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Ophthalmologist reveals beauty procedures that harm eyes

Ophthalmologist reveals beauty procedures that harm eyes What procedures harm the eyes (photo: Freepik)
Author: Daryna Vialko

It's no secret that many beauty and fashion trends can be harmful to health. Some eye manipulations can lead to infection or something even worse, according to the Best life online website.

Eyelash extensions

Eyelash extensions are a breeding ground for bacteria and mites. Even if you clean them daily, you still have a higher risk of bacteria on your lashes.

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, they can potentially cause eyelid or corneal infections and even permanent loss of lashes.

The danger of using cosmetics or eyelash extensions lies in the fact that chemical compounds or particles of the product can get onto the mucous membrane of the eye, disrupting its natural state. This causes discomfort and the feeling of a foreign object in the eye, not only during makeup application but also after its removal, especially with waterproof mascara and various glitters.

Waterproof mascara

Ophthalmologist Nicole Bajic explains that the product can scratch the eye's surface, potentially causing irritation and infection. Instead, it's better to use eyeshadows, as they are less likely to flake off and get into your eye.


Eyeliners can damage the glands along our eyelids, which help produce oil for our tears. This can lead to quite serious dry eye conditions.

Eyelash serum

It is not recommended to use eyelash serums containing prostaglandins. This is a group of lipids with hormone-like actions that your body primarily produces in areas of tissue damage or infection.

While they do work and lengthen your lashes, they can also have side effects such as darkening of the eye color and the skin around the eyes.

Harmful ingredients

The following cosmetic ingredients most commonly irritate the eyes:

  • Lanolin (animal wax)
  • Preservatives, such as parabens like methylparaben and propylparaben
  • Synthetic fragrances
  • Chemical UV filters: avobenzone, benzophenone, octyl salicylate
  • Mineral and essential oils
  • Emulsifiers
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES)

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