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12 FDA-Recommended Makeup Safety Tips

We recently wrote about the bacterial dangers posed by using old mascara, so we thought it would be a good idea to look at some other important FDA recommended cosmetic safety tips:

  1. If you have any irritation or reaction from your makeup, no matter how small, stop using the product immediately and seek medical attention if necessary.
  2. Don’t try to water down or add anything to your makeup (never use saliva!), it could introduce more bacteria into the container.
  3. Always read the label and follow any directions or expiry dates listed on your products, unless the makeup seems dirty or changes color before the expiry is up, then throw them out.
  4. If you see dust or dirt on the makeup container, wipe it clean before opening. In many cases, if your makeup has been collecting dust it may be safer to toss it and update your collection.
  5. Only use aerosol sprays in well ventilated areas.
  6. Never share your makeup, while it sounds like a fun concept, it introduces another person’s bacteria or potential contagions to your products, and eventually to your skin.
  7. Always wash your hands thoroughly before applying makeup as you are inviting the day’s bacteria into your eyes and on your skin if you don’t.
  8. If you ever have a contagious skin infection or eye infection, be sure to throw away any makeup you used during that time and restock.
  9. Don’t store makeup in places that reach temperatures above 85°F, or they may spoil quicker.
  10. Never use hair dye on your eyelashes or eyebrows, there is no FDA regulated dyes or tints approved for use around the sensitive eye area yet.
  11. Only apply mascara or eyeliner in a safe area, never while on a moving vehicle as one tiny scratch with the wand could lead to eye damage or infection.
  12. Try to use clean brushes every time and not contaminate your makeup with dirty tools or fingers.

Those With Sensitivities Should Take More Precautions

If you have allergies or sensitive skin, use extra caution with makeup, as the FDA does not test or regulate cosmetics that are sold (but it does collect data on reactions and problems and suggest label adjustments). Some common makeup ingredients that could be bothersome to those with sensitive skin include: propylene glycol, parabens, and preservatives like phenoxyethanol, formaldehyde and hydantoin. It may be a good idea for those with allergies to opt for makeup with more pronounceable ingredients, such as certain organic brands.

So, best to practice caution than to wind up being sorry! Thanks for visiting DocChat, remember, our board certified physicians are standing by 24/7/365 to help you with any health-related inquiries!