Dear Dr. Bailey, I am wondering if you can recommend a product for me. I am 50 years old. I have been using Jason brand vitamin C cleanser and face cream (both from Whole Foods) for over 20 years and I have never had a problem with it. In fact, people have always told me I have great skin. However, about a year ago, I tried a new product that was supposed to target wrinkles under the eyes. After a week of using this product, the pores under my eyes got clogged. They now look like chicken skin. You can't squeeze the pores. They are bumps. Other than this, my skin looks great. Common sense tells me that a good Retinol A serum at night on the area might help. But I can't find one. I do not want a Retinol A moisturizer. I don't want to lubricate the area. I want a serum. First of all, do you think this would help? And second, can you recommend a Retinol A serum that I should try? Thank you for any help you can offer. Sincerely, Gina P. Hello Gina, The solution to treating bumps under the eyes needs to start with an accurate diagnosis, which means a trip to a dermatologist! The reason is that there are several other alternative causes of "bumps" under the eyes, and they are more common than clogged pores in this area.
Common causes of bumps on the lower eyelid skin:
- Prominent sebaceous glands. There are many sebaceous glands in this area and they become visible when the eyelid skin thins with age or becomes dark due to circles under the eye.
- Syringomas. These are actually benign tumors of the sweat glands. To remove or reduce these in size requires surgical or laser treatment.
- Milia. These are tiny white cysts that can form anywhere, including the eyelids. They can easily be lanced by someone trained in blood-born precautions (e.g. medical personnel).