A few days ago the skin under one of my eyes was quite itchy and over the course of the day I rubbed/scratched it repeatedly. It wasn't until that night when I looked in the mirror that I noticed the area had become red, inflamed and it was peeling a little. It also looks wrinkled. I am now worried that I've caused permanent damage to this delicate skin. SInce then I've been moisturising and avoiding touching the area. However there is very little improvement. The only changes have been that it isn't itchy anymore and the redness while still there is now a little darker in colour, it's like a dark circle on one side of my face. I am so worried that I've caused lasting damage to my skin. Will this heal? Is there anything I can do to speed up the process? How long before my skin returns to normal?
With the description that you provide, I think that you have developed a dermatitis under your eye and hence it is peeling and red .
It is good that you have started using a moisturizer there. Along with this you can also use a mild topical steroid cream to speed up the healing process. You can also use an antibiotic cream such as gentamicin on the affected area. But since these are not OTC (Over the counter) drugs, I would advise you to consult a dermatologist.
To get relief from the itching, you can take an oral anti-histaminic tablet such as cetrizine. Usually such dermatitis is superficial and does not lead to any permanent mark or scar. Complete recovery may take 7 to 10 days.
Hope that this information helps and hope that you will get better soon.
Thank you for using MedHelp's "Ask an Expert" Service, where we feature some of world's renowned medical experts in their fields. Millions have benefitted from our service to get personalized advice for them and for their loved ones.
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.