Are Cosmetics Harming Your Eyes?

Are Cosmetics Harming Your Eyes?

Your vision may be at risk depending on how you apply your makeup.

Cosmetics are staples of our society, giving us confidence by highlighting our best features and concealing any imperfections. But makeup can pose a threat to your eyesight depending on the products—or how you use them.

Are Cosmetics Harming Your Eyes?
The short answer is possibly. Eye makeup, despite its well-intentioned goal of enhancing your appearance, is still a foreign substance to your body. That means that, should any of it come into contact with your eyes, you will most likely experience a negative reaction or side effect(s). And if this happens often, then the long-term consequences to your vision could be severe.

How Exactly Can Makeup Be Harmful?
There are several ways in which cosmetic products can pose a risk to your eyes. Here are the most common ones:

  1. Irritation – Products like powdered foundation and glittery eye shadow can disrupt the production of tear film in your eyes, causing dryness, inflammation, and other forms of irritation.
  2. Allergic Reactions – Sensitivity to certain chemicals, especially around your sensory organs, can lead to symptoms such as watery eyes, redness, itchiness, and swelling.
  3. Corneal Abrasions – Eyeliner, mascara, and false eyelashes are products that, if not correctly applied, can easily result in a nasty scratch to your eye.
  4. Infection – Applying makeup often requires touching your face with your hands, increasing the chances of bacteria transferring to your eyes and causing an infection.

Should You Stop Using Cosmetics Altogether?
This should not be necessary. Although the risks of wearing makeup are real, they can all be avoided if proper care is taken before, during, and after application. Good rules of thumb are to wash your hands, apply every product exactly as directed, and remove all makeup before you go to sleep at night.

What Other Makeup Best Practices Should You Follow?
Observe these additional guidelines so you can make your experience with cosmetics as harmless and as satisfying as possible.

  • Buy products labeled as hypoallergenic.
  • Do not share makeup and/or application tools.
  • Avoid using sharp instruments near your eyes.
  • Close all products to prevent contamination.
  • Avoid products that contain small particles like glitter.
  • Replace mascara every three months.

The need to remove cosmetic products from your lifestyle probably isn’t in your future. As long as you take the proper precautions, you can succeed in striking a balance between looking and seeing your best. In the event of an infection or any other eye-related issue, Sterling Vision is here to help. To schedule an appointment with us, call 541-262-0597 or schedule online.