Dry Skin Under Eyes: Symptoms & Treatments

The eyes are the focal point for the face. It is common to look in the mirror and see dry skin, wrinkles and sometimes even bags under the eyes. The skin under the eyes is thin and extremely sensitive. For this reason, it is important to take proper care of the skin under the eyes.

As we enter the winter time cold dry air dries out the skin around the eyes. Nobody wants dry flaky skin around the eyes. Fortunately, dry skin can be treated with several treatments.

Dry Skin Under the Eyes (Causes)

The skin under your eyes is thinner and more prone to damage then other parts of the body. What this means is that your skin around the eyes is not able to absorb moisture and is more prone to drying out vs the rest of your skin.

In addition to dry skin under the eyes being unappealing, it can become irritated and itchy, causing further damage. It’s important to take proper care to ensure further damage is not caused.

Below are some of the most common causes of dry skin under the eyes.

• The climate you live in
• Using hot Water
• Dry climate
• makeup

The climate you live in can make all the difference in your skin care routine. For example, someone living in the dry climate of Denver Colorado will have a different skin care routine than someone living in a humid climate such as Florida. If you are in a drier climate, ensure your skin is getting enough moisturizer to combat the dry air.

One of the most common ways skin under the eyes can be dried out and irritated is by using hot water to wash your face. Hot water removes necessary oil in the skin, often leaving the skin dry and irritated. Try to use lukewarm to cold water to ensure the body’s essential oils are not removed.

Believe it or not makeup is a common skin irritant for some. Be conscious of your makeup and whether it is irritating your skin. Try to use less makeup around the eyes. In addition, avoid sharing makeup with other as it can cause additional debris to the skin.

Identifying symptoms

Below are some of the most common symptoms of dry skin under the eyes. Irritation and swelling can be a common side effect of dry skin under the eyes.

• Dry skin around the eyes and eyelids
• Redness
• Dry cracked skin under eyes
• Irritation
• Soreness
• Dry flaky skin under the eyes
• swelling

How to treat Dry Skin Under the Eyes

Now that you know the cause of dry skin under the eyes and common symptoms, it time to learn how to treat it.

Use a Gentle Cleanser

Washing your face until its dry or irritated won’t get it any cleaner. You could be causing more damage to our skin and encouraging wrinkles and dry skin. Washing your face with a gentle cleanser may be just what your skin needs.

It’s important to use a gentle cleanser that lacks harsh chemicals.

Use a moisturizer

In addition, use a moisturizer that is specifically designed to apply under the eyes. Many factors contribute to how skin ages. Genetics, diet, skin care routine etc.. Regardless of external factors you may be experiencing, a moisturizing eye cream may help treat dry skin under your eyes.

In addition to using a moisturizing eye cream, look for an eye cream with an SPF. Choosing a moisturizer with SPF will help protect the skin under the eyes from damaging UV rays from the sun.

How to prevent dry skin around eyes

Like most symptoms, prevention is better than cure. Follow these tips to prevent yourself from experiencing dry skin under the eyes.

Be Gentle

Be gentle with your skin. Try not to rub or scratch your skin around the eyes. When washing your face, be gentle when scrubbing around the eyes and use a gentle cleanser.

Avoid Harsh Products and Chemicals

If using a cloth or tools to wash your face, ensure it is soft. This will help avoid irritation and damage to your skin.


Avoid using makeup in ways that would irritate your skin.
• Replace your makeup products regularly
• Use less makeup on your eyes
• Avoid sharing makeup with others

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Schané Flowers

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