Makeup: caused diseases

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1. Overview

Contact lens wearers, people with sensitive skin or those who manifest different kinds of allergies are the most prone to problems caused by the use of eye makeup. However anyone who uses makeup products for the eyes need to know some basic rules that can help prevent disease or infection.

Makeup is often responsible for some of the eye diseases and may contribute to the onset of the following conditions:
- Allergic contact dermatitis;
- Infections;
- Watery eyes;
- Dry eyes;
- Trauma to the eye;
- Chronic inflammation;
- Chalazion.


1. Overview
2. What kind of problems can occur?
3. Prudent application of eye makeup
4. Precautions

2. What kind of problems can occur?

The most serious problem related to eye makeup involves diseases that affect the cornea, which can often occur from the use of cosmetics. Mascara or eyeliner can scratch the cornea. Occasionally, corneal erosion can become infected and turn into a corneal ulcer which can even lead to blindness. Corneal lesions are usually painful and always require prompt medical attention.

All eye makeup products contain preservatives that are designed to prevent the formation of bacteria. However, if you do not take certain precautions, bacteria can grow on the skin after use. Some women will often develop conjunctivitis due to eye contact and contamination with products or makeup applicators.

Although preservatives partially protect skin against infection, they can irritate the eyes and skin of the more sensitive individuals. In addition, some people may be allergic to fragrances or other ingredients in cosmetic products. In their case may occur watery eyes, itchy eyes and swelling, redness and peeling eyelids. Allergic people may need to try different hypoallergenic products until they find one that can be used safely.

3. Prudent application of eye makeup

Some doctors are pretty concerned about how some people make up their eyes. Eye makeup is applied often in the upper eyelid glands. These glands play a crucial role in creating a healthy eye, but when they are blocked, develop painful chalazions, dryness and irritation. Some people may be allergic to some ingredients and preservatives and may develop allergic dermatitis. Use plenty of mascara increases the risk of pigmented lesions that appear on the white part of the eye.

Tips for safe use of eye makeup:
- Eyeliner pencil lines will be drawn out of genes line to avoid direct contact between cosmetics and eyes;
- Makeup pencil will be sharp and should be used carefully, because wood or tip of it may scratch the eye or eyelid;
- Replace cosmetics every six months to avoid skin contamination with bacteria;
- Do not ever use old applicator in a new cosmetic product;
- Even if the disks pads are designed for use around the eyes, they can irritate your skin. Should be used carefully and avoid placing them in the eye;
- After any eye infection such as conjunctivitis will buy new makeup products;
- Never shall apply eye makeup in a moving vehicle to avoid accidents;
- Do not ever use saliva to delete or thin the makeup products. Saliva contains bacteria existing in the mouth;
- Do not use needles or toothpicks to separate glued lashes;
- If you use an eyelash curler, it should have a soft rubber, not stiff. The curling of eyelashes should always be used only after the mascara was applied. People allergic to nickel should not use curling for the eyelashes, as the metal frame might contain nickel;
- Consult your doctor if you suspect an eye disease, triggered by a cosmetic product.

4. Precautions

Are there any special measures that can be taken by contact lens wearers?
People who wear contact lenses are prone to scratching the cornea or corneal ulcer if contact lenses are not right for them or if various particles enter the lens. In addition, contact lenses may be contaminated with oils, residues and various types of bacteria that are found in cosmetics.

Simple precautions can minimize the chances of contamination:
- Contact lenses will be introduced before applying makeup and removed before removing makeup. Always wash your hands before touching your lenses. Apply small amount of makeup as close to the eye;
- Will buy fresh makeup every three to four months;
- Avoid using cosmetics that may degrade or whose particles can penetrate the eye;
- There will be no eye makeup before inserting contact lenses.

What will you do if, during makeup, the eye is injured?
If a woman has injured her eye while makeup, it is important to be examined by a doctor as soon as possible. Sometimes a minor injury may worsen without proper care. If possible, test cosmetics to detect whether or not they contain bacteria. It will follow the doctor’s advice about the moment when you can resume eye makeup.

When to resume eye makeup after an eye surgery?
Surgeon will provide adequate instructions on the use of cosmetics before and after surgery. To avoid bacterial contamination, do not use makeup a few days before surgery. Depending on the type of surgery will be allowed to resume makeup use after a few days. Water based products will require less friction for their removal and are recommended during healing of the eye.

Used properly, cosmetics can contribute to the eyes’ beauty in safe conditions.



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