For many people, makeup plays an essential role in their daily routine. Makeup is known to make you feel confident and help enhance your appearance; however, there is a downside. Makeup can be harmful to your eyes. Makeup products such as mascara or liquid eyeliner are damp and, once opened, can harbour all sorts of germs. Book an appointment with iSurgeon for a suitable vision correction surgery. Here are four ways makeup can harm your eyes:
Increases Risk of Infection
When applying makeup, your fingers and hands can get close to your eyes, so do your makeup products. There are times you might have accidentally poked your eye with a mascara brush or eyelid with your eyeliner; both products contain bacteria. Sharing mascara and eyeliner with others can also increase your risk of an eye infection; these types of makeup products harbour many germs, bacteria can grow on your makeup, and cause eye infections such as conjunctivitis (pink eye). It is important to keep makeup products clean, wash your hands and get a regular eye test to ensure you have not harmed your eyes in other ways.
One of the most consequential injuries that can be caused by eye makeup is scratching your cornea. It is possible that while applying mascara or eyeliner that you can scratch and harm your eye. It is crucial to use your eye makeup carefully without damaging your eye.
Damages Your Eyelids
Most eye makeup application happens on the eyelids. You apply makeup to your eyelids daily. If the makeup brush or the product is expired, it can cause problems with the eyelid, tear the film and eye itself, and cause irritation infection. This could be dangerous to your overall vision. It is vital to wash makeup brushes, throw away expired products and take care of your eyes to improve vision in the long run.
When you wear eye makeup, especially powder and glitters, the makeup particles can cause your tear film to break and evaporate too quickly, leaving your eyes drying out quickly and irritated. This usually happens within 30 minutes of applying makeup. You must protect your eyes, especially when applying makeup, disinfect your makeup applicators and apply makeup carefully.
About Dr. Sachin Bawa
Sachin Bawa is a founder of Dr. Sachin Bawa Cataract and Vision Clinic. He is a qualified ophthalmic surgeon for more than 9 years. He holds a medical degree from the University of Witswatersrand which he completed in 2004.