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Using Eye Makeup Safely

Dr. Carina Lee, October 20, 2022

Does makeup irritate your eyes?


Eye makeup is frequently used to draw attention to the eyes. However, some people experience burning, itching, and tears when using eye makeup, all of which are typical signs of dry eye syndrome. There are steps you may do to reduce your discomfort if you believe your eye makeup is the source of your dry eye problems.


The following advice will help you prevent eye irritation so you may use eye makeup with confidence.


Read packaging labels carefully


Use only products that have received FDA approval.

Under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, FDA controls cosmetics (FD&C Act). Cosmetics cannot be tampered with or misbranded under this law. They must be correctly labeled and safe for consumers. Beware, not all makeup pencils are eyeliners, and not all tubes with applicators are mascara—many establishments sell unlabeled goods.


Keep makeup items far away from your delicate eyes if they are not labeled.


1. Keep your eye makeup products clean

When applying makeup, always cleanse your hands and face first.

Your cosmetics and applicators will stay sanitary and germ-free as a result of this. Additionally, it's a good idea to sharpen your eyeliner before using it or sterilize your brushes after each usage.


2. Only apply makeup to the outside of your eyes

Severe dry eyes may occur from clogged glands in your eyelids.


The tiny meibomian glands that line the inside of your upper and lower eyelids can become clogged by debris from eye makeup applied to the inner lids. These glands provide nourishing oils that maintain the health of your tear film, the comfort of your eyes, and the clarity and openness of your tear film.


3. Never share eye makeup

It's never a smart idea to share eye makeup, brushes, or eyelash curlers. Using the same makeup and application tools as your sister, best friend, and especially the makeup "tester" in the cosmetics aisle invites the entry of dangerous bacteria and fungus, which can lead to serious viral and bacterial eye infections.


4. Replace your makeup often

In addition to expiring, eye makeup is also readily infected, particularly if you've recently had a virus or eye illness. While you're about it, change or disinfect your applicators and check the labels on your makeup for expiration dates.


5. Remove eye makeup daily

You greatly increase your chance of getting blepharitis, an inflammation of the eyelids, by sleeping with eye makeup on.


Make it a point to regularly remove your makeup with a wipe or oil-free makeup remover before going to bed. Not only will you feel clean and renewed before going to bed, but it will also be lot simpler to reapply makeup in the morning. By using these suggestions, you might be pleasantly surprised by how fantastic your eyes feel even while you're wearing makeup.


For a thorough eye exam, find a local eye doctor if your eyes continue to feel dry and inflamed.


Your eye specialist can identify the source of your discomfort and offer a successful treatment strategy to address it.


When wearing eye makeup, some people experience burning, itching, and tears, which could be signs of dry eyes or a viral or bacterial eye infection.


Make use of these pointers to safeguard your eyes so you can confidently wear eye makeup.

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