Makeup is a regular part of many women’s daily routine. While makeup can be a great tool for self expression, you need to be diligent about hygiene when it comes to any cosmetics applied near your eyes to reduce the risk of infection.
Improper use of makeup may lead to infection, allergic reaction and even injury. In fact, one of the most common causes of eye infection is old makeup. Bacteria can easily spread on your cosmetic tools.
To reduce the risk of infection or other problems from your eye makeup, follow these tips by Elite Vision Care:
1. Use Each Product as Intended
Use your cosmetics appropriately. For example, don’t use your eye pencil on your lips or vice versa. Doing so can spread bacteria, causing infection.
2. Observe the Three-Month Rule
Get rid of eye products every three months and buy new ones. Infection-causing bacteria spreads fast on liquid eye makeup. Eyeliners stiffen as they age, which means you have to apply more pressure when applying the makeup. This puts you at risk of corneal injury. In case you develop an eye infection, it’s best to throw away all your eye makeup to prevent re-infection.
3. Never Share Makeup
Never share your makeup. If you wish to try makeup in stores, request for a fresh sample that no one has used. Try only one product at a time, especially if you’re sensitive to cosmetics.
4. Be Aware of Your Eye Conditions
If you’re suffering from any eye condition, bad makeup habits can make it worse. Using old mascara, makeup removers with oils or paraben, and powder- and liquid-based makeup may exacerbate the condition. For example, if you are undergoing glaucoma treatment or similar management procedures, talk with your doctor before using an eyelash-enhancing serum.
5. Remove Makeup Before Going to Sleep
Never sleep without removing your makeup. Use a gentle makeup remover especially on the eyes to get rid of all traces of cosmetics.
If you begin experiencing irritation or allergies due to cosmetics or if you want to know how your makeup can affect your dry eye treatment, reach out to us. Schedule an appointment by calling us today at (281) 554-7080. Elite Vision Care serves League City, TX. patients.