I’m sure you’ve heard of hyaluronic acid? But do you know what it is? Since I’m tackling new ingredients in the dry eye space; hyaluronic acid, green tea, we are all wondering if it is safe? What esthetic benefits might it be able to provide to enhance the appearance of the eyelids? Are your eyes more itchy and red than they are refreshed even after cleaning them with a typical “Eye Makeup Remover Pads” ? If so, then you might be facing one of these common eye problems. Additionally, if you have children like me who constantly rub their eyes to sleep; or if you are an adult who wears contacts or glasses on, this also contributes to eyelid irritation.
Your eyes are often the first thing people notice about you. They invite trust and convey warmth, love and compassion. Unfortunately for many people eyelids can be a source of irritation with uncomfortable symptoms like dryness, itching, and grittiness in their eyes that make it difficult to wear eye makeup. Eyelid cleanliness is paramount for good vision health as your eyelids protect the surface of the eye from dust particles and other potentially damaging substances from entering it.
As a dry eye specialist, I am always looking for products that help with dry eye disease, are a possible dry eye treatment and have a secondary benefit of enhancing the aesthetics of the eyes. In this article we’ll discuss an irritation-free wipe for removing makeup, blepharitis, demodex and rosacea without irritating your eyelids. Along with the product review and unboxing the eyelid wipe that boasts the benefits of hyaluronic acid, green tea, tea tree oil and its benefits as a cleaner and skin conditioner. We’ll be diving into the potential benefits of using hyaluronic acid and green tea products around the eyes and in the video embedded in this blog.
Let’s Discuss Green Tea Before Hyaluronic Acid
Let’s begin by discussing green tea and its major component, epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) have been demonstrated to have anti-inflammatory effects and green tea has been used in a number of disease states as a result. It’s been shown to have beneficial effects against diseases like cancer, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and neurodegenerative diseases. In a recent literature review, the beneficial effects of green tea and tea catechins against inflammatory diseases was well documented.
EGCG does have documented anti-androgen activity, and this is my sole concern about its consistent use on the eyelids. In 2020, tea tree oil was found to have anti-androgen activity and lab studies showed it had the ability to degrade epithelial meibomian gland cells. With this toxicity, many eye care providers wondered if we should even be using tea tree oil at all in our patients, despite the well-documented positive effect tea tree oil has on demodex mites.
Other ingredients you’ll see in cosmetics and eye care products that have anti-androgen activity are bakuchiol, tea tree oil, lavender, and now green tea. However, I believe this is only a relative contraindication. In other words, I still use and recommend tea tree oil for my patients but am careful to monitor meibomian glands and typically use higher concentration tea tree oil for short periods only. A wipe containing green tea doesn’t necessarily need to be avoided altogether, just monitored and in my opinion, judicious use avoiding the opening of the meibomian glands would be in good judgment.
Dry Eye disease, meibomian gland dysfunction and blepharitis are inflammatory conditions of the ocular surface. The three of these disease states often coexist, and it's important to control lid inflammation including blepharitis and meibomian gland dysfunction in order to control the inflammation at the ocular surface and promote healthy tears.
Lid hygiene wipes and scrubs have been used for years to control the microbiome, clear dead skin cells, and even hydrate the ocular surface. The benefits of daily lid hygiene are well documented, and the Tear Film & Ocular Surface Society Dry Eye Workshop II Executive Summary lists lid care as a step one for dry eye therapy. Therefore, it's important to find one that works for you and can be integrated into your daily routine.
Hyaluronic Acid Boosts Moisture For Dry Eye Patients
Skin is our largest organ, and we only have one set of it. Wiping our eyelids with abrasive chemicals daily can take a toll on them if unchecked. The TearRestore Irritation-Free HylaWipe™ uses tea tree oil to create an artificial tear solution that cleanses your eyelids without irritation or any harsh chemicals. This product would be good for anybody dealing with dry eyes due to sleep deprivation from work and family life; as well as anyone who suffers
TearRestore is sponsoring today’s video. They make an eyelid hygiene wipe called Hylawipe. Hylawipes are preservative free, which makes them ideal for sensitive patients. And dry eye patients usually are quite sensitive. They’re non irritating and reduce ocular inflammation due to their green tea additive.
This makes them great for flare ups. They also contain plant extracts like green tea, aloe, and chamomile. These have anti-aging effects and reduce inflammation, redness, and puffiness around the eyes. They do contain Tea Tree Oil, at a concentration of 0.3%. Tea tree is a natural cleansing compound found to be effective for blepharitis, demodex and rosacea.
In addition, they contain hyaluronic acid, a common ingredient in luxury beauty products. Hyaluronic acid is able to boost the skin’s moisture content, soothe and defend the skin against moisture loss. It can hold up to 1,000 times its own weight in water, making it an optimal hydrator for all skin types. It May also help with the signs/symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome, although additional studies are needed.
Things I like about the wipes: large wipes, soft and feel good to the touch. Nice smell, not too much tea tree oil.
Choosing an eyelid wipe is a critical part of your dry eye routine. This particular wipe is nice because it has ingredients we like from a skincare perspective. Hyaluronic acid, green tea, and aloe create a combo that has the potential to help with puffiness and swelling/redness.
If you do try hylawipe, please make sure to leave me a comment on my video and let me know how you like them.