Help -- My Eye Cream Irritates My Eyes!
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Help -- My Eye Cream Irritates My Eyes!

Swollen, puffy eyes? Try our expert's step-by-step process to determine why your eye cream irritates your skin.

Question: "I get puffy eyes whenever I try a new eye cream -- what could I be allergic to?"

Answer: You may not actually be allergic. Plain old irritation can cause similar symptoms, such as redness and swelling, explains David E. Bank, MD, a dermatologist in Mount Kisco, New York. To determine what's behind your reaction, follow a process of elimination.

Your Course of Action

  • Try a fragrance-free preparation, as scent is the most common offensive ingredient.
  • Next, rid your routine of preservatives like paraben.
  • If the problem persists, see your doctor.

Simply switching formulas too many times could heighten irritation.

Originally published in Fitness magazine, February 2006.