Red and Scaly Skin

Any ideas on how to get rid of a red and scaly spot on my eyelid just below my eyebrow? I've been to the doctor, his ideas didn't work, tried cortisone products, Mary Kay night cream, and other things. Any ideas?

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Kim from Crawford, CO

September 13, 20070 found this helpful

It sounds like psoriasis to me, which needs a prescription to heal. You have to be extra careful that whatever you put on your eyelid doesn't go into your eye. I have found though that if I keep my skin well moisturized I have fewer outbreaks. I take flax oil (internally) as a supplement and also use baby oil on my wet skin after a shower. Sorry I couldn't find the magic pill for you! You may need to see a dermatologist for an accurate diagnosis.

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September 13, 20070 found this helpful

What did your doctor say was the cause? You could have dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, or other skin ailments, and each one needs different treatment.

It probably wouldn't hurt to put plain petroleum jelly on it (like vaseline) and see if that helps. I read on some site that vaseline may "smother" some psoriatic lesions after about a week of treatment.

Online, you can find an entire spectrum of home remedy treatments, but those probably won't help you until you have a diagnosis.

Good luck :-)

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September 13, 20070 found this helpful

my friend puts crisco on her sons excema. of course it is greasy so it softens it.

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September 13, 20070 found this helpful

Vitamin E oil will often help. It is available fairly inexpensively in small bottles, or, if you already have Vitamin E capsules that you take as part of your vitamin routine, you can simply pierce one of those capsules and apply the oil directly to the area. It would save the cost of buying the bottle of oil.

Make sure you don't get any in your eye. It takes just a tiny touch of the oil, because it goes a long way. You can apply this several times a day.

Something else you could try that sounds really weird is to use some dandruff shampoo to cleanse the scaly spot. Be super careful to not get it in your eye!!! I used to have horrible problems with recurrent dry scaly spots that would become weeping, oozing sores, and they were right over my eyebrows. After trying several other treatments unsuccessfully, my doctor finally suggested using dandruff shampoo, and it worked like a miracle cure! I was just blown away by how successfullly that worked! I've used this treatment several times in the past 25+ years, and it has worked for me every single time. All I did was dampen the area, get a dab of shampoo on my finger and massage it gently into the sore spot, making it lather just a little bit. Then rinse well with clear water and pat dry. Do this 2-3 times per day until sore is healed. Mine usually showed improvement within 3 days, and were pretty much gone in about 7-10 days.

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September 13, 20070 found this helpful

My doctor advised me to wash my eyes with Baby shampoo because I have really sensitive eyes(allergies).

I'd also say to use vaseline @ night before going to sleep. I wouldn't wear eye shadow. Just put a little blush powder to highlight or soften look. Stay away from eye shadows till you see some improvement. I can't say enough about the baby shampoo washing of the eyes and it takes off mascara too. I don't wear much. Try a lose face powder, blush and mascara. I know you'll start to see a difference.

And throw out any other make-up you have. Go buy new.

Jennifer CA

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September 14, 20070 found this helpful

I get what you described when I use any creams on my eyelids. I'm allergic to preservatives used in them. I am allergic to methylparaben and anything with the word urea after it. Check the ingredients used in your products to see what they have in common. Be careful what you put on your skin.

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September 14, 20070 found this helpful

I had this and had a hard time getting rid of it. Make sure your mascara and makeup are fairly new so they are not carrying a lot of bacteria.

I think it is some sort of fungus, like athelete's foot, only around your eyes. I used an athlete's foot cream and that helped but what finally got rid of it was cortisone cream which you said didn't work. You could also try products like Ambesol that have ingredients no bacteria could live through. Just make sure you don't get any in your eyes.

If that doesn't help, I would go to a naturopath.

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September 14, 20070 found this helpful

Since you've already been to the doctor and what he prescribed hasn't helped much, you might try vitamin E. You just poke a hole in a capsule with a pin, and put it on the rough skin. It's often recommended for chapped lips, and it works really well if you use it every day until they're healed. Also, if you have allergies, this may be a symptom and you'll need to avoid whatever your allergens are. Good luck. I hope you find what works for you.

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September 14, 20070 found this helpful

I would suggest going to a dermatologist if that's not the type of doctor you went to see.

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September 15, 20070 found this helpful

My dermatologist gave me an rx for Eladil cream and it works well and I have used it for a couple of years now. Once you get those dermatitis problems they usually come back every now and then, at least mine did. You might ask for samples from your doctor. Mine always has some to share. That way you can try it before you buy it.

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September 21, 20070 found this helpful

I have this problem as well. I have not gone to a Dr. as of yet,however vitamin E made mine worse.

Vaseline has kept it in check for me.

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October 17, 20070 found this helpful

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July 7, 20080 found this helpful

I have an update on my Red and Scaly Skin: my new doc (a woman) said it is eczema, and she prescribed a cream called Desoximetasone. Funny thing is, when I got the Rx, the info sheet also called this med Topicort, which I remember my Grandad using years ago for HIS eczema! Go figure! Anyway, it immediately calmed down the swelling and redness, my eye area finally looks normal again. It's a keeper for me!

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