Making up


The use of Makeup

Hi friends, in this episode, we will be looking at some infections that can result from use of makeup and how to keep our tools free from contamination.

Make up are substances applied to the skin; there is a tremendous sensory pleasure that follows the application of makeup. Makeup acts and stimulates sight (looking beautiful), smell (from fragrance), and touch. It improves appearance, makes one look radiant, and covers up facial defects. In addition makeup helps the user have self-confidence, it commands respect. Despite all these usefulness of makeup, there are some infections that results from poor hygienic use, low quality, expired products, poor hygienic use of brushes; also excessive use of any skin products can cause irritation especially in individuals with sensitive skin or underlying skin diseases.


In the attempt to look radiant, sparkling and beautiful, some precautions should be considered greatly in order to reduce the harm done to the health of the body; there are two types of skin reactions to cosmetics:

Irritant Contact Dermatitis

It occurs when the skin is damaged. The skin might experience burns, sting, itch, or blisters

Allergic Contact Dermatitis

One can get allergic reactions in any part of the body as a result of cosmetic use; for example redness, swelling, itching. It happens most often on the eyes, face, lips, ears, and neck.


Many who wear eye makeup are not aware of some of the side effects. Below are the measures to ensure it does not affect your eye health:

  1. Poor hygienic usage of tools: for instance the use of already infected eye brush can result in eye defect including eye swelling. Mascara can sometimes do more than make eyelashes full; one can be infected due to the use of old or badly sourced eye makeup. The more you touch the eye, the more likely it is to be affected. Therefore, applying makeup to the eyelid daily particularly of the kit is not clean can lead to problem with the eyelids, the tear film and the eye itself. Makeup brushes in particular will gather bacteria and dirt over time. This means every time you go to apply them using that brush, you may be spreading bacteria and dirt unto the eyelashes, eyelid margins, and therefore tear film which possibly affects the cornea. Eyelash curlers can also build up bacteria, so the more you use them the more your chance of reapplying potential harmful bacteria. All tools need to be thoroughly cleaned on regular bases.
  2. Washing off at night: most importantly makeup should be washed off at night with the right product. Leaving makeup on after a night can cause infection. For example, failing to wash off mascara or eyeliner will increase the chances of bacteria and oil buildup with eyelid inflammation. If the correct antiseptic wipe is not used to clean makeup applied on the eyes, bacteria will get into the eyes leading to redness, irritation, and potential infection.

We will continue next edition on the concluding part.

Thank you.


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