Cliradex is a fantastic eye cleanser product that can be used as part of daily preventative care or hygiene regimen. It is also an incredible tool for soothing and refreshing your appearance. Best of all, it is specifically formulated to eliminate the Demodex mites that plague human populations. Cliradex comes in two forms, foam or towelette. The main components are the same, though delivered at different quantities. And the delivery mechanism and recommended length of use are both different.
What Is Cliradex?
Made by BioTissue, Cliradex is the Doctor Recommended eyelash, eyelid and facial cleanser using 4-terpineol (Source). Cliradex is a next-generation wipe cleanser for lashes and eyelids but can be used on the face, as well. The best part is that Cliradex cleanses without any harmful chemicals and is derived from key components of Melaleuca alternifolia, a species of tea tree. The Cliradex formulation has been studied extensively around the world and has demonstrated numerous eye and skin health benefits.
Cliradex products are used to clean the eyelids and surrounding skin. Ocular irritation due to disorders like blepharitis is primarily caused by bacteria and microbes on the eyelids and surrounding skin. One of the most common microbes to cause ocular irritation disorders such as blepharitis are Demodex mites. The most effective way to relieve symptoms of blepharitis is through good eyelid hygiene.
Bacteria and microbes feed on oils and create waste; damaging the ocular environment. If left untreated, these factors can also lead to more severe diseases, such as dry eye syndrome, which in turn can lead to vision loss.
Studies show that conventional treatment methods are not effective in killing demodex mites, including baby shampoo, surgical scrub, antibiotics, and lice treatments.
Tea Tree Oil vs. 4-Terpineol (T4O)
Cliradex is the commercially available cleanser that is formulated with 4-Terpineol, or T4O, the most important component found in tea tree oil (TTO) which is derived from the tea tree. Most eye-care professionals recommend a number of ocular hygiene solutions, many of which may contain some form of TTO.
Tea tree oil, the essential oil derived from the native plant, Melaleuca alternifolia, is characterized by 15 major components. Scientific studies have shown that 4-Terpineol, or Terpinen-4-ol (T4O), is the most important component found in TTO. This is because some of TTO’s ingredients are ineffective and their relationship is antagonistic, meaning the efficacy of one component is canceled out by the presence of another component.
The Cliradex line of products are a natural, 100% vegan, preservative-free way to deep cleanse the eyelashes, eyelids, and face and kill mites associated with Demodex, blepharitis, meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD), rosacea, dry eye, chalazia, and other lid-margin diseases. Ocular irritation, inflammation, and lid-margin diseases are associated with poor eyelid hygiene. Unlike traditional cleansers derived from man-made chemicals, Cliradex Towelettes and Cliradex Light are a natural way to keep the eyelids and skin clean, comfortable and healthy.
Cliradex eyelid cleansers have calming effects, lessen occasional redness, promote eyelid wellness and remove heavy crustiness.
Cliradex towelettes are recommended by doctors for hygiene issues related to Demodex mites. They are meant to be used when there is a diagnosed issue. These eyelid wipes are formulated with a higher concentration of T4O that is meant for moderate to severe ocular irritation and for physically wiping Demodex mites off of your face. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, your doctor may have different recommendations. For mild-to-moderate symptoms, Cliradex is usually used once daily for 6-8 weeks. For moderate-to-severe symptoms, it is normal to use it twice a day for 6-8 weeks. The following are the recommendations from BioTissue on how to use the wipes:
- Start with clean hands and face
- Open the towelette packet
- Close eyes firmly and gently wipe or pat one eyelid with the towelette
- Flip the towelette and use on the other eyelid
- Air dry for about 30 seconds
Cliradex Light, on the other hand, is an everyday ocular hygiene product designed to manage symptoms of blepharitis but also to maintain a clean and healthy ocular environment. It is an advanced foaming cleanser ideal for preventative care, everyday ocular hygiene, and mild-to-moderate ocular discomfort. Good ocular hygiene can relieve irritation and prevent the development of ocular diseases such as blepharitis and dry eye syndrome. Furthermore, this foaming cleanser also eliminates Demodex mites and is good for the skin on the rest of your face as well. BioTissue recommends that Cliradex Light be used at least once a day if not two to three times a day to get the maximum benefit and follow the directions:
- Shake well before use
- Start with clean hands and face
- Dispense a dime-sized amount of Cliradex Light onto fingertips
- Use hands to rub foam into a light lather
- Close eyes firmly and apply to affected area and surrounding facial area
- Rub gently into skin until fully absorbed