How to Exfoliate Dry Eyelids

Published on February 8, 2022 ​​​​​​​

When you experience dry, flaky eyelids, you could be suffering from eyelash dandruff or blepharitis. If this is the case, you can exfoliate your eyelids. However, you need to seek medical attention if the problem persists.

It is because it can impact your vision and overall health over time. If you are suffering from blepharitis or another form of dermatitis, adding an exfoliating treatment to your skincare routine can help.

What Is Blepharitis?

Blepharitis is a condition that causes inflammation of the eyelids. Your eyelids become red, itchy, and inflamed. You will also experience the formation of dandruff-like scales on your eyelashes.

This condition is common and often results from bacteria or a skin disorder like rosacea or dandruff of the scalp. There are two main types of blepharitis. You can experience a single type of blepharitis or a combination of both.

Types of Blepharitis

  • Posterior lid margin disease – This happens when there is an irregular production of an oily, unstable, and thick tear film. It is a result of dysfunctional glands in the eyelids.

  • Anterior lid margin disease – This happens when crusting forms at the base of the eyelashes. This is due to a superficial infection.

  • Mixed blepharitis – It is a combination of anterior and posterior lid margin disease.


This condition is quite responsive to treatment, but it often tends to keep coming back and does not go away completely. Experts believe good eyelid hygiene can be helpful. Also, applying a gentle cleanser like baby shampoo to the eyelids helps get rid of crusts. The following might help:

  • Perform a warm compress. To do this, apply a warm cloth to your closed eyelids for about five minutes. This helps break down oils that might be causing your glands to be dysfunctional.

  • Perform an eyelid massage after the warm compresses. It can help release oil out of the eyelid gland.

  • For eyelid hygiene, you must clean the eyelid margin about two times a day. When doing so, you should remove any micro-organisms or crusts mechanically. You can do this using a commercial or homemade eyelid scrub pad.

Exfoliating Your Eyelids

To exfoliate your eyelids, wet a washcloth in lukewarm water. Apply the warm, wet washcloth to your eyelids. Leave it in place for about five minutes or until the dry skin and crusts loosen. Then, mix a tablespoon of mild baby shampoo with a cup of water. Dip a sterilized, medical-grade Q-tip into the solution. Then, dab at your eyelashes and eyelids.

Repeat this until all traces of loose flakes disappear. Finally, use the washcloth to rinse away the baby shampoo and then apply a light moisturizer. For the best results, it is advisable to repeat the eyelid exfoliation daily.

The Takeaway

The most effective and simplest way to avoid getting eyelid conditions is by observing eyelid hygiene. Exfoliation is an effective way to treat and prevent disorders like blepharitis. However, do not use exfoliators meant for the face or large areas of your body on your eyelids. The skin on your eyelids is thin and sensitive. These exfoliators contain harsh ingredients that can harm your eye.

For more on exfoliating dry eyelids, visit Dau Family Eye Care at our office in St. Johns, Florida. You can call (904) 713-2020 to schedule an appointment today.

132 Everest Ln, Ste 5
St. John's, FL 32259