Can Make-up Affect your Eyes?

Can cosmetics really affect my eyes? Yes! Make-up particles can irritate the surface of your eyes and skin, causing allergic reactions, stinging, burning, discomfort and dry eye symptoms.

You should avoid make-up with the following preservatives: Benzalkonium Chloride (BAK), Formaldehyde, Parabens, and Phenoxyethanol.

A 2013 study showed that 60% of mascara users experienced eye irritations and eyelash loss! Use washable, NOT waterproof and silk fiber lash mascaras. Toss mascara every 3 months. Use oil-based products, not soap and water, to remove make up. I use OCUSOFT lid scrubs every day to remove my make-up, oil, debris, and pollens. My eyes feel so much better!

4% of Latisse users experience itching, redness, and watering, however, most of my patients have successfully used Latisse. Ask me about this at your next eye appointment!

How can I get rid of the bags under my eyes? Sun protection, hydration (drink enough water, avoid salt, alcohol, tea, sodas), reduce digital device use. Use cold compresses over eyelids and products with tetrapeptide-5 + heparin sulfate, mild retinols, caffeine based ingredients). Try jade roller over lids (carefully follow instructions) and cold cucumbers.

Did you know that your make-up AND make-up remover can stick to your contact lenses, changing the lens fit and comfort! Wash hands thoroughly after applying cream or lotions. Put your contact lenses in before applying make-up. Take your contact lens out before taking off make-up!

Talk to me about DISPOSABLE CONTACT LENSES! They are the healthiest, cleanest mode of contact lens wear. ***You can avoid many of these make-up problems!

Check out Dr. Jennifer Lyerly’s blog: she’s an expert in this field!

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