Watchful Eye

09 Feb 2017
POSTED BY Alvin Thomas

Did you know your eye make-up could be making you sick? Follow these top tips to ensure you keep that twinkle in your eyes.

For a lot of women, eye make-up is an essential part of being properly dressed – just as important as a stylish outfit or nice shoes.

But while mascara and eyeliner can create different looks, from subtle to striking, they can also make you sick.

The problem: eye make-up can be a breeding ground for bacteria. We all have a few microbes, like Staphylococcus and Streptococcus, living around our eyes. When eyeliner or mascara is applied, some of those bugs stick to the applicator and are carried back to the make-up container.

Eye products are supposed to contain preservatives to keep bacteria from growing but some products don’t have enough of them. And over time, the preservative’s effectiveness declines. As a result, the bacteria on an eyeliner pencil or mascara applicator grow and multiply. Each time you apply make-up, you get bigger and bigger doses of bacteria – enough to cause serious infections.

“Every year, many women end up with eye infections from cosmetics,” warns a spokeswoman from the University of Rochester Medical Center in the USA.  “In rare cases, women have been temporarily or permanently blinded by an eye cosmetic, according to the FDA.”

You can, however, prevent these problems and others with these simple tips:

  • Don’t share make-up to avoid spreading bacteria
  • Replace your eye make-up regularly, at least every three to four months
  • Remove eye make-up at the end of every day
  • Practise good eyelid hygiene
  • Keep updated on the latest eyelid-eyelash hygiene clinical safety reports

Christine Sindt, OD, Clinical Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Iowa, recommends wiping the eyes daily with a new antibacterial eyelid cleanser, such as Avenova from NovaBay Pharmaceuticals. She says: “One recent study showed that Avenova dramatically reduces the amount of Staphylococcus and other bacteria around the eye – by more than 99 per cent

“Avenova contains a solution of pure hypochlorous acid, a substance used by the body as a natural defence against pathogens, but is completely harmless to skin.”

Ophthalmologist Alice T. Epitropoulos says:
“I encourage women to talk to their doctors about daily eye hygiene using safe and effective products, such as Avenova, which can be the best defence against infections and other common eye problems, like dry eye and Blepharitis.

“Take these steps, and women can have both beauty and healthy eyes.”

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