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How to Keep Eyelids From Getting Oily During the Day

by Amy Davidson, studioD

Even the driest skin can shine when it comes to eyelids. Oily eyelids can be caused by numerous things, from hormone changes to the moisturizers you use on your face. If you notice shine atop your lids that leaves you embarrassed, guard yourself with a few healthy habits and beauty tools to keep oil at bay.

Lower the amount of eye cream you are using. Eye cream is effective for keeping the skin in this area moisturized and healthy, but too much can cause excess oil. Cut the amount you use in half, or try using a nightly eye cream only.

Cleanse your face thoroughly every morning and before bed. Remove oils on the skin’s surface with a mild, gentle foaming cleanser. Close eyes and lightly wipe over them, then rinse off cleanser immediately. Pat face and eye area dry with a clean washcloth.

Apply a pea-sized amount of silica-based eye primer to the back of your hand. Dab your pinky into the primer, and begin applying it to lids, lightly dabbing and redipping your finger as needed. Even if you don't wear makeup, primer is a neutral cream that will help absorb and ward off oil.

Carry oil-blotting sheets with you, and use throughout the day as needed to soak up any oiliness that begins to appear. Do not rub eyes with sheets, but lightly press and lift over your lids to soak up oil while leaving makeup in place.

Items you will need
  •  Foaming facial cleanser
  •  Eye primer (silica based)
  •  Blotting sheets


  • If you wear makeup, apply after primer. To further combat oil, use a small amount of cream shadow and top it with a similarly colored powder shadow. Dust over eyeliner with a matching powder shadow as well, using a thin eye liner brush.
  • Wash your face to remove dirt and grime along with any makeup at night before bed. Sleeping with a dirty face can lead to clogged pores, causing more oil production.
  • If lessening the amount of eye cream doesn’t help, try switching brands to see if skin reacts more favorably. Oil-free is best when working with skin that is already oily.


  • If oily eyelids are causing poor vision or stinging in the eyes, see your eye doctor immediately, as this can be a sign of an underlying condition.

About the Author

Amy Davidson is a graduate from the University of Florida in Gainesville, with a bachelor's degree in journalism. She also writes for local papers around Gainesville doing articles on local events and news.

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