Eye infections often lead to blepharitis, which is an inflammation of the eyelids that leaves them feeling itchy, crusty, burning and stinging.The condition is caused by bacteria entering through a scratch or other tiny wound in the eye. So you might think that keeping your eyes free of make-up is a good way to avoid infection, but in fact the opposite is true. It is found that people who don't wear make-up are more prone to blepharitis.Blepharitis can usually be treated with good eye hygiene and applying a warm compress to the eye. However, if it doesn't go away, or if you suffer repeated infections, you should be referred to a specialist as there may be a damage to the eye or an underlying health complaint such as a skin condition.
While early mascara formulas sometimes contained potentially dangerous ingredients, like turpentine, modern formulas are much more focused on lash health. Mercury, which was used in the past as an ant-bacterial agent, has been largely phased out in mascaras, and has even been banned in Minnesota for use in mascara or other cosmetics.Many types of mascara today are created with ingredients designed to keep lashes healthy, such as protein and lash conditioning formulas. More and more companies are also creating natural or organic mascaras, with ingredients designed to be more earth-friendly and beneficial to the lashes and further to your eyes.