Make-Up is Meant to Beautify Your Eyes Not to Cause Allergy

Updated at: Feb 28, 2017
Make-Up is Meant to Beautify Your Eyes Not to Cause Allergy

The red puff and scaly skin around your eyes may be an allergic reaction to make-up. Find out how you can minimise the allergic reaction to eye make-up.

Pratima Sharma
Fashion & BeautyWritten by: Pratima SharmaPublished at: Apr 21, 2011

Allergic reaction to eye make-up can sometimes cause serious repercussions. There can be several causes for the same.

girl scratching allegic eyeIt is not always possible to pin down the cause and rectify it. Eye make-up can be of various types such as eye pencil liners, liquid eyeliners, mascara, and eye shadow. If you happen to use all, any of the above compounds can cause severe allergic reaction.

The occurrence of allergy is most common in individuals who have extra sensitive skin which reacts to certain ingredients present in these make-up products.

Some of the most common ingredients which can be responsible for causing allergies include lanolin, nickel and rosin, which may be present in all eye make-up products. Moreover, some preservatives which are used to deter bacterial growth can also be responsible for allergic reaction. Sometimes, the make-up remover can also be blamed.

Although it might seem like quite a task to decipher the actual cause of allergic reaction due to application of make-up in and around the eye area and eliminate it altogether, some practical safety tips and practises can help in managing the causes and minimising the impact as much as possible.

The most common is of course opting for hypoallergenic variants. These can substantially reduce the occurrence of allergies and tackle the problem to a large extent.

Minimising Causes of Allergic Reaction

Allergic reactions manifest in the form of tearing out, redness, puffiness, itchiness and even flaking of the eyelids, all of which can be extremely painful to deal with. Some of the preventive measures for reducing the intensity and frequency of such occurrences include the following:

  • In case you are suffering from an infection of the eye such as conjunctivitis, you need to discard your entire lot of make-up products and procure fresh ones so that the infection does not persist.
  • Replace your entire stock of eye make-up once every six months for added safety. Used products often tend to be breeding grounds of bacteria which can cause severe eye infections and allergies.
  • It is better to avoid lash building mascara and metallic mascaras, as the tiny particles might get inside your eyes, causing itching and irritation.
  • It is very important to remove all your eye make-up when you visit the doctor for any eye related ailments.
  • It is very important to freshly sharpen your eyeliner pencils just before usage in order to prevent infection caused due to exposed and straggly tips.
  • When you start buying products for eye make-up, opt for smaller samples at the outset and use them in minimal quantities and test their reactions, before investing in larger packs which will definitely cost more.
  • Never use saliva to moisten your dried mascara or caked eye shadow. Saliva could be laden with bacteria, which automatically gets transferred into the cosmetic product which you apply around your eyes. Always use distilled water for moistening dried make-up in order to avoid undue infections.

Minimising allergic reaction caused due to eye make-up might prove to be a daunting task. However, a safe and responsible approach can go a long way in manageing the problem.


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