Atopic dermatitis (AD) – also known as atopic eczema – is a chronic (persistent or long-term) skin disease characterised by dry, flaky and itchy skin. It can appear anywhere on the body and can flare up on the face. With this condition, the top layer of skin struggles to protect you against things like allergens or irritants, and doesn't retain adequate moisture.
This article focuses on atopic dermatitis on and around the eyelids, referred to as eyelid dermatitis or eyelid eczema. It explains how to recognise the symptoms if you or your child have it, and looks at the possible causes and triggers. Learn how to care for atopic skin on a daily basis, and specifically treat eyelid dermatitis with an eye cream for eczema.