How To Soothe Irritated Skin (Rashes) Around The Eyes – 12 Home Remedies

Written by Shaheen Naser

Rashes around the eyes can occur due to allergies or inflammation. The irritated skin around the eyes reacts to a trigger substance, leaving rashes all across the affected area. You may experience itching, stinging, or burning. Due to this, the skin around the eyes turns dry, red, and scaly. We have compiled a list of 12 remedies to help manage the symptoms and heal the rash. Read on to know more.

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 masks
  • Bacterial infection
  • Dermatitis or eczema
  • Lyme disease

If you have developed a rash around your eye, try one of the remedies listed below to soothe the rash at home. But if the condition worsens, consult a doctor immediately.

How To Get Rid Of Rash Around Eyes

1. Essential Oils

Lavender oil soothes irritation and improves circulation in the affected area (1). Castor oil and coconut oil reduce inflammation and swelling in the affected area. These oils also nourish and hydrate the skin (2), (3).

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 and apply the mixture on the rash carefully. Use a Q-tip if required.
  2. Leave this on for a few hours.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this 2 times a day.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar

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 also has antimicrobial properties (4), (5). These properties can help kill the bacteria causing the infection in the affected area if the rash develops due to an infection. However, there are limited scientific studies to prove that ACV can help treat rashes.

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 mixture and gently wipe the rash with it.
  3. Do not wash off the vinegar.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this 2 times a day.

3. Aloe Vera

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

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

Repeat this 2-3 times daily.

4. Cucumber Slices

Cucumber is another soothing remedy for eye rashes. It cools and soothes inflamed skin (7). It also hydrates the skin and nourishes it. This can, in turn, speed up the healing process.

You Will Need
  • Cucumber
  • Coldwater
What You Have To Do
  1. Cut the cucumber into thick slices and soak them in cold water.
  2. 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 2 times a day.

5. Chamomile

Chamomile has anti-inflammatory and healing compounds that soothe rashes and inflammation around the eyes (8). It is safe to use around and on the eyes. You can also use it to wash your eyes.

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. Soak a cotton pad with it and place it on the affected area.
  3. Keep this on for 5-7 minutes.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this 1-2 times a day.

6. Cold Compress

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).

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

Do this 2 times a day.

7. Witch Hazel

Witch hazel possesses astringent and anti-inflammatory properties (10). These properties can help in reducing swelling and soothing the rash.

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.

8. Frozen Peas

Frozen peas or ice can help to reduce swelling by constricting blood flow in the local blood vessels (11).

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

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

How Often You Should Do This

Do this 2 times a day.

9. Rose Water

Rosewater helps in soothing rashes around the eyes. It has been used traditionally as a toner that stimulates blood flow and heals rashes and scars (12). Scientific studies show that rose petal extracts exhibit anti-inflammatory properties that may help fight rashes (13).

You Will Need
  • Rosewater
  • Cotton ball
What You Have To Do
  1. Soak the cotton ball in the rose water.
  2. Squeeze out the excess and place the cotton ball on the rash. It is best to use chilled rose water.
How Often You Should Do This

You can repeat this 2-3 times a day.

10. Potato

Potato has anti-inflammatory properties (14). These properties may help reduce pain and soothe irritation. The mild bleaching properties of potato can reduce dark circles (15).

You Will Need


What You Have To Do

Cut a thick slice of potato and place it on the rash for 10-15 minutes. You can prepare a poultice with grated potato instead of directly placing a slice on your eyes.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this 2-3 times a day.

11. Saline Solution

Saline solution (or artificial tears) helps to clean the eyes and is an ideal remedy when the rash is due to an eye infection. The solution will wash away impurities and pathogens from the eyes.

You Will Need

Saline solution (for eyes)

What You Have To Do

Pour 2-3 drops of the solution in the affected eye.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this every morning and evening.

12. Humidifier

In case the rash is due to eczema, a humidifier will prove to be a life-saver for you (16). Dry weather conditions can aggravate eczema rashes. A humidifier helps in maintaining the moisture in the air. This will keep the skin more hydrated and reduce itching and irritation at the site of the eczema rash.

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

Prevention Tips

  • The best thing you can do to avoid eye rashes is to maintain hygiene.
  • Discard old eye makeup products, like eyeliners, mascara, and eyeshadow, past their expiry or ‘use by’ date.
  • If you wear contact lenses, clean them thoroughly every day. Doctors recommend changing the solution used to clean the contact lenses every day.
  • 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, do 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 gardens, parks, and swimming pools.

Try these remedies and follow the tips to get rid of rashes around the eyes. In case your problem persists, consult an ophthalmologist.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 appropriate diagnosis and treatment.

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Shaheen holds a postgraduate degree in Human Genetics and Molecular Biology. She is a Geneticist with proficiency in Biotechnology, Immunology, Medical Genetics, Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Genetic Counseling. Her passion for writing and her educational background have assisted her substantially in writing quality content on topics related to health and wellness. In her free time, Shaheen loves to explore the world and the different flavors/cuisines it has to offer. Photography is another hobby she has developed of late.