Beauty is Pain: Does makeup affect the eyes?

Beauty is Pain: Does makeup affect the eyes?

Putting on makeup is a part of most women’s morning routines, whether it is just a bit of mascara, or even an entire face of makeup.

But, what if that bit of mascara is actually aggravating your eyes?

Mascara, eyeliner, and other products can lead to, or worsen, dry eye symptoms. One of the main causes of makeup related dry eye is that makeup thins out the outermost oily layer of the tear film allowing a much faster evaporation of the natural tears.

Around $10 billion a year is spent on cosmetics and beauty supplies in America, with 75% of women using cosmetics to improve their confidence (U.S. Census Bureau). But, as many of these women are using products to feel confident, it’s important to keep in mind that some of these items can actually cause harm. 

Eye makeup can clog the meibomian glands in your eyelids, which are responsible for making the oil for your tears. When your tear film isn’t working properly, dry eye symptoms are easily triggered. Dry eye disease occurs when your tears aren’t providing adequate lubrication for your eyes, which can cause uncomfortability, and even stinging and burning.

So, is your makeup causing you dry eye? Take this quick quiz to find out: