Staphylococcal Eye Infection – Prevention & Cure of Blepharitis Caused by Makeup

Eye makeup can cause a staphylococcal eye infectionWhile blepharitis is generally not regarded as contagious, there is some strong evidence here to suggest is can be under some circumstances such as a staphylococcal eye infection.

If you haven’t read the last paragraph of the previous section please do.  There is such a massive difference in the incidence of staphylococcal blepharitis between men and women that you could say it is almost a predominantly female condition.

The culprit is eye makeup and how it is handled so the answer to this one is in your hands. Eye makeup, eyewashes and eye creams can be a great breeding ground for bacteria.  Most of them contain preservatives to protect against this but is imperative that you discard any of these items, particularly eye makeup, when it reaches its expiry date or the specified period since you opened the package.

A Staphylococcal Eye Infection can result from ignoring use-by dates. There are also a number of other precautions you can take to minimise the possibility of eye makeup causing blepharitis.

  • Do not share eye makeup with anyone. We all have our own bodily bacteria load that we have adapted to over the years you may not have the same adaption to bacteria transferred from someone else on their mascara brush or eyeliner pencil.
  • Sharpen your eyeliner pencil frequently, this helps keep it clean
  • Either use disposable mascara brushes which you discard regularly or wash the ones you use in rubbing alcohol
  • To keep your eyeshadow clean, wipe the top layer of the eye shadow off with a tissue then spritz it lightly with rubbing alcohol and let it dry.  This won’t damage the eye shadow, but it will kill the germs.

The bottom line here is that with a bit of thought (think germs) this a very preventable problem and it can save you years of misery.   If you already have the problem then the above is an essential step in the process of getting your eyelids back to normal or, at the very least, getting the problem under control so it is no longer affecting your quality of life. Return