My experience with Seborrheic Dermatitis and how i got rid of it.

Thursday, November 27, 2014
First of all i should probably explain what SD is. SD is an inflammatory skin disorder affecting sebaceous-gland-rich areas of the skin and causing scaly, flaky, itchy red patches.

For me, it was only on my eyelids, but as someone who loves to wear makeup, SD meant that i couldn't wear any eye makeup for weeks at a time.

Initially it started on one eye and eventually ended up covering both eyelids. At the time i had just started using a MAC eye primer regularly and i put it down to that, but after a few weeks of not using it and no change, i decided to mention it at a routine Dr appointment where he told me it looked like seborrheic dermatitis.

I explained i'd tried avoiding all eye makeup, astringent skin care and making sure i'd moisturized well, so he suggested trying a low % steroid cream topped with aquaphor. After a couple of weeks of this with no results and knowing that i should avoid prolonged use, especially on delicate areas like the eyelids; i decided to stop using the steroid cream and started exclusively using One Love Organics Vitamin E Eye Balm.

After less than 2 weeks of using this i had noticeable improvement and after 3 weeks my eyelids were totally clear and feeling healthier than ever.

I didn't have any more problems until this past summer when i began using a NYX eye primer regularly and using the OLO eye balm less (my skin in generally is a lot less dry in the summer so i don't need to use such extreme lotions/balms, also, i forgot). One eye began to get very flakey and i soon put together it was probably down to using an eye primer again and so threw it away and started using my OLO balm a lot more regularly, needless to say, it was soon totally gone.

Although online i've found no real info on the causes of SD, it makes sense to me that using primers (that help prevent the natural oils in your skin from affecting your makeup) in such delicate areas could absolutely aggravate your oil glands and cause some snakeskin on the eyelids. 

If any of you experience dry skin on your eyes that looks like this, i'd really recommend trying out the OLO Eye Balm. It may seem pricey for a small tub but it honestly lasted me over a year (the smallest amount will liquify with the heat of your skin and cover a large area) and its ultimately cheaper than all of the steroid creams and Drs appts that you might end up spending your money on.

Even if you don't have any skin ailments in that area but just want a really nourishing eye cream, whether you're young and want a preventative product or more mature or want something to perk up tired eyes, this product is seriously beautiful.

Thank you Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Vitamin E Eye Balm <3


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  1. I get eczema on my eyelids from a lot of primers. Did you stop using eye primers all together?

    1. After using 2 different ones caused the same thing... i now just use concealer. I think its whatever is in eye primers, specifically, that blocks your natural oils is what causes the freak out.
      Try using your concealer and setting that with a powder before doing any of your eye makeup... it gives as good of a base without the flakey lids.

  2. I experienced the same thing for the first time ever, in the middle of fall, and I ended up buying Tarte's C-Brighter eye treatment and after a week, it went away. However it's very tiny so once I'm out, I will probably purchase the OLO eye balm!

  3. Super late to this post, but found it because I was having a similar issue and google brought me here. I had a similar reaction to Benefit's The Big Easy. After I let it clear up, I started using Bare Mineral's tinted moisturizer, which is hypoallergenic, and it's been a life saver. The same skin tone evening effect without the drying. Hope this helps if someone else makes there way hear searching for this issue.

  4. please was it really seborea on the eyes? Couldn't it be another exem? And still one love helps? it will cost me $ 70 abroad so it's important to me. how often do you use it? And can you normally paint?

  5. I know this is an old post, but seborrheic dermatitis feeds on the oil glands, so I was advised not to use any oily/moisturizing products. Are you sure that's what you had and it wasn't eczema or general dermatitis? I want to buy this but don't want to add fuel to the fire.

  6. I agree. I bought the new Mac eyeshadow primer and since then I have been doing rounds of doctors and looks like I have either seborrheic dermatitis or contact dermatitis.

  7. Thank you for this post! This Is exactly what I have going on and I know it’s from one of my products but I have no idea which one yet. I actually kind of think it’s one of the serums I use