Cosmetics: How Are They Affecting Your Eye Health?

Protecting our eyes involves keeping objects and materials out of them. Yet every day millions of people apply cosmetics to their faces — and around their eyes — as a part of their routine.

Understanding the concerns cosmetics pose for your eyes is important for their long-term health. 

Accidentally stabbing yourself in the eye with a mascara applicator is not the only concern if you use cosmetics.

There are three risky types of cosmetics that come within contact of our eyes — water-line eyeliner, false eyelashes, and colored contact lenses. 

Waterline eyeliner, or the act of applying eyeliner on the rim of the eyelid, has obvious risks. Eyeliner particulates can flow into the tear film over our corneas more frequently from waterline eyeliner than other makeup. If this occurs the chances for infection or irritation in our eyes vastly increase. 

A common issue with false eyelashes is an allergy to the glue used to hold them in place. But even if that is not the case, false eyelashes are breeding grounds for germs that can cause an eye infection. They can also damage the roots of our natural eyelashes which leads them to fall out. 

Finally, while colored contacts are not technically the same as other makeup, they are used for cosmetic purposes. Colored contacts are not (typically) fitted for the unique shape of our eyes. This can lead to serious problems since they are poorly fitted contacts. The best way to avoid these issues is to buy colored contacts from retailers who require a prescription to help ensure a proper fit. 

In order to help protect your eyes from infection when using makeup, remember to wash your hands before applying anything, to pay attention to the expiration dates on your makeup, and do not share your makeup or contact lenses with anyone. 

If you are experiencing any eye issues from using cosmetics, stop using them immediately and contact your family eye care professional. Contact Pycraft Family Eye Care if you are experiencing any issues from applying makeup in or around your eyes.