I know that sounds like a stupid title for a blog post, but, a few months ago, I had some weird issues with what was probably Blepharitis. I didn't know that then. All I knew was that I had chapped eyelids that wouldn't go away, and it was rather freaky.
I also didn't realize at the time that other people had this condition -- and would end up on my blog trying to find a cure after searching for "chapped eyelids" on the internet. It's now at least once a week that some poor soul ends up on my blog while searching for that. Thus, I put up a title for those people. If you're one of them, do read on, and I'll tell you my secrets.
Vinegar and Vaseline. Seriously.
I learned online that the most common cause of Blepharitis (which sounds so made-up, doesn't it?) are those pesky little eyelash mites that everyone warns you about with sharing mascara. Well, I hadn't been sharing mascara, so I have no clue how I got bacteria-spreading eyelash mites, but I figured that white vinegar is as natural an anti-bacterial cure as you can get, so I used it. Each night and each morning, I'd dab a cotton swab in white vinegar and carefully rub it over the red, swollen, itchy parts of my eyelids. I'd leave it there for a few minutes and then wash it off with plain water. This would sting for a few seconds, but then it would relieve the itching for hours afterwards. At night, after the vinegar was washed off, I'd coat my eyelids in Vaseline, which helped the irritated skin and also helped to smother the mites. (I learned this by reading medical websites such as the one linked above. The vinegar was totally my own idea, however.)
Three weeks of this treatment, and I was completely cured of chapped eyelids. Thank heaven!
So there you go. My cure for chapped eyelids = vinegar and Vaseline. Pretty simple.
We now go back to our regularly scheduled blogging. :)
UPDATE 1/7/15: In December of 2014, I had another unexplained eyelid event. This time, the eyelids did not chap, but they were incredibly, annoyingly itchy!
I thought it would not hurt to try my "old cure" again, so I went back to the exact method I have described above for one week. Cured! Again!
This post has become very popular, and I have noticed that people have been googling for my vinegar and vaseline cure by name now. Well, we all want our 15 minutes of fame, I suppose, but I never thought mine would come from chapped eyelids. :D
P.S. Folks, please do be careful not to get the vinegar in your eyes. It does sting.
Also, I wear contact lenses, and, although putting the vinegar on while wearing the lenses was never a problem, I do NOT recommend putting vaseline on the eyelids while you are still wearing the lenses. Only put the gooey stuff on once the lenses are safely out and cleaned.