids, but they do leave an oily residue that may be bothersome for some users. These users may prefer to follow up with a foaming cleanser to remove residual oil. The doctors at Mountain View Eye Center recommend We Love Eyes Tea Tree Eyelid Cleansing Oil. 

To use: With clean hands, place 2 drops of the eyelid oil on a cotton swab. With eyes closed, carefully scrub the base of the lash. Repeat these steps on all eyelids. Use nightly. For best results, finish with We Love Eyes Eyelid Foaming Cleanser.

Always consult your eye doctor before using any new product around the eyes. If irritation occurs, discontinue use and call your eye doctor. Keep hands clean to prevent infection. Always remove contact lenses before cleaning or applying product to the eyelids. To schedule an appointment for an eye exam, call or text (907) 328-2920. To learn more about eyelid hygiene, read our blog on Blepharitis.

Written By: Gina Stafford, COA, LDO, ABOC

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