You’ve suffered a nasty bout of pink eye, also known as conjunctivitis, for weeks and you’ve had enough. Gradually, you can see a light at the end of the tunnel. Your symptoms clear. But, just when everything was going swell, you’re back at it again. You wonder what could have possibly caused it to come back. The answer? It might be your makeup.
Pink eye is HIGHLY contagious and will spread to anything that comes into contact with your eye or eye secretions, including your makeup. So if you don’t want to reinfect yourself or infection loved ones, it might be time to say goodbye to your makeup. (For a little bit).
What is pink eye?
Conjuctivitis, also known as pink eye, is an irritation that covers the white part of the eyeball. It’s usually caused by a bacterial or viral infection. Pink eye is named so because it leaves you with an irritated reddish-pink eye. Doesn’t sound too bad? It can last from a few days to a few weeks. Trying to function when your eyes are constantly itchy and tearing up? That’s no fun.
What causes pink eye?
Pink eye is usually transmitted from contact with another person’s eye liquids or secretions. Therefore, it is important that you do not share products with someone who has or has recently had pink eye.
Can I wear makeup with pink eye?
Although you can wear makeup with pink eye, I would not suggest it. You risk the chance or reinfection. Makeup products are a breeding ground for bacteria and you don’t want to reapply icky eye germs.
Furthermore, pink eye will also leave your eyes irritated, so it’s likely that your makeup will get messed up throughout the day anyway. You’ll be tempted to rub and touch your eyes more than usual.
Besides, pink eye is highly contagious so it’s recommended that you stay home so that you don’t infect other people.
What products should I get rid of?
It’s important to stop wearing contact lenses if you have pink eye because taking them in and out will continue the spread of infection. If you absolutely MUST wear them, use a new pair once the infection clears. Otherwise, you risk getting pink eye again if you use a pair that you did when your eye wasn’t doing too well.
You should also get rid of eyeliner, eye shadow, or any other makeup that goes on your eye. Mascara tubes are also a breeding ground for bacteria, so make sure to get a new one as soon as your symptoms start to go away!
Is there anything that I can do, other than throwing my makeup away?
No one likes to waste money, I get that. But, while it IS in your best interest to get rid of your eye makeup, there ARE some other things that you can do.
I’ve heard of people freezing their makeup, but I wouldn’t recommend that. You would think that this would kill the bacteria, but it doesn’t. It slows down temporarily and then goes back to normal once you’ve taken it out. If you want to kill it, you would have to heat it. Most bacteria cannot live above 120 degrees Fahrenheit or 48.9 degrees Celsius. However, with this in mind, heating up your makeup product will probably ruin it.
You can also spray down your eye shadow palette with alcohol. You can get it HERE on Amazon. You might also be able to save your eyeliner pencil if you sharpen it and then use the alcohol to clean the surface.