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Last updated February 1, 2017 (originally published December 13, 2014)

By Louise Carr, Associate Editor and Featured Columnist






If you can’t leave the house without a full face of makeup,
consider what you are doing to your body.  Surprisingly,
makeup is not as safe as you would think. If eye makeup is
your weakness, you’ve got even more health dangers to watch
out for, according to experts. The ingredients of eye shadows,
eye pencils, mascara, eyelash tints and more can cause allergic
reactions, eye injury and even lead poisoning. So should you
embrace the natural look and throw out your eye makeup?
What health dangers lurk in your cosmetics bag and what can
you do about them?

Is Anyone Checking Your Eye Make-Up is Safe?

When you apply a coat of mascara or a sparkly eye shadow,
you probably assume the makeup you use has been extensively
tested for safety. The cosmetics have probably been approved
by a government regulatory agency, as food items are.

Actually, “the law does not require cosmetic products and
ingredients to have FDA approval before they go on the
market, but it does require them to be safe when consumers
use them according to their labeling, or as they are customarily
used,” according to the US Food and Drug Administration
(FDA).

In short, the FDA does not test or regulate the makeup you use
around your eyes. Certain ingredients are prohibited or
restricted, but makeup items can be brought to market without
approval by the FDA so long as they do not contain these
ingredients – and any color additive must be approved. Which
means that practically anything can be combined into makeup
and sold to you.

What’s the Safest Way to Apply Eye Makeup?

Your eyes are extremely delicate. The sensitive membranes
around the eye can absorb dyes and ingredients in eye
products. And even if the ingredients in the eye makeup are
completely harmless, if any particle gets in the eye it can lead to
infection and irritation.

Firstly, the safest place to apply eye makeup is in front of your
mirror in good light – certainly not in a car as you wait at the
stop light. If you slip with the mascara wand you risk serious
eye injury.

Wash your hands thoroughly before applying eye makeup.
Gently remove all traces of the makeup from your eyes before
you go to bed so the products don’t build up and end up inside
your eye.

No matter how careful you are, however, some eye makeup
products will never be good for your health. We looked at
recent scientific research to show you how certain cosmetics
can harm the eyes or cause other health problems.


Here are seven issues to watch out for --- keep your eyes open.
































1.
Using Permanent Eyelash Tint Can Cause Serious Injury

While most ingredients are approved for use in eye cosmetics,
this is not true for the ingredients in permanent eyelash tints
that are made to give you thicker lashes.

No permanent dyes are approved for the eyelashes, according
to the Food and Drug Administration in 2011. The FDA says
permanent eyelash and eyebrow tints have been linked to
serious eye problems including blindness.

2.
Mascara Changes the Structure of Your Eyelashes

You may think that applying a coat of mascara is pretty
harmless, but did you know that mascara actually changes the
structure of your eyelashes and can result in cuticle problems?

A 2014 study by Japanese scientists (Fukami K, Inoue T, Kawai
T, Takeuchi A, Uesugi K, and Suzuki Y) demonstrated that the
more frequently you use mascara, the greater the amount of
cracking in the eyelash cuticle.

Applying heavy coats of mascara every day can eventually lead
to loss of eyelashes and damaged cuticles.

3.
False Eyelashes Cause Allergic Reactions

Gluing eyelash extensions to your eyes can, unsurprisingly, be
an irritating practice.

The eyelids are delicate, says the US Food and Drug
Administration(FDA), and the adhesives can cause irritation and
injury.

The FDA says, “Remember that the eyelids are delicate, and an
allergic reaction, irritation, or other injury in the eye area can
be particularly troublesome. Check the ingredients before using
these adhesives.”

4.
Prescription Drug for Longer Eyelashes? Beware

An eyelash serum distributed under prescription and used to
deliver longer, better-looking lashes is being bought without
prescription online, and can cause serious skin pigmentation
changes.

A 2010 study from Summa Health Systems, Akron reported
how the serum, called Latisse, caused changes in skin color
around the eyes. The drug can cause the skin around the eyes
to darken, often permanently.

5.
Avoid Kohl Eye Pencils for Lead Danger

Be careful if you are considering buying kohl eye makeup,
which is a traditional cosmetic from Middle Eastern, Asian and
North African cultures.

Kohl is usually sold in powder or block form and it is put into
an applicator for use on the eyes.

Numerous studies have shown some kohl products contain lead.

In 2007 the New York City Health Department warned that
imported kohl products had caused five cases of lead poisoning
in children and pregnant women who accidentally ingested the
makeup.

The kohl products are banned by the FDA but some are
imported illegally, according to a 1991 study from the
University of Pittsburgh.

Remember, kohl is not the same as eyeliner pencils or eyeliner
sticks – the only regulatory ban is for the kohl product from
abroad.

6.
Safety Checklist for Eye Makeup

If you regularly use mascara, eye pencils, or eye shadow – or
even if you only apply eye makeup on special occasions – the
FDA has some crucial safety tips.

In particular, it is very important to throw away any eye
products you use when you have an eye infection.

Don’t share your eye makeup.

Don’t use eye makeup that has gone past its good-by date –
the FDA recommends discarding mascara two to four months
after opening, for example.

Don’t add water or saliva to mascara to increase the moisture
content as this can dilute the preservative in the makeup
designed to protect the product from bacterial growth.

Store eye makeup in a cool place to prevent deterioration of
this preservative.

7.  
Dermatitis Caused by Preservatives in Eye Makeup

Preservatives in eye makeup and other cosmetics can cause
contact dermatitis, according to experts like researchers at the
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in 2014. Certain
ingredients in eye shadow or eye products that block the pores
can also cause folliculitis, where the hair follicles become
infected and inflamed.


8.
Simply Re-Using Eye Makeup Can Spread Infection

Conjunctivitis or "pink eye" is the most common eye infection.
Highly contagious, pink eye tends to recur for one
overwhelming reason --you re-infect yourself, either by putting
your fingers in your eye or when you apply make-up. Once you
have had pink eye, you must throw it all your mascara and eye
liners or you simply risk re-infecting your eyes.  Even if you do
not have pink eye, you should regularly discard your eye make-
up, at least every 6 months.






















































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