Eyelid eczema, cause is not only by perfume

Redness, itching and swelling around the eyes is consistent with eczema. Eyelid eczema is a common problem. In the same breath, perfume is referred to as ‘the usual’ suspect. But there are several allergic substances that cause eczema around the eyes. An American research group has figured it out.

Eyelid eczema – summary

The researchers analyzed data from 50,795 patients between the period 1994-2016. Of these patients, 3,955 (7.8%) had eczema of the eyelids. Common causes of eczema around the eyes appear to be irritative eczema, contact allergic eczema and atopic eczema. Allergic substances aka allergens that were frequently linked to eyelid eczema are nickel sulfate (18.6%), perfume mix I (16.5%), methylisothiazolinone (16.5%), gold sodium thiosulfate (14.7%) and perubal (11.9%).

Other allergic substances to which patients with eczema of the eyelids reacted more frequently were dimethylaminopropylamine, oleamidopropyldimethylamine, neomycin, carmine, shellac and thimerosal.

Perfume mix I – what’s in the mix?

Eyelid Eczema Cause Not Perfume

For clarification, perfume mix 1 is a mixture of perfume substances. It consists of the following substances: cinnamyl alcohol, cinnamaldehyde, eugenol, alpha-amyl-cinnamaldehyde, hydroxycitronellal, geraniol, isoeugenol and oak moss absolute.

Read more about fragrance in your skincare and also about perfume mix II.

Eyelid eczema – researchers’ recommendation

Actually quite clear, eczema of your eyelids is an allergic examination certainly useful. Dermatologists use patch tests on your back.

While you’re here

Eczema of the lips can be divided into two different groups. You have one contact allergic group and the other is irritative eczema. An example of irritative eczema is, for example, by unconsciously licking your lips. More on the two differences: eczema lips


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