When it comes to your eyesight, any eye makeup, especially eyeliner, can cause acute blepharitis, as it can block the eyelid’s meibomian glands and reduce the secretion of oils needed on the surface of the eye, causing tears to evaporate too quickly.
Can you wear eye makeup if you have blepharitis?
Makeup can worsen blepharitis, and for patients with severe flares or chronic ongoing problems necessitate a makeup “holiday.” Many patients can resume makeup once the blepharitis is improved, but it is best to choose brands formulated without the more synthetic parabens and waxes.
Do I need to throw away makeup after blepharitis?
One question I get asked often is if a patient can wear make-up if they have blepharitis. Blepharitis is not an eye infection. It’s inflammation of the eyelids, so technically, you can continue using your make-up with blepharitis.
Why have I suddenly got blepharitis?
What causes blepharitis? Most of the time, blepharitis happens because you have too much bacteria on your eyelids at the base of your eyelashes. Having bacteria on your skin is normal, but too much bacteria can cause problems. You can also get blepharitis if the oil glands in your eyelids get clogged or irritated.
What can exacerbate blepharitis?
- Excess bacteria.
- A blocked oil gland on your eyelid.
- Hormone problems.
- Infection with a virus.
- Skin conditions such as seborrheic dermatitis, rosacea, and eczema.
- Tiny insects called mites.
Does mascara affect blepharitis?
Untreated blepharitis can affect the eyelash follicles, causing your lashes to fall out. Another good tip is to choose an eyeliner or mascara that washes off easily, as it’s less likely to plug the glands in your eyelids. Be gentle when using facial cleansers and make sure they are designed for use around the eyes.
Can old mascara cause blepharitis?
Most of the time, complications related to improper mascara use are hidden in plain sight. A chronic eye infection called blepharitis is most often the culprit.