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Causes and Treatments for Dry Skin Around Eyes

Dry skin can affect any part of the face or body, but it’s particularly common around the eyes. As this area is more sensitive than other parts of the face, treating dry skin around the eyes can be tricky. With prescription products and professional treatments, however, you can successfully treat dry skin around eyes.

What causes dry skin around eyes?


There are various factors that cause dry skin some of which are more common than others. Some people are more prone to dry skin than others and if you have dry or dehydrated skin in general, you may notice particular dryness around the eye area.

Alternatively, allergies can often be the cause of dry skin. When your eyes are itchy or uncomfortable, you may notice that they water more often than usual. This can cause the surrounding skin to become drier than usual. In addition to this, allergies can cause you to rub the sensitive area around your eyes when they feel itchy. Constantly rubbing your skin or itching your eyes can lead to increasingly dry skin and may introduce bacteria to the area.

Environmental factors can also play a role in dry skin, and you may notice your eye area is affected. When the temperature is particularly cold, for example, skin tends to be drier and more sensitive. Similar to allergies, cold temperatures can cause your eyes to water which exacerbates dryness.

Another common cause of dry skin around the eyes is regularly wearing make-up. As people tend to use an array of products around their eyes, the regular application of products can cause the skin to become dry and flaky. Indeed, failing to completely remove your make-up every night could also exacerbate dryness and irritation

Treatment options

When you’re choosing what treatment to use for dry skin around the eyes, it’s important to remember that this area of your face is particularly sensitive. Furthermore, if products get into the eyes, they can cause extreme discomfort, stinging and irritation. Due to this, it’s important to seek professional advice when you’re trying to alleviate dry skin around the eyes.

Although there are plenty of over-the-counter creams and gels designed to target the area surrounding the eyes, these aren’t always capable of resolving excessively dry skin. Instead, prescription-strength products may be required to rejuvenate the skin and minimize dryness.

If the area is also occupied by other skin concerns, such as fine lines or pigmentation issues, it may be possible to target both issues with the same treatments. MicroPen treatments are often used to resolve skin texture issues, along with fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and scarring.

If you’re dealing with chronic or acute dry skin, an assessment by a qualified professional can help to identify the cause and appropriate treatments. To learn more, contact us at Vargas Face and Skin Center on 913-381-4900. We’re always on hand to answer any questions you may have.

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