If you suffer from rosacea but also experience red, dry, itchy and inflamed eyelids. Then it’s likely that you have a little-known condition called rosacea-associated blepharitis
This eye condition is common in people with rosacea. Often the two conditions are not associated with each other by doctors.
The rosacea-associated blepharitis occurs because the oil glands in the lid of rosacea sufferers releases an oil which leads to swelling of the tiny glands on the eye lids, making eye lids itchy, dry, red & swollen.
The treatments for this eye condition are limited and the problem is usually recurrent.
These steps can help dampen flare ups of rosacea-associated blepharitis and decrease their frequency;
- Apply warm clean compress to eye lids for several minutes to melt any waxy deposits on lids that may cause blockage and inflammation.
- Cleanse around the eye with a non-chemical non-perfumed gentle sensitive skin cleanser and soft cotton pad
- Gently apply non-steroid soothing and anti-inflammatory eye treatmentto eye lids
- Avoid use of eye make up during blepharitis flare up
- Some evidence suggests that Omega 3 fish oil or flaxseed oil supplements can help reduce the intensity and frequency of rosacea-associated blepharitis flare ups