BETTER UNDERSTANDING EYE ATOPY
Eyes say a lot…
Our eyes are a fundamental part of our communication. A conversation hasn’t really started until two people look at each other. That moment of eye contact is when we share a real moment together, and it is our eyes that tell what we are truly thinking and how we’re truly feeling.
The weight of other people’s eyes
Eyelid irritation always appears at the worst moment, without warning, and mostly among women (80%). When eyelids are afflicted, self esteem and self image also suffer. And eyelid eczema unfortunately has a tendency to occur regularly and become chronic. The vicious circle happens frequently.
The extremely fragile eye contour area has its own specific characteristics. 3 to 4 times thinner than elsewhere on the face and more sensitive, eye contour skin has a very thin hydrolipidic film. It doesn’t protect as well, has less sebum and an altered cutaneous barrier function. This thinner skin is in constant demand to help eyelids blink about 10,000 times per day. Allergens and irritating molecules (cosmetics, shampoo and conditioner lather, nail polish…) can accumulate in the eyelid fold. Highly exposed, eyelids are very likely to develop irritations.
Be careful, the eye contour is fragile!
The typical symptoms of irritated eyelids are the same with each flare up, even if the causes can be very different, making diagnosis difficult. 1 OUT OF 3 PEOPLE* have experienced inflammation on the eyelid.
There are many ways irritants or allergens can reach the eyelid skin.
Direct contact they can be applied directly to the eyelid, or to areas close to it. This can be the case of a cream containing fragrances or essential oils that is applied to the whole face, or of a shampoo that is applied on the scalp but flows on the face. They can also be airborne, as for example pollens. Pollens are present in the air and can accumulate in the palpebral fold, and then trigger an allergy.
Some irritants or allergens can be carried by the hands. Polish is a very good example as it is applied only on the nails, but it is likely to trigger an allergy if we touch our eyes with painted fingers. Did you know we touch our eyes with our fingers about 100 times a day?**
According to the Canadian Dermatology Association, eczema is a recurring disease, and even the flare-ups may come and go, the atopy will never disappear! One more reason to better understand it!