Do you have itchy and swollen eyelids? Are they red and sore? If so, you might have Blepharitis. Luckily, there are some very quick and easy ways to prevent this irritating condition.
How to prevent Blepharitis?
To know how to prevent the condition, it is helpful to know why it occurs. Put simply, Blepharitis is generally caused by flaky or oily skin around the eyelids, and oil from the glands around them. This leads to oil or particles from this skin to cause areas in front of and behind the eyelids to become inflamed (along with other similar effects).
Unfortunately, it is a chronic condition so it is hard, if not impossible, to get rid of it entirely. However, you can stop it flaring up and manifesting itself. Therefore, the best way to ensure that this doesn’t occur is to get rid of the skin flakes and oil! If they aren’t there, the inflammation won’t happen.
There are several ways in which you can do this. These aren’t individual, and work much better if done all together.
Firstly, you can gently massage your eyelids. This moves the oils from the glands in them, which prevents it from building up and causing infection.
Secondly, it is helpful to clean your eyelids. Cleaning prevents grime and dirt from building up which might make any occurrence of the symptoms worse, as well as removing the oil and skin flakes from the eyelids. One of the best solutions is to use a hot compress on your eyelids. This is because the warmth of this causes the oils in the eyelids to become thinner, and so reduces the chance of a build-up of these oils.
When should I do this?
The most effective way to prevent Blepharitis is to do all of these regularly, every day ideally, using a heat eye mask like EyeSoothe. This routine should prevent any significant irritation by stopping the oils and flakes from ever building up enough to cause it.