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Eye make-up products are developed to pose a minimal risk of irritation or allergy


The eyelids are a very fragile area and prone to allergies. And yet, for many women, it is the only part of the face to which they apply make-up. Historically, the use of eye make-up dates back several millennia. So what advice should you give? Our questions are answered by a dermatologist.

What particular care should be taken when wearing eye make-up?

Eye make-up products are developed to pose a minimal risk of irritation or allergy.

There are specific ranges for "sensitive eyes". The most important thing is to thoroughly moisturise the area around the eyes before applying make-up. And to carefully remove eye make-up with gentle products adapted to this part of the face.

What are the specific characteristics of eye make-up products?

The formulation of eye products is quite different from foundations.

Eye shadows have a high pigment content (zinc oxide and titanium oxide) for maximum coverage. This can make them irritating. Mascara and eye-liner may be in contact with the eye and require a specific formulation. They contain waxes and gelling agents.

Are allergies on the eyelids caused by make-up?

No, it is very rare. Of course, in the case of eyelid inflammation, make-up should be avoided.

However, over time allergenic components (rosin, kathon, etc.) have been removed from make-up products. On the other hand, eczema on the eyelids would point to an allergy caused by contact with a nail varnish or an airborne allergen: spray-on perfume, hair lacquer, plant elements or pollen, etc.

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