Dandruff on your lashes could mean either blepharitis or seborrheic dermatitis. The good news is both are easily treatable. We have discussed both in this article.
Blepharitis is a common condition that involves the drying, swelling, reddening and itching of the eyes. Other symptoms of having the eyes become flaky may also occur. It is usually caused by bacteria or by your eyelid glands becoming blocked causing this area to become inflamed. Although blepharitis is not a serious ailment, neither is it contagious, it is chronic and may recur if proper preventive measures are not done. Blepharitis is usually caused by bacteria. So it is always important to stress that removing* any eye makeup before going to sleep is detrimental to the health of your eye area. Aside from bacteria, blepharitis may also be caused by the oil glands in your eyelash area. When these glands produce too much or too little oil, your eyes could either become dry and flaky or swell up and become inflamed.
Listed below are symptoms that should lead you to believe that you have blepharitis.
- The skins on the eyelids become flaky.
- The eye area is itchy.
- Redness of the eyelids.
- The feeling of having something constantly stuck in your eye.
- Your eyes are red.
- Inflammation (swelling) of the eyelash area.
- In more serious cases of blepharitis due to an infection, the eye area could also produce a yellow colored discharge.
When the dandruff or flakiness is a side effect of blepharitis the best treatment would be to go to your doctor and have him recommend an ointment for your eyes. Until then, using a hot compress on the affected area helps with the discomfort.
Unlike blepharitis that is mainly caused by bacteria, a more external problem, seborrheic dermatitis is cause by more internal factors such as diet and dehydration. When your system is filled with unwanted food such as caffeine, junk food and alcohol, this makes your skin suffer. Another reason and cause for this can also be a lack of water intake. This makes the skin on your lashes produce flakes that sort of look like dandruff. Listed below are a couple of ways you can treat* seborrheic dermatitis.
- Wash your face once or twice a day using soap that is made specially to fight yeast germs that strengthen the dandruff. Soaps that contain tea tree oil work like magic* for these types of problems. If you feel that your dandruff is more severe, you can wash thrice a day.
- Try massaging your lash line with natural oils such as almond or castor oil. Apply this before going to bed and thoroughly wash it off in the morning. This helps with the flakiness and dryness of the lash line.
- You can also try using a mixture of water and baby shampoo (the ones with the no tears formulation). Apply this formulation to your lash line to wash away any stubborn flakes.
- This tip is very important. Improve* your diet. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Also, remember to drink loads of water, at least 8 to 10 glasses a day. Your lashes will thank you for it.
Usually in cases where there is dandruff and flakiness are present in the lash area, it is only seborrheic dermatitis but if any of the above-mentioned treatments does not work, then it is time to consider blepharitis.