Eye Makeup; Do’s and Don’ts for Proper Eye Health and Hygiene

Do use hypoallergenic makeup

Hypoallergenic makeup was introduced to the market in 1953.  It describes products that are less likely to cause an allergic reaction. It is not an official medical term, so claims that a product is hypoallergenic might apply to some people and not to others who are actually allergic to the products that other people are not allergic to.  In any event, better safe then sorry when it comes to your eyes!  Signs of eye allergies that might be caused by the type of eyeliner or mascara you use include itching, tearing and puffy lower eyelids.

Product Approval and Regulation

FDA’s legal authority over cosmetics is different from other products regulated by the agency, such as drugs, biologics, and medical devices. Cosmetic products and ingredients are not subject to FDA premarket approval authority, with the exception of color additives. However, FDA may pursue enforcement action against violative products, or against firms or individuals who violate the law.

Cosmetic firms are responsible for substantiating the safety of their products and ingredients before marketing. Failure to adequately substantiate the safety of a cosmetic product or its ingredients prior to marketing causes the product to be misbranded unless the following warning statement appears conspicuously on the principal display panel of the product’s label:

“Warning–The safety of this product has not been determined.” (21 CFR 740.10)

In general, except for color additives and those ingredients which are prohibited or restricted from use in cosmetics by regulation, a manufacturer may use any ingredient in the formulation of a cosmetic provided that the ingredient and the finished cosmetic are safe, the product is properly labeled, and the use of the ingredient does not otherwise cause the cosmetic to be adulterated or misbranded under the laws that FDA enforces.

Your best bet is to use a product from an established cosmetics company; one with many products on the market and a good reputation as there is no regulatory agency that approves cosmetics to market.

Do Not share eye makeup with others

Eye makeup applicators become contaminated with bacteria the second the bottle is opened, and get a heavy dose of bacteria when applied to the margins of the eyelids or the eyelashes.  One role of the eyelashes is to collect microorganisms like bacteria and viral particles before they get in the eye, so they are loaded with these vermin.  The lower eyelids are a common place for bacteria to thrive, so applying makeup to them causes you to wipe up some bacteria onto your applicator and introduce it into the cosmetic vial you are using where it multiplies.  Did I gross you out? Don’t share!

Do not apply eye makeup on eyelid margin behind eyelashes

There are important glands that are on the margins of the eyelids just behind (closer to the eye) the eyelash line.  By applying makeup along the inner eyelid margins, the glands can become clogged and lead to a condition known as meibomitis (click HERE for more information on causes of dry and red eyes).

do not poke yourself in the eye with mascara brush

Just had to throw this one in – hope you knew it already.

Courtesy of the Doctors and staff at Shady Grove Eye and Vision Care; Optometrists, Ophthalmologists and Opticians serving Rockville, Gaithersburg and Potomac Maryland suburbs of Washington DC.  For more information visit youreyesite.com

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