What are you saying exactly? Mixing 1 part TTO and 20 part vegetable glycerin to get a 5% final TTO solution? I can only mix 100% TTO.You mentioned wanting to try a modified version of the Cliradex wipes. How about mixing some TTO (2-5%) in vegetable glycerin to see how that performs? It should definitely be less oily than using MCT or shea butter as a base.
Cliradex ingredients: terpinen-4-ol, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Polysorbate 80, Carbomer, Triethanolamine.
I would do 1ml TTO to 19ml glycerin (which should work out to a 5% solution of TTO). It would be enough to test but you won't be wasting lots of supplies if it doesn't work. I also wonder if your eyes are essentially producing soap on their own because of this condition . . . do you really need to wash them with more soap? Just wondering if a hot washcloth applied to the eyes would remove enough buildup without stripping all the oils.What are you saying exactly? Mixing 1 part TTO and 20 part vegetable glycerin to get a 5% final TTO solution? I can only mix 100% TTO.
What if I melted the TTO soap that I'm using and added some shea butter or something else. Would this make it less drying to the skin?
I know you mentioned not asking about Doctors, and I do not want to beat a dead horse, but I will mention it took 4 Doctors to finally diagnose my Uveitis in my eye after cataract and 4 to diagnose my recurrent erosion in my other eye. Not all are created equal. It took me going 200 miles to my former Uveitis specialist to diagnose the erosion. Just saying. I have had this condition on one eyelid and always did well with Cetaphil lotion, which is soap free and hot wash cloths for cleansing the eyelid and I do have severe Atopic Dermatitis and a few other forms of eczema. Lavender and Tea Tree are irritants for me. Not knowing were you live or if you are in the US I would not give up without trying out a good specialist. Here we are fortunate to have wonderful eye medical centers such as the Doheny Eye Institiute. Hopefully you will eventually find some help.Thanks for the response. Yes I have been to four doctors none of them were of any help. Medicine (antibiotics) dont work, I've tried them all. The reason I'm trying to avoid oleic acid is because I also have seborrheic dermatitis. In people with SD oleic acid induces flaking/dandruff and with it an inflammitory response. I have staphylococcous blephartis which may be mixed with seborrheic blepharitis. This is why I want to avoid oleic acid.
To sum up my conddition; I have bacterial overpopulation of staph on the eyelids. The staph is eating up the oil inside my eye (meibomian) glands. This changes the composition of the oil and the alterted oil secretions react with proteins in the tears which results in saponification of lipids. I have soap forming in my eyes because of the staph. I can literally see bubbles inside my eyes and foam on the outside corners of my eyes. The saponifiaction is destroying the tear film resulting in dry eye, inflammation and burning. Imagine pouring a little soap into your eyes. The feeling is the same. I need to kill the staph which is causing the cascade of dysfunction. If I don't kill it the meibomian glands which secrete oil onto my eyes and keep them lubricated, will eventually die off/atrophy due to chronic inflammation and I will be left with severe dry eye. Once they are gone they are gone. Doctors can't help me so please don't ask about them. I am on my own. I can't use products designed to treat blepharitis because I am allergic to all of them. This soap is the only thing that works and TTO is my last hope. I also have limited success with honey but honey doesn't kill the bacteria fast enough.
By using this soap I have greatly improved my condition. But like I said it keeps disrupting the skin barrier because of the high PH or the harsh ingredients or both. So I can't use it repeadetly to fully recover. The acid mantle is super important in terms of bacterial protection. This is why I am searching for an alternative way to apply the tea tree oil. There are doctors who treat people with 50% TTO for demodex blepharitis. A high TTO concentration is needed to kill demodex. I only need 2% or ideally 5% to kill staph.
Thanks for mentioning lavender oil being an allergen.