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Started 1270581280.777 in Beauty Banter | Last reply 1270750360.787 by angelcat47

Hi Ladies, I have been suffering with burning reddish skin around my eyes and eye lids now for a few weeks. I asked this question before here and was got some advise which I used like selsun, but I still have it. I am pretty sure I am allergic to some kind of make-up...but I haven't changed anything I have been using so I don't know what it is.

To see a dermatologis would take me months as they are all booked up and I would have to see a primary first then get a referral.

I will try going without any make up at all for the rest of the week and see if something changes...but the area around my lids and eyes is soooo dry that I have to put something on it for it feels crackly and wrinkly all of a sudden. When I put moisturizers on, they burn and then disappear like in an instant. Guess my skin is thirsty.

Any ideas? Please HELP!




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Brabls1270582164.99314740 PostsRegistered 4/27/2007

Check your local news for air quality report. See of mold, okas or other local allergen numbers are high.

If you can't get into a derm see an eye doc (MD type).  I had to start scrubbing my eyes with baby shampoo & up the oil in my diet to resolve my red, weeping skin around my eyes. Eating too low fat a diet..........no womnder my total cholesterol is under 100{#emotions_dlg.huh}

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7catsmom1270582209.8271580 PostsRegistered 11/29/2007

Definitely stop wearing ALL makeup around your eyes.  Just rinse them with warm water.  Try Vaseline to moisturize.  If they get better in a few days, then add only one product back at a time and use only that product for a few days.  That way you will find out what is causing the problem.

Over the years, I've become allergic to an eyeshadow I had used for a long time and another time, a mascara, and I'm allergic to something in Clinique brush-on cream eyeliner.  There is something in pink/purple eyeshadows that some people are allergic to. 

Also, if you use nail polish, my opthalmologist told me that causes a lot of problems with skin around the eyes if you are allergic to something in the nail polish.

If they don't get better in a few days of going without makeup, call the dermatologist.  The one I go to now takes months to get an appointment, but I can always get in to see the Physician's Assistant in a week or less, so see if you can get in that way.  Good luck!

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KittyLouWho1270582214.63726542 PostsRegistered 1/11/2006

Hi, decoaddict,

I had this problem a few months ago and thought it was my eye makeup but couldn't figure out if it was shadow, liner, or mascara, or a combo.

I had been using Pond's to take off my makeup (including eye makeup) and decided to stop using it to remove my eye makeup.  Problem gone!

Have you changed your eye makeup remover lately?

Just a thought.  It was very frustrating for me until I finally found what the problem was.


"You make me feel like I've been locked out of heaven, for too long, for too long"
Bruno Mars

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dalimama1270582508.377342 PostsRegistered 10/18/2004

Burning, reddish skin calls for a trip to a 24-hr, walk-in medical facility or emergency room. 

Keeping it honest.

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Hersheyzmom1270582614.1672558 PostsRegistered 8/6/2008Back home in the Blue Ridge Mountains

decoaddict, it could be food allergies.  My eyes were doing the same thing.  I went to a dermatologist who prescribed "blephamide".  Well, I finally went to an allergy doctor, and yup, turned out I was highly allergic (suddenly!) to certain foods I've eaten my entire life, peanuts being the worst one.  My eyes would swell up and actually break out in lesions on my eyelids.  It might be worth looking into.  Hope this helps!

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Amour Mes ­Bijoux1270582630.9072295 PostsRegistered 12/2/2004Near The Ocean

Thanks to all that answered. Yes, I have changed my eye make-up remover, but only because of this irritation. I too had been using ponds prior to this break out, but this is recent. Maybe over time I became allergic to ponds? I don't know. I am going to change my entire routine this week and just see what happens.


The problem is the area is so dry and thirsty, I have to put something on it, so I think valeline is the only thing I will use for now.


Thanks again!


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katz11270582890.5933897 PostsRegistered 12/30/2009

It certainly sounds like a chemical burn. Who knows. I agree that maybe a trip to a doc in the box. At least they could give you something. I agree about the vaseline or neosporin kinda thing till you figure out what is causing it.

Good luck.

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7catsmom1270583223.7131580 PostsRegistered 11/29/2007

Here's a link to another thread about a similar problem that beanly had.  Maybe it will have more helpful suggestions/thoughts for you.

Also, maybe you can wear some cute sunglasses.  I wear my sunglasses a lot when I have to go without my eye makeup as I hate the way I look without it.

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green eart­h vintage1270583397.4672409 PostsRegistered 2/26/2009The Beautiful Poconos, Pennsylvania

Possibly Allergies or makeup?  I use "SteriLid" to wash my eyes which does help a lot.  I have very sensitive eyes and eyelids:

SteriLid Eyelid Cleanser:

Daily lid hygiene is important for those with blepharitis and dry eye, as well as those preparing for eye surgery. Finally, a convenient and effective way to cleanse the eyelids and eyelashes! Press the pump and SteriLid Eyelid Cleanser foam is ready to use. No mixing, no dilutions, no cotton tips, no pads.

Formerly GEV and green~tea (which I may alternate from time to time)

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GingerHead1270680717.54328 PostsRegistered 10/20/2006

I had the same thing and worse over a year ago( it was horrible). I went to an opthamalogist (after several docs and derms) who prescribed protopic and it practically cleared up over night. I've been symptom free for over a year. I maintain by washing my eyes with baby shampoo and coating my eye area with Alba Unpetrolem jelly(natural vaseline) every night to form a barrier to allergens and to help keep my lipid barrier intact.

So you might want to try washing with the baby shampoo and then coating with vaseline or Alba unpetroleum jelly.

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ladyroxanne1270681017.21311022 PostsRegistered 3/25/2008northern ca

Use the vaseline and make an appointment with your doctor.  Even though he is not a derm, he may be able to help you.  I know my doctor is excellent and saves me many times from having to go to specialists. 

I hope you feel better soon.

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cjdw1270681378.59462 PostsRegistered 4/17/2005Zinzinnati, on the banks of the beautifui Ohio

I had an episode that sounds similar to yours.  There is an over-the-counter product called 'Stye' that is in a tiny tube at your local drugstore; it's in the eyecare section and it costs about $8.  Ask the pharmacist to help you find it, if you are having trouble.  This product immediately took away the dryness and discomfort.  It is pure and natural, and so, so soothing.   Hope this helps.  

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babcias51270681991.3671377 PostsRegistered 1/12/2009Az.

You poor thing....How long has it been since you got new mascara?  I heard it shouldn't be used over 3 months...I always put the date I opened it on the tube with permanent marker......In the meantime, boil yourself some tea, let the bags cool in the fridge, then place them on your eyes...I love chamomile..It's great for relief & puffiness..Good luck to you.


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angelcat471270750360.7832372 PostsRegistered 7/5/2009Midwest

You may also want to try an over the counter cortisone cream such as Hydrocort or Cortaid for a few days...it may help with the irritation while waiting to see a doctor.

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