Dandruff on Eyes


Many people have dandruff on their scalp that causes irritation and itching, but the worst case is dandruff on the eyelids and eyelashes. Although this is not a serious health issue but causes inflammation and discomfort. Let’s have a detailed view of its symptoms, causes, treatment, and preventions.


  • Itchy swollen eyelids
  • Burning or irritation in the eye
  • Red and watery eyes
  • White or yellowish flakes on eyelids and eyelashes
  • Dryness on eye

Causes of Dandruff on Eyes:

The two substantial conditions causing dandruff on the eyelids and eyelashes are blepharitis and seborrheic. It is very important to understand these conditions before starting treatment. Let’s have a look at them in detail:

  • Blepharitis:

It is a common eye inflammation that causes red, swollen, and itchy eyes. Crusty dandruff-like flakes usually appear on eyelashes making the eyes uncomfortable.  It may be caused by bacterial infection or malfunctioning of meibomian glands located in the eyelid. Usually, this disease is not contagious and serious but the situation can become crucial if it causes blurred vision, falling out of eyelashes, growth of eyelashes in the wrong direction, and swelling of other parts of the eye like cornea.

  • Seborrheic:

It is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that usually appears on oily skin areas like the scalp, face, and back. On the eyes, it produces white or yellowish dandruff-like flakes that cause itching and redness. It is usually caused by a yeast called Malassezia present in the oil secretion on the skin.


A physical eye examination is required by an eye specialist if you are suffering from any of the above-mentioned symptoms. The doctor will take a close look at your eyes, eyelids, and eyelashes using bright light and magnifiers.


The treatment totally depends upon the cause of dandruff on the eyes and is quite simple. Eyelids and eyelashes should be kept clean and crust-free. Warm compresses and cleaning with the following procedure are very helpful:

  • Wash your hands.
  • Make a mixture of warm water and a gentle cleanser or baby shampoo.
  • Dip a clean cotton cloth or swab in this mixture and press or rub gently on your eyelid to clean crust and dirt.
  • Rinse with water.
  • Repeat if required.

The doctor may prescribe eye drops, eye ointments, or pills according to your eye condition. Just follow the instructions of your physician.

In addition to these, some home remedies may also help to treat dandruff on eyelids and eyelashes like:

  • Massage eyelids with warm almond or tea tree oil using a finger or cotton ball. Leave it for some time and then wash with warm water. This will eliminate dryness and dandruff on the eyes.
  • Aloe Vera gel can also be applied on your lash line as it is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. It will soothe irritation and redness in the eye.
  • Apply petroleum jelly on eyelids to remove dryness on the eyes as it is a good moisturizer.


Dandruff on the eyes doesn’t go away permanently, it appears again and again. A good cleaning and moisturizing habit keep it under control. Follow the instructions below to keep dandruff on eyes in control:

  • Remove makeup from your eyes or face with a good makeup remover daily before going to bed.
  • Restrain from doing makeup on eyes if you are having dandruff on the eye area.
  • Wash your face with water and mild face wash repeatedly.
  • Drink lots of water.
  • Eat fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Avoid touching or rubbing your eyes if they get swollen and red.

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