A new study suggests using an eye moisturizer with the right amount of oil and/or emollients may be able to reduce watery, dry eyes.
A new article published online by the Journal of Cosmetic Science (JCS) suggests the same technique may also reduce inflammation and reduce the symptoms of dry eyes, as well as reduce the appearance of blackheads and the appearance and severity of the eye discoloration.
“This study was the first to show that using an oil-rich eye moisturizing gel or spray can significantly reduce the frequency of water and/a dry eye,” said Dr. Rupa Rao, associate professor of cosmetic sciences at McGill University and lead author of the study.
“This may be a powerful strategy to reduce the prevalence of water on the eye surface and possibly reduce the severity of water-related symptoms.”
The researchers, who were led by Dr. Rao, compared the results of a clinical trial of using a water-based eye moisturization gel or the oil-based emollient on 21 participants, with 14 using an emolliating eye wash.
They then compared the effects of a combination of oil- and emolliant-based hand creams on the overall efficacy of the two products.
“A water-soluble gel has been shown to be effective in reducing water retention and improving water retention,” said co-author Dr. Jadwiga Khosla, a professor of dermatology at McGill.
“But, using an alcohol-based gel can also be beneficial, especially for oily eyes and reducing the water retention in the eye.”
Oil-based and emulsified hand cream products may also be effective at improving water and oil retention.
“Overall, this study showed that the combination of an oil and emulsion-based skin moisturizer can be effective to reduce dry eye symptoms and improve the appearance, severity and severity, as compared to using a dry eye gel,” Dr. Khosala said.
The study, published in the journal Cosmetic Science, was conducted by Drs.
Ruppan Patel, Ph.
D., from McGill University, and Rupan Patel from the Department of Dermatology at the University of Calgary.
Co-authors included Dr. Prakash Pachauri, Ph.-D., an assistant professor of pathology at the Faculty of Medicine at the City University of New York, who conducted the research.
The Journal of Cosmetology is a leading publication in cosmetic sciences, focusing on the study of cosmetic science, technology and practice.
The research was funded by the National Institutes of Health (R01 CA132686), the Canadian Institutes of Agriculture (grant No.
CA0652077), and the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (grants no.
M-005047, M-000027, M+005067, and M+000025).
Dr. Rao is the first author of this article.