What is safe to wash eyelids with?

Use a prepared eyelid scrub solution recommended by your optometrist or a mixture of warm water and some non-irritating shampoo (such as a baby shampoo). Close one eye and wipe the solution back and forth over the eyelashes and the edge of the eyelid with a clean washcloth (one separately for each eye). Eyelid scrubs are gentle cleansers that soothe inflamed eyelids and help treat some eye conditions. They eliminate bacteria, oils and crusts that form along the lash line.

This helps to relieve itching and inflammation. A person can use a shampoo with tea tree oil on their eyelids or 50% tea tree oil to gently clean their eyelids. Eyelid scrubs can be effective in relieving dry, itchy, and peeling eyelids due to ALMD or PLMD, although PLMD is more likely to return over time. People with blepharitis should practice good eyelid hygiene and apply a mild cleanser (such as a baby shampoo) to the eyelids to keep them crust-free, especially during exacerbations.

Regular use of warm compresses, gentle eyelid massages and eyelid scrubs can help eliminate crust formation and reduce inflammation.

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