Did you know eye cosmetics can lead to adverse effects on your ocular surface?

Almost all women use some type of face or eye cosmetics on a daily basis, however many people don’t know the potential negative effects makeup can have on their eye health. A study published by the University of Waterloo has found makeup to migrate into the eye within a few minutes and much quicker when eyeliner is applied inside the lash line. Makeup debris in the eye can often thin out the lipid layer of the tear film, which can cause the tears to evaporate much quicker and lead to symptoms of dryness. It is important to maintain good hygiene when it comes to cosmetics, because bacteria will quickly collect within a few months on mascara wands, eyelash curlers, and makeup applicators.

Ocular complications from Cosmetics Meibomian Gland Dysfunction Ocular Allergy Dryness Ocular discomfort/irritation Blepharitis Conjunctivitis Corneal abrasion

Recommendations for Eye Cosmetics

Always apply makeup outside the lash line and apply mascara on the tips rather than the roots of the eyelash.

Always remove makeup prior to bed, to prevent clogging of the Meibomian glands

Apply contact lenses prior to any use of eye cosmetics. Remove contact lenses prior to removing makeup.

Discard makeup every 3-6 months.

Do not share any makeup and clean brushes frequently.

Never apply makeup if you have or recovering from an eye infection.

Susan Li