The Right Way to Perform an Eyelid Scrub

Eyelid scrubs. JGI/Jamie Grill

Eyelid scrubs can be effective for relieving dry, itchy, flaking eyelids. Eyelid scrubs are often recommended in the treatment of blepharitis, an inflammation of the eyelids. Since they're inexpensive and easy to perform at home, eyelid scrubs are a great way to keep your eyelashes clean and alleviate symptoms.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: A few minutes

Here's How

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
  1. Soak a clean washcloth in warm water.
  2. Apply a small amount of baby shampoo to the washcloth.
  3. Close one eye and gently rub the base of your eyelashes with the warm washcloth, being careful to rub the entire area. Do this for one minute. (A Q-tip may be used in place of the washcloth, a gentler option if you have marked inflammation.)
  4. Carefully rinse your entire eyelid with clean, cool water.
  5. Repeat with your other eye, using a clean washcloth.

Useful Tips

  1. Your eye doctor may recommend performing an eyelid scrub two or three times each day to help alleviate your symptoms.
  2. Some eye doctors may suggest an over-the-counter cleansing agent to use in place of baby shampoo.
  3. Always use a clean washcloth for each eye to avoid spreading germs or bacteria from one eye to the other.
  4. If you suffer from blepharitis, eyelid scrubs might become part of your daily eyelid hygiene routine.

What You Need

  • Clean washcloth, or Q-tip
  • Warm water
  • Baby shampoo

Most doctors currently recommend commercially prepared eyelid scrub packets. They tend to contain anti-bacterial soaps or chemicals that do a better job than baby shampoo.

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