Eye Makeup Vision Problems and Natural Makeup Removers

Eye Makeup Vision Problems and Natural Makeup Removers

The fact that eye makeup can cause eye problems has never been a secret. In fact, most women know this, yet still choose to wear it.

Sure, it may make you look like a runway model, but at what cost? More and more, dermatologists are warning women to lay off makeup in general, as it clogs the pores and can cause rashes and infections. Now we think it’s time to start taking it a little more seriously.

Eye makeup has been needlessly damaging women’s vision and it’s time for it to stop.

Meibomian Gland Dysfunction

Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD), otherwise known as dry eyes, is the main problem when it comes to wearing too much eye makeup. This complication of wearing eye makeup is mainly due to the use of eyeliner.

Thick, beautiful, winged eyeliner is definitely the trend these days. From an art perspective, it is a stunning feat of makeup. However, as a person concerned with vision health, I can tell you that looking stunning is not worth the vision complications.

Eyeliner is applied very close to the eye, sometimes even being applied on the water line (which is basically in the eye). When it gets applied, it’s important stay clear of the inside corner of the eye. This is where the problems are rooted.

You don’t have to apply the eyeliner right on the tear duct for it to clog it. As the day goes on and you sweat or your skin becomes oilier, your eyeliner migrates. It may not look like it, but particles from your eyeliner get caught in the tear ducts and block them.

Removing this eyeliner is extremely difficult. You can remove it from the tear duct, but if this is an everyday occurrence, it won’t matter. If the ducts get clogged every day, they will stop working. This is when you develop MGD.

Our eyes need to be lubricated by tears and mucus to properly provide clear vision. When they are too dry, you can experience extreme blurred vision and discomfort. In some extreme cases, dry eyes may even be painful. When you have dry eyes, your eyes feel vulnerable like there’s no layer protecting them.

In a sense this is true. Our eyes water when we cut through an onion because it’s our eye’s natural response to protecting our eyes from chemicals. The same is true for smoke and paint. When our eyes are left without that natural defense, it leaves room for bacteria to grow.


Speaking of bacteria… dry eyes can often lead to conjunctivitis, or pink eye. Without the tears to wash away the chemicals and bacteria entering the eyes, you’ll be left with pink eye.

Pink eye is an uncomfortable eye infection that can sometimes be painful. It can be caused by many things and is highly contagious. Some common causes are exposure to smoke, chemicals, other people with pink eye, and various bacteria.

Pink eye will often only affect one eye, but can be transferred to the other eye. Typically this occurs when you touch the infected eye and then touch the healthy eye with the same hand, transferring the bacteria.

Symptoms of pink eye include: redness (or pinkness) in and around the eye, itching, pain, dryness, and swelling of the eyelid.

Luckily, treatments for pink eye are relatively simple. The symptoms will normally subside within a few days. In the meantime you can use a cold compress to relieve the itchiness and pain. If your symptoms persist for a week, talk to your doctor. You may have to apply topical medication to the eyelids.

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Sharing Eye Makeup

Eye Makeup Vision Problems and Natural Makeup Removers

As if using your own eyeliner was bad enough, sharing eye makeup can also cause vision problems for you.

There is so much bacteria on a mascara wand. Think about it. You apply the mascara onto your eyelashes, the wand picks up bacteria, then you stick the wand back into the tube where the bacteria can fester. Then you repeat it all the next day.

When you share eye makeup, you’re not only applying mascara, but all of that person’s eye bacteria. This is a perfect opportunity for pink eye to strike. Conjunctivitis is an aggressive infection and never misses an opportunity.

Sharing is definitely not caring when it comes to eye makeup.

Makeup Removers

Eye makeup isn’t the only thing destroying your eyes. The eye makeup remover you use to take all that liner off is filled with chemicals. How else would it be able to remove thick black makeup in one fell swoop?

Do you ever get that burning feeling when taking off your eye makeup? Even if the remover is a mild formula meant for eyes, there’s still a little sting. Most of the time, people just go with it. It must be safe for the eyes if it’s specifically made for them, right?

Wrong. Chemicals are chemicals. It doesn’t matter if the bottle says “for eyes”.

That doesn’t mean that you’re destined to wear your makeup forever or until it all smudges off. There are natural alternatives to safely remove your eye makeup.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is probably the best way to remove your makeup. This highly concentrated oil is a marvel. In its natural state, the oil will be a little hard. You’ll need to melt it slightly before using it.

To create your coconut oil makeup remover, stack some cotton balls or makeup removing pads in a mason jar or other narrow container. Microwave about a cup of coconut oil until it becomes liquid clear in color. Then pour it into the jar or container. Let the cotton balls soak (the longer the better).

Simply take a cotton ball and sweep it across your eyelid to remove your makeup.


Milk is not only a healthy drink that strengthens our bones, but it can also be used to remove makeup. All you need is a cotton ball and a few drops of milk.

Add a few drops onto the cotton ball until it is damp with the milk.  Then use it all over your face and eyes.

Makeup can be exciting and is a great way to express your individuality. But if you’re going to use it, be aware of the risks. Remember to always remove your makeup at the end of the day. Never sleep with makeup, especially eye makeup. It will ruin your skin and leave your prone to infections.

If you have your own natural makeup remover alternative, let us know. Share your solution in the comments section below.

About the Author

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Tyler Sorensen is the President and CEO of Rebuild Your Vision. Formerly, Tyler studied Aeronautics with the dreams of becoming an airline pilot, however, after 9/11 his career path changed. After graduating top of his class with a Bachelor of Science degree in Informational Technologies and Administrative Management, he and his brother decided to start Rebuild Your Vision in 2002. With the guidance of many eye care professionals, including Behavioral Optometrists, Optometrists (O.D.), and Ophthalmologists (Eye M.D.), Tyler has spent over a decade studying the inner workings of the eye and conducting research.

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4 responses to “Eye Makeup Vision Problems and Natural Makeup Removers”

  1. Avatar for Gloria Gloria says:

    Oh no Ive used vaseline for years not eve thinking about it!

  2. Avatar for Veronica shirima Veronica shirima says:

    I have never thought of it

  3. Avatar for Rin Rin says:

    coconut oil works great as eye makeup remover, I have been using it for a few years now. great article. thank you

  4. Avatar for Laura Laura says:

    I have blocked tear ducts now twice and took months to go away even after seeing the doctor! This time my eyes burn and are red and the skin around my eyes are chapped I’m very uncomfortable! Is it from my makeup or what?!

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