Whenever I ask a patient "What do you use to remove your eye makeup?" I get a lot of answers:
- Pond's cold cream
- Baby oil
- Nothing- I rub my eyes and it's mostly gone by the time I go to bed
- Mary Kay oil free eye makeup remover (even though something separates the liquid from that other stuff in the bottle)
- Baby wipes
- Other brand name eye makeup removers
Your cosmetologist may disagree with your eye doctor. Because your eye doctor looks at you behind the slit lamp microscope and sees what your makeup and removers do to your eyelids and your eyes.
Remember dry eyes is a common problem most women deal with as we get older. One cause is long term damage to the fragile oil glands of the eyelid margins. Our eyelids have these pores that open up near the eyelash follicles and their job is to secrete an oil layer that coats the tear film so our eyes don't get dry. This "oil layer" is actually "meibum". It's a different kind of oil specifically designed to keep the tears from evaporating and keep your vision clear while protecting the front surface of the eyes.
Oily based products clog these glands. And products with lots of chemicals damage these glands too.
Oil free, hypo-allergenic, ophthalmologist tested- and minimal chemicals!
- Gentle bar soap (no added moisturizers or fragrances)
- Neutrogena oil free for sensitive skin
- Cetaphil gentle makeup remover
- Ocusoft products are specifically designed by ophthalmologists
- We sell this product at Total Vision Care for $18 for 7.2 oz foam or $16 for box of Ocusoft Plus wipes
- Oasis Lid & Lash (this is one of my personal favorites- this brand is designed by ophthalmologists, oil free, sensitive eyes, and moisturizes while removing eye makeup with ease)
- We sell this product at Total Vision Care for $20 (no tax added)
- Head & Shoulders Classic Clean Dandruff Shampoo (I know this sounds crazy!)
- The medicated part of the dandruff shampoo decreases inflammation in the lid margins and soothes irritated eyes
What happens if you continue using waterproof mascara and oily based eye makeup removers?
- Thickening, scarring, notching of the eyelid margins from damage to the oil glands
- Loss of lashes (this is why older women lose their lashes)
- Conjunctivitis (eye infection), blepharitis (infected/inflamed eyelid margins), styes (infected oil glands)
- Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD- long term clogging of the oil glands)
- Dry eye syndrome (leads to blurred vision, light sensitivity, eye pain, decreased vision, headaches)
- Corneal scarring (leads to decreased vision)
Beauty and fashion doesn't have to damage our eyes! So what SHOULD you do?
- USE NON WATERPROOF MASCARA FOR SENSITIVE EYES
- APPLY EYELINER ONLY ON THE SKIN, NOT THE WATERLINE
- APPLY LIGHT EYE MAKEUP, DON'T GO HEAVY
- REMOVE EYE MAKEUP AS SOON AS YOU GET HOME WITH OIL FREE, HYPO-ALLERGENIC EYE MAKEUP REMOVERS
- REPLACE YOUR MASCARA EVERY FEW MONTHS
- SANITIZE OR REPLACE YOUR EYE MAKEUP BRUSHES
- SEE YOUR EYE DOCTOR EVERY YEAR
- SEE YOUR EYE DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY IF YOUR EYES GET IRRITATED, RED OR DRY
WHAT NOT TO DO:
- DON'T GET LOTIONS AND OILY PRODUCTS ANYWHERE NEAR THE EYES (YES THAT INCLUDES EYE CREAMS!)
- DON'T SHARE EYE MAKEUP OR BRUSHES
- DON'T USE FAKE EYE LASHES OR MASCARA WITH "FIBERS" THAT CAN GET IN YOUR EYES
- DON'T LEAVE YOUR EYE MAKEUP ON OVERNIGHT
- DON'T IGNORE SIGNS OF AN EYE INFECTION AND DON'T SELF TREAT
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