How is your vision? Is it both lids? Or just one? Is the skin flaky also (or just around the lashes)?
It sounds like you may have a condition called blepharitis. This is similar to dandruff, but on the lashes. The eyelids can get red and inflammed; and the skin around the lashes flake off (just like in dandruff). You can also get styes and cysts around the lash follicles (these are the white bubbles that you see at times).
Cool compresses may help with the swelling. You can also clean the lids and lashes with a 50/50 mixture of warm water and baby shampoo. Just mix them together and use a Q-tip to scrub along the lid margin where the lashes are. Do this 2x/day.
Hope this helps and thank you.
You're welcome and good luck.