Upper Eyelids Dry, Red, Itchy and Puffy: Solved!

My upper eyelids have been dry, red, itchy, and puffy; This winter has not started out very promising for my skin.

A few weeks ago, I noticed that I was developing some sort of upper eyelid condition. My upper eyelid became dry, red, itchy, and puffy. Luckily, I have figured out a simple solution that you can begin using today.

Home Remedy: Petroleum Jelly.


The most effective upper eyelid treatment for me was and still is petroleum jelly. I believe this is the same stuff that fighters and boxers use during their fights, but it just so happens that in our case, this solution works extremely well.

Upon using petroleum jelly for the first time, you will notice that you will get relief from the dryness. In turn, redness will go down, and your eyes will also stop itching. Puffiness is something that will go away over time.


To use petroleum jelly, simply take a q-tip, get some jelly on it, and gently rub a generous amount (using the q-tip) onto the eyelid. Don’t cake the jelly on. Just use enough jelly to where it will relieve your symptoms.

Continue using the petroleum jelly as often as you would like. Normally, I apply some in the morning, middle of the day, and then at night, before bedtime.

Upper Eyelid Dryness and Proactiv, Acne.org, and Benzoyl Peroxide.

During the week when my eyelids became extremely irritated, I noticed that I was consistently using Acne.org products twice a day. Acne.org products contain 2.5% benzoyl peroxide to treat acne.

I have been using Acne.org for a number of years, but have never had an eyelid problem until now.

I noticed that when I discontinued use of Acne.org products, my eyelids were less irritated, and with the use of petroleum jelly, they went back to normal.

Avoid Eye Contact When Using Acne Products.

What I learned is that if you are using Proactiv, Acne.org, or any other acne products that contain benzoyl peroxide to treat your acne, you can develop contact dermatis.

It’s extremely important that when you’re using products to treat your acne, to avoid eye contact at all costs. Furthermore, you don’t want to apply these acne products right before working out, as the benzoyl peroxide can sweat into your eyes, and cause irritation.

Quick Study from AllergyCases.org

A study provided by AllergyCases.org proves that it is possible to develop irritant contact dermatitis from benzoyl peroxide.

Here is a quick quotation from that study:

To sum it all up…

  • Petroleum jelly is a great home remedy for upper eyelids that are dry, red, itchy, or puffy. Simply take a q-tip, apply the petroleum jelly to your eyelid using this q-tip, and do so 2 to 3 times a day for relief.
  • For me, my upper eyelid problems were caused by benzoyl peroxide. If you’re using topical treatments to treat your acne, be sure to avoid eye contact at all costs.
  • If eye problems persist, contact your doctor or dermatologist.