Tuesday, 4 April 2017

And the Eye Issues Continue

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I'm sad to say, breaking up my friendship with micellar water did not cure my eyelid issues.  They did finally stop itching, but the puffing up has been coming and going with totally unpredictable abandon.  It hasn't been distressing so much, as completely frustrating.  Even the most non-reactive moisturiser I possess, which I have never reacted to before, is causing my eyes to flare up.  I can use it anywhere else, just not my eyes.  So I'm on a mission to deal with this issue and get rid of it, yet wary of what I put on my eyelids, because they. will. swell.

Last week I was watching a vlog by Jennifer over at The Daily Connoisseur (one of my most favourite new-to-me bloggers), where she talked about her current skincare favourites.  One little gem she shared was regarding frankincense.  It seems, upon further investigation, that this essential oil is quite the miracle worker for repairing skin and reducing scarring.  Since my local pharmacy carries it, I dropped in there yesterday and picked up a little (expensive!) bottle.  I've mixed a handful of drops into some extra virgin cold pressed coconut oil.  I had to use a warm teaspoon to mix it, since the oil is now quite solid, due to the cooler days we've had.  But now it sits in a teensy little pot, looking quite cute.

Last night I had it on my eyes for about an hour and then had to get it off.  My eyes were tearing up terribly, but the coconut oil feels so smooth and silky!!  Interestingly, my eyes are a little puffy this morning, not as much as I would have expected.  The skin on my eyelids has settled right down.  It's not red and irritated, like it has been. So half a win.

I'm going to try using the coconut oil/frankincense mixture for short amounts of time and see if I can't build up some resilience for my eyelids.  Maybe if I take it off after 15 or so minutes it'll help my lids to resist puffing up, and the skin will continue to heal?

The saga continues....


Amy HandbagMafia said...

Please reconsider applying frankincense to your eye area. It's quite an astringent oil and used to treat things like pimples and acne for that reason. Even diluted I'd keep it away from the delicate eye area! Maybe just try the coconut on its own?

Six Little Hearts said...

Oh no! I actually have a special lip balm I use on my eyes for eczema flareups and it is amazing. I will share the brand with you if you wish. Not sure off the top of my head.

Nicole Cox said...

Sorry to hear your eyes are not feeling better. I hope you've now found a combo that will help. x

Janet Camilleri said...

I haven't popped by for a while so I'm not sure what issues you've been having, but it sounds like an allergy to me. I had a bad reaction to a moisturiser once and my eyes puffed right up - you can read it here: http://www.middleagedmama.com.au/is-moisturising-bad-for-skin/

Denyse Whelan. said...

If it's been hanging around for some time I wonder what your doctor might prescribe. That must be hard to live with and I have sensitive skin so steer clear of anything around the eyes. Good luck. Denyse #teamIBOT