Eyelid skin problems

Author: Dr Emily Ryder, Dermatology Registrar, Hamilton, New Zealand. Chief Editor: Dr Amanda Oakley, Dermatologist, Hamilton, New Zealand, May 2014.

Although the eyelids may be involved with many skin conditions, the most common are listed here.

Skin lesions

Stable painless solitary lesions

Growing solitary lesions

Skin cancers progressively enlarge.

Multiple lesions

Infections affecting eyelids

Bacterial skin infections

Viral skin infections

Fungal skin infections


Inflammatory skin conditions affecting eyelids

Dry itchy patches

Dry non-itchy patches

Papules and pustules

Blisters and erosions


Systemic disorders may mimic eyelid disease by causing swelling or redness of the eyelid:

Dry irritated eyes


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