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Blepharitis - does your skin condition make you more prone?

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I had a long telephone conversation with a customer today. She rang looking for advice or blepharitis and was delighted as we were the only skin care brand she had spoken to who had heard of the condition. 

Blepharitis is inflammation of the edges of the eyelids, right at the bottom of your eyelashes. It can be sore and make your eyes swollen and red. Stinging is common too and you can get a build-up around your eyelashes that looks like dandruff. 

It can affect anyone but it seems that people with acne and rosacea can be more prone to a flare up. Like other skin conditions it can be mild and temporary or severe, chronic and reoccuring.

You may find that your symptoms are worse on waking. You may experience some light sensitivity and in extreme cases you may lose eyelashes.

If you think you have blepharitis, it’s really important to seek medical advice. This may be your GP, Optician or Pharmacist. They will be able to diagnose accurately and give some advice on how to treat the inflammation. You’ll need to be patient, it can take a bit of time to clear. Good eye hygiene is key to making sure you don’t suffer again. 

Some simple steps can help limit the symptoms and shift the infection. Try using one of our muslin cloths, soaked in warm water and gently held over the eyelids. This will help thin sticky sebum thin and make it easier to clear and congestion at the base of your eyelashes.

Make sure you keep any cloths or tools that you are using on your face super clean. Change cloths daily and any cloths used on your eyes after every use. Blepharitis isn't known to be contagious but we always recommend having your own face cloth whether you have a skin condition or not

During an outbreak of blepharitis we suggest you steer clear of eye makeup. If you are prone to regular blepharitis attacks then it may want to ditch the eyeliner, it can block the ducts around the eye lashes. Other eye makeup product start simply perhaps just one product and see how you go you'll soon workout what does and doesn't affect your condition. Of course it's really important everyone to remove their eye makeup properly but especially if you are prone to eye infections and problems, no skipping it!

The NHS support the the evidence that a diet rich in Omega-3 can help reduce blepharitis outbreaks. You can get your omega-3 from oily fish or vegan sources include various nuts, seeds, soya products and green leafy veg. 

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