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Makeup and Eye Health

April is here and the entire month is dedicated to Women’s Eye Health and Safety! Many women wear some form of makeup each and every day, but don’t realize the danger that can come with their favorite eyeliner or mascara. That purple eyeliner may make your baby blues pop, but it can also cause some serious eye problems. That’s why we would like to share some tips with you to help keep your eyes healthy, safe and looking beautiful.

You may be asking yourself what’s so dangerous about eye makeup? While most makeup contains preservatives to help bacteria from forming, it is still possible for bacteria to grow. This bacteria can cause conjunctivitis (pink eye), styes, and other infections. In addition to infections, a slip of a sharp eye pencil, mascara wand or even flecks of makeup, can cause scratches on the cornea.

Here are some makeup health and safety tips…

  • If you wear contacts, insert them before applying your makeup to avoid getting flecks of makeup under your contacts which can cause scratches and/or infections.
  • Replace your eye makeup every 3-4 months. Another way to tell it is time to toss, is if your eye makeup is dry, clumpy or has an odor.
  • Don’t share your eye makeup, even with your best friend. This can introduce bacteria to your eye and spread infection.
  • Don’t apply eye makeup in a moving vehicle, no matter how much of a hurry you’re in and even if you are the passenger.
  • Always remove your makeup at night.
  • Always apply your makeup to clean skin.
  • If you tend to have dry skin and eyelids avoid glittery makeup on your eyes, which may flake and scratch the cornea. If you love the sparkly look, always use glitter that is made for makeup purposes.
  • Throw away your makeup after you’ve had an infection.
  • Apply liner to the outside of the lash line to avoid clogging pores and ducts, as well as to help avoid introducing bacteria into the eye.

Don’t let the fear of infection or risks keep you from trying that new look or getting dolled up. Now that you have all the facts and tips, you are ready to face the world with confidently safe, healthy and beautiful eyes! If you think you have an infection or have any questions, you can schedule your next exam by clicking .