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Is Eye Makeup Harming My Eyes?

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A lot of women wear eye makeup daily, but what you don’t know about eye makeup could really hurt your eyes! I know what your thinking, “great now eye makeup is harming my eyes, is there anything that doesn’t harm them?!” This post is absolutely not going to tell you to STOP wearing it, but inform you how to wear it without compromising the health of  your precious peepers!

Dr. Sharma sees many patients who just aren’t aware that their eye makeup could potentially affect their eyes. Although many women know generally that it’s important to not use makeup past its expiry, or that they should regularly clean their makeup brushes, most don’t follow these rules. Usually, because they think the risk of not doing these things just isn’t that high. But, we are here to tell you that the risk is high enough that it could give you a nasty infection, and or lead to other long term eye issues!

We won’t harp on the “rules” you may already be familiar with, instead, we will focus on those you might not know. Like, eyeliner, and makeup sharing!


So Let’s Talk About Eye Liner

Many women wear eyeliner and much of those who do, directly line their waterlines. Not only does this method wear off quicker than if the liner is placed right under the waterline, but this can cause the oil glands to become clogged, and make the eyes more susceptible to infection as well as dryness. The oil glands help the eyes stay moisturized by keeping the tear film stable. A good reason Dr. Sharma always recommends to line the outside of the eye.

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Sometimes Sharing Isn’t Caring

This is especially true when it comes to your eye makeup! It might seem like an innocent gesture to share your eyeliner with a friend. You did after all, clean it with a tissue paper! So what is the big deal? You could be inviting all sorts of unwanted bacteria into your eye by doing this. Even though your friend may show no visible symptoms of an eye infection, you could end up with something…let’s just say less than pretty. So the next time you have the urge to share, think twice about it.


If you need more information on how to protect your eyes, give us a call or book an appointment online with Dr. Sharma. Love your eyes and they will love you back!