5 Practices that Promote Makeup Eye Safety

The best in high-end cosmetics are all the rage in 2016, and the latest and greatest of these popular products are always improving. Many women love the look of the newest shade of eye shadow and mascara that promises thicker, more beautiful lashes. Every morning across the Triangle, women pull out their makeup brushes as part of their morning routine.

Dr. Beth R. Friedland of Park Ophthalmology has a few reminders to make sure that everyone who uses cosmetics does so in a safe manner for the sake of their eye health. Eye irritation and infections from makeup are more common than the general public would think, and they can be prevented by following some simple habits.

Park Ophthalmology offers five good practices when using makeup:

  • Don’t share: Resist the urge to try another person’s makeup. Its use is  a potential  breeding ground for bacteria, including those that can cause pink eye. While at the cosmetic counter, avoid the use of testers, which have been touched by hundreds of people.
  • Keep it clean: Wash hands well before and after applying makeup. Mucus membranes in the nose and eyes are pathways for infections to enter the body.
  • Toss old makeup: Just as with food, makeup should be thrown out after a period of time. Mascara runs the highest risk of transferring bacteria from tube to eyes, so discard it after 90 days, sooner if it starts to dry out. Liquid eyeliner should also be tossed after 90 days. Dry eye shadow and pencils can remain safe for up to two years, but if eyes or skin becomes irritated, the dry product could be to blame.
  • Store safely: Even though the bathroom seems the easiest place to store makeup, the heat and humidity promote bacteria growth. Find a dry, cool location, such as a hallway closet or bedroom vanity, for makeup bag storage.
  • Nightly ritual: It’s often tempting to fall into bed and leave makeup removal until the morning. Eye makeup, including mascara, can clog pores, resulting in irritation and possibly infection. Give skin and eyes a break overnight and always remove the day’s makeup before going to bed.

If you are ever have a bad reaction to eye makeup, contact Park Ophthalmology for an appointment with Beth R. Friedland M.D., Park Ophthalmology has convenient locations in both Raleigh and Durham to serve Triangle area patients.


Park Ophthalmology welcomes patients from all areas of the Triangle and offers a wide variety of specialized services including surgery for diseases of the eye, vision examinations, eye safety information, sports medicine protective eyewear and counseling, contact lenses and evaluation, and all types of ocular diagnosis and treatment. Many types of surgery are available, including cataract and laser surgery. We are here for you and your eye and overall health. Give us a call today!

This article about the vision care is brought to you by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.

The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.


Park Ophthalmology

5306 NC Highway 55, Suite 102 (adjacent to the RTP/ Research Triangle Park)

Durham, NC 27713

Office: 919 544 5375

Fax: 919 544 5829


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6512 Six Forks Road, Suite 105

Raleigh, NC 27615

919 846 6915

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