Over the last few years I have suffered on and off with Blepharitis. Blepharitis is when the rims of the eyelids become inflamed. This can make your eyes red, irritated and itchy. Dandruff-like crusts can appear on your eyelashes. It can be caused by bacterial infection or can be a complication of skin conditions such as seborrhoeic dermatitis (a skin condition that can cause itchy rashes on the skin and scalp). When seborrhoeic dermatitis affects the scalp, it’s called dandruff. Another associated skin condition is rosacea, which causes the face to appear red and blotchy which is wear mine comes from.

Blepharitis is a chronic condition, meaning that once it develops you’ll probably have repeated episodes. There is no cure. It is estimated that blepharitis is responsible for 5% of all eye problems that are reported to GPs. It is more common in older adults, but can develop at any age. However, there are a range of treatments that can control the symptoms. It is important that you clean your eyelids every day, whether or not you are experiencing any symptoms. You should consider it part of your daily routine, like showering or brushing your teeth. Effective eye hygiene will reduce both the severity and frequency of symptoms.

You should apply a warm compress (cloths or cotton wool warmed with hot water) to your closed eyelids for five to ten minutes. Gently rub the compress over your closed eyelids for two to three minutes, and then repeat. This will help loosen any crusting. Then gently clean your eyelids with a cotton bud. Using warm water with a small amount of baby shampoo, or sodium bicarbonate (a teaspoon dissolved in a cup of water) is recommended. You should always use a mirror when cleaning your eyelids as this will prevent any possible damage to your eyes.

I know from my own experience that if I keep to an eye routine then I keep mine at bay or under control, and if I use certain eye make-up especially eye-liner or waterproof mascara that I remove it throughly and not use it everyday as my eyes start to go itchy and sore.

To find out more then have a look at our site www.pureandgentle.com where we are building a directory of skin conditions, what they mean and their symptoms.



I have always had hyper-sensitive skin, particularly on my face, resulting in areas of itchy, dry eczema which now has been diagnosed as Rosacea along with the eczema. Also a close family member was diagnosed with a Maligant Melanoma skin cancer in 2007 forcing the whole family to become more aware of the effects the sun can have on our skin and how chemotherapy and other cancer treatments has such an effect on your skin too. I have subsequently spent time investigating the sun screen market to not only provide the right protection, but won’t cause skin irritation along with moisturisers and other products for after and during cancer treatment. I am not a medic; I am a mum with many years’ experience of having to deal with skin problems and www.pureandgentle.com was started because of this to find non- irritant products, research and information all in one place. I have found small tricks that can help along the way which I can share with you and hopefully relieve some of your problems with your skin.

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