11 Ways Eye Makeup Can Damage Your Eyes

When it comes to makeup and your eyes, don’t let vanity cloud your judgment – or your vision. Here’s how to protect your eyes…

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11 Ways Makeup Can Damage Your Eyes

Your mascara had a meltdown. It was fine yesterday, but now it’s all gloppy coming out of the tube. Is it still OK to use?

Don’t take any chances. Watch out for these 11 makeup dangers that can ruin your eyes and vision.

 

1. Not washing your hands.

You touch things with your fingertips, so bacteria are always on them, says Cindy Wang, O.D., of the South Pasadena Optometric Group in South Pasadena, Calif., and member of the California Optometric Association.

Not washing your hands.

“If you aren’t washing your hands [before you apply makeup], you can transfer bacteria onto the makeup or into the eyes,” Dr. Wang says. “There’s always a risk of irritating the eyelid area or causing an eye infection.”

 

2. Using old mascara.

Throw away mascara after six months because it dries out.

“It doesn’t coat as well, can flake off and get into the eye area and cause an infection,” Dr. Wang notes.

Using old mascara.

In rare cases, women have been temporarily or permanently blinded by using old eye makeup, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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