12 Best Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Rash Around The Eyes July 3, 2017

Eyes, they say, are the windows to our soul! But, these ‘windows’ and the skin around are very sensitive. Rashes can develop very easily around the eyes and can look ghastly. Worry not as the shelf in your kitchen contains ingredients that can heal this rash with ease. Read on to know more!

Your eyes are the most delicate and sensitive parts of your face. A rash on the eyelids or under the lids can cause a lot of discomfort and even pain. Firstly, ensure not to scratch or rub any inflammation around the eye. This can aggravate the rash. Instead, you can try one of the home remedies from this article to relieve the irritation, discoloration, and pain.

Let us first examine the causes of rashes around the eyes and then we shall look into the different natural remedies you can use.

Causes Of Rash Around The Eyes

Eye rashes can be due to various reasons. The most common ones are given below –

  • Allergens or irritants in skincare or beauty products
  • Ill-fitting contact lenses
  • Unclean eye makeup
  • Rubber from swimming goggles or snorkeling mask
  • Bacterial infection
  • Dermatitis or eczema
  • Lyme disease

If you have somehow developed a rash around your eye, you really don’t need to run to the doctor in most cases. With these remedies, you can treat your eye rash effectively in the comforts of your home. Here are a few natural solutions to the problem.

How To Get Rid Of Rash Around Eyes

  1. Essential Oils
  2. Apple Cider Vinegar
  3. Aloe Vera
  4. Cucumber Slices
  5. Chamomile
  6. Cold Compress
  7. Witch Hazel
  8. Frozen Peas
  9. Rose Water
  10. Potato
  11. Saline Solution
  12. Humidifier

The Best Eye Rash Home Remedies

1. Essential Oils

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You Will Need
  • 1 drop lavender essential oil
  • 1-2 drops coconut oil OR castor oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the oils together and apply on the rash carefully. Use a Q-tip if required.
  2. Leave this on for a few hours.
How Often You Should Do This

Reapply the oils twice in a day.

Why This Works

Both castor oil and coconut oil reduce inflammation and swelling which are usually seen at the affected site. Lavender oil will soothe the irritation and improve circulation to the region it is applied to. These oils also nourish and hydrate the skin (1, 2, 3).

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2. Apple Cider Vinegar

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You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • Cotton ball
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the water with the vinegar to dilute it.
  2. Dip the cotton ball in this and gently wipe the rash.
  3. Do not wash off the vinegar.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this twice a day.

Why This Works

Apple cider vinegar is known to reduce inflammation and irritation. It acts as an astringent when applied topically and helps regulate the skin’s pH. It is also an antimicrobial agent, and if an infection has caused the rash, the infecting organisms will be killed (4, 5).

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3. Aloe Vera

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You Will Need

  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh aloe vera pulp
  • Cold water
  • Cotton ball
What You Have To Do
  1. Just mix aloe vera pulp with some cold water.
  2. Soak a cotton ball in it and place on the affected eye for 5-10 minutes.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this 2-3 times daily until the rash goes away.

Why This Works

Aloe vera is known to have astringent properties. It soothes the rash and reduces inflammation too (6).

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4. Cucumber Slices

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You Will Need
  • Cucumber
  • Cold water
What You Have To Do
  1. Cut the cucumbers into thick slices and soak them in cold water.
  2. Now place these cold cucumber slices on your eyes.
  3. As soon as the slices become warm, discard them and place another couple of slices on your eyes for a few more minutes.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this twice a day.

Why This Works

Cucumber is another soothing remedy for eye rashes. It is very cooling and soothing for the inflamed skin at the affected site. It also hydrates the skin and nourishes it. This can in turn speed up the healing process (7).

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5. Chamomile

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You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon dried chamomile flowers
  • A cup of hot water
  • Cotton pad
What You Have To Do
  1. Add the dried flowers to the hot water cup and steep the liquid for a few minutes.
  2. Let the solution cool down and then, soak a cotton pad with it and place it on the affected skin.
  3. Keep this on for 5-7 minutes.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this once or twice a day.

Why This Works

Chamomile is very useful when it comes to treating most kinds of inflammation. It is absolutely safe to use around the eyes and on the eyes as well use it wash your eyes. It has anti-inflammatory and healing compounds along with antioxidants (8).

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6. Cold Compress

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You Will Need

An ice pack

What You Have To Do
  1. Gently place the ice pack on the affected skin.
  2. Apply very little pressure and hold it in place for 5-7 minutes.

You can also make an ice pack by wrapping a few ice cubes in a clean cotton towel.

How Often You Should Do This

This can be repeated twice a day for relief from the rash.

Why This Works

This is the most soothing rash remedy of all as the coldness of the ice helps in reducing irritation caused by rashes. It also reduces redness and swelling (9).

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7. Witch Hazel

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You Will Need
  • Witch hazel solution
  • Cotton ball
What You Have To Do

Dip a cotton ball in the witch hazel and dab gently around the eyes.

How Often You Should Do This

Apply this 2-3 times in a day.

Why This Works

Witch hazel is an old American Indian remedy for inflammation. It possesses astringent and anti-inflammatory properties that help in reducing swelling and the rash eventually (10).

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8. Frozen Peas

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You Will Need
  • Frozen peas packet
  • A soft towel
What You Have To Do

Wrap the frozen bag in a towel and place on the eye for 10 minutes.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this twice a day to get relief from swelling and itching.

Why This Works

Frozen peas or any other vegetables always help to reduce swelling by constricting blood flow in the local blood vessels (9).

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9. Rose Water

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You Will Need
  • Rose water
  • Cotton ball
What You Have To Do
  1. Soak the cotton ball in the rose water.
  2. Squeeze out the excess and place this on the rash.

It is best to use chilled rose water.

How Often You Should Do This

You can repeat this 2-3 times in a day.

Why This Works

Rose water helps in soothing rashes around the eyes. It is a toner that stimulates blood flow and heals rashes and scars (11).

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10. Potato

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You Will Need

Potato

What You Have To Do

Cut a thick slice of potato and place it on the rash for 10-15 minutes. A poultice can also be prepared with grated potato instead of directly placing a slice.

How Often You Should Do This

It is recommended to repeat this twice or thrice a day.

Why This Works

This may sound like a weird remedy, but potato’s astringent properties can ease inflammation, pain, and any burning sensation as well (12). An added benefit of this is that the mild bleaching properties of potato can reduce your dark circles (13).

[ Read: Home Remedies To Treat Eye Infection ]

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11. Saline Solution

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You Will Need

Saline solution (for eyes)

What You Have To Do

Add 2-3 drops of the solution to the affected eye.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this every morning and evening.

Why This Works

Saline solution or artificial tears help to clean the eyes and are an ideal remedy when the rash is due to an eye infection. The solution will wash away all sorts of impurities as well as pathogens.

[ Read: Home Remedies To Cure Rashes On Hands ]

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12. Humidifier

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In case the rash is due to eczema, a humidifier will prove to be a life-saver for you. Eczema rashes can get easily aggravated in dry weather conditions. By using a humidifier, the moisture in the air is maintained. This will keep the skin more hydrated and reduce the itching and irritation at the site of the eczema rash.

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Apart from these home remedies, it is necessary to follow simple hygienic routines to keep your eyes and the skin around rash-free. Here are some essential prevention tips.

Prevention Tips

The best thing you can do to avoid eye rashes in the first place is to maintain hygiene.

  • Discard old eye makeup products like eyeliners, mascara and eye shadow past their expiry or ‘use by’ date.
  • If you wear contact lenses, clean them thoroughly every day. Doctors advise changing the solution in the contact lenses every day as well.
  • Apply skin moisturizer around the eyes with your ring finger (as it has the least pressure) every night before going to sleep.
  • Before using any new makeup or skincare products, conduct a patch test on your hand. This will give you clarity about the suitability of the product for your skin. Do this without fail before using any product on your skin, especially if you have sensitive skin.
  • Stay away from areas with potential allergens such as the gardens, parks, and swimming pools.

These simple precautionary tips go a long way in keeping rashes at bay.

Here are a few frequently asked questions answered for you.

Expert’s Answers For Readers’ Questions

When Is A Rash Around The Eyes Serious?

A rash around the eyes can get serious because of the sensitive organ present next to it. If the rash extends to the eyeball, causing issues with vision, it can lead to serious complications.

When Should I See The Doctor?

If the rash is obstructing your vision or has started bleeding, consult your physician immediately. Also, if any of the home remedies have failed to work even after using them for a few days, it’s time to pay ophthalmologist a visit for an appropriate diagnosis and treatment.

Now that you know how to get rid of rash around eyes, what are you waiting for? Try these remedies and also share with us any other remedies that may have helped you combat rashes around the eyes. Do not forget to keep the prevention tips in mind to avoid rashes in the first place. You know what needs to be done!

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