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Makeup Hygiene and Your Eye Health

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Makeup is a standard part of many people’s day-to-day lives. Unfortunately, if misused, this regular addition to a person’s looks can cause serious eye health issues. Below, our eye care team at shares some of the most common makeup practices to avoid to maintain your eye health. Let’s take a look:

Makeup Practices to Avoid

Tightlining: This involves putting eyeliner directly on the waterline,close to the lid margin. This can do real harm to the meibomian glands, causing them to atrophy, and cease working altogether. Once this occurs, it cannot be cured.

Wearing waterproof makeup: Waterproof makeup can block the meibomian gland ducts, and may be hard to remove unless you use harsh removal products, which themselves may cause certain eye and vision issues.

Using eyeliner pencils with parabens or formaldehyde: These common preservatives have been proven to be harmful to the eyes. If applied too close to the root of the eyelash and lid margins, the meibomian glands may be negatively affected.

Getting eyelash extensions: Formaldehyde is a common ingredient in eyelash glue. This preservative can dry out the eye and increase the chances of eye irritation. Extensions also make it difficult to practice lid hygiene by covering parts of the eyelid. This promotes the unhealthy growth of demodex mites in the eye;ids and eyelashes, leading to severe dry eye sympoms and further irritation of the eye.

Using eyelash serums: Beware of growth serums that have prostaglandin analogs (PGAs). These are Category C chemicals, meaning that pregnant women are cautioned not to use them. They are also known to cause redness, and problems with the eyelid and iris.

Want to know more about makeup practices that may be harming your vision and eye health? Contact our eye doctors today!


Can eye makeup cause a stye?

Yes. Makeup can attract a great deal of bacteria and dirt over time. Using old eye makeup that has not been changed out recently can cause an infection that results in a stye on the eyelid. Eye care experts recommend replacing old makeup roughly every six months to avoid build-up of bacteria and dirt.

How often should I clean my makeup brushes?

Even if your makeup brushes look perfectly clean, you should clean them at least once per week. You should use a mix of warm water and baby shampoo. After cleaning them, let them air dry, then cover them so that dust and bacteria from the air can’t get on them.