Is Your Eye Makeup Making You Sick? What You Need to Know

Is Your Eye Makeup Making You Sick? What You Need to Know

Is Your Eye Makeup Making You Sick? What You Need to Know For many women, eye makeup is an essential part of being properly dressed, as important as a stylish outfit or nice shoes.
But while mascara and eyeliner can create different looks, from subtle to striking, they can also make you sick.
The problem: Eye makeup can be a breeding ground for bacteria. We all have a few microbes, like Staphylococcus and Streptococcus, living around our eyes. When eyeliner or mascara is applied, some of those bugs stick to the applicator and are carried back to the makeup container.
Eye products are supposed to contain preservatives to keep bacteria from growing. But some products don’t have enough. And over time, the preservative’s effectiveness declines. As a result, the bacteria on an eyeliner pencil or mascara applicator grow and multiply. Each time you apply makeup, you get bigger and bigger doses of bacteria — enough to cause serious infections.
“Every year, many women end up with eye infections from cosmetics,” warns the University of Rochester Medical Center. “In rare cases, women have been temporarily or permanently blinded by an eye cosmetic, according to the FDA.”
You can, however, prevent these problems and others with these simple tips:
* Don’t share makeup to avoid spreading bacteria.
* Replace your eye makeup regularly, at least every three to four months.
* Remove eye makeup at the end of every day.
* Practice good eyelid hygiene.
* Keep updated on the latest eyelid-eyelash hygiene clinical safety reports.
Christine Sindt, OD, Clinical Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Iowa, recommends wiping the eyes daily with a new antibacterial eyelid cleanser, such as Avenova from NovaBay Pharmaceuticals. “One recent study showed that Avenova dramatically reduces the amount of Staphylococcus and other bacteria around the eye — by more than 99 percent,” says Sindt. “Avenova contains a solution of pure hypochlorous acid, a substance used by the body as a natural defense against pathogens, but is completely harmless to skin.”
“I encourage women to talk to their doctors about daily eye hygiene using safe and effective products, such as Avenova, which can be the best defense against infections and other common eye problems, like dry eye and Blepharitis,” adds Columbus, Ohio, ophthalmologist Alice T. Epitropoulos, MD. “Take these steps, and women can have both beauty and healthy eyes.”
There’s At Least One Thing Americans Are Satisfied With
How often are the overwhelming majority of Americans satisfied with anything these days?
Not that often, judging by news headlines.
So it’s worth noting that a study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that a whopping 83 percent of households surveyed were either “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with chiropractic care. Among the factors putting chiropractors over the top: displaying “concern about a patient’s overall health, and the extent to which (they) explain the condition and the treatment.”
In fact, even as the number of Americans attracted to chiropractic care for its drug-free, hands-on, and non-invasive approach to treating neuro-musculoskeletal conditions continues to grow — virtually tripling in the past two decades — evidence of patient satisfaction continues to pour in:
* Nine out of 10 patients in a recent BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders study on upper cervical chiropractic care for neck pain, headaches, mid-back, and low back pain reported a “high level” of patient satisfaction.
* In a head-to-head matchup against traditional medical providers, writers in the prestigious American Journal of Public Health concluded that “much of the satisfaction gap” they found — with doctors of chiropractic coming out on top in patients’ opinions — appeared to come down to “differences in the amount of advice and explanation” provided by each.
“Utilization of chiropractic care continues to increase largely because of its documented effectiveness, high patient satisfaction, and lower costs,” says Sherry McAllister, DC, executive vice president of the not-for-profit Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, noting that doctors of chiropractic have a minimum of seven years of higher education.
To find a local doctor of chiropractic, visit F4CP.com/findadoctor.

Americans Would Prefer to See a Chiropractor Than Primary Care Doctor for Certain Conditions, Study Finds



Americans Would Prefer to See a Chiropractor Than Primary Care Doctor for Certain Conditions, Study Finds
To hear news outlets tell it, the majority of Americans are overwhelmingly unsatisfied these days.
So it’s worth noting that a study in the Journal of Manipulative Physiological Therapeutics found that a whopping 83 percent of households surveyed were either “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with chiropractic care. Among the factors? Displaying “concern about a patient’s overall health, and the extent to which (they) explain the condition and the treatment.”
In fact, even as the number of Americans attracted to chiropractic care for its drug-free, hands-on and non-invasive approach to caring for neuro-musculoskeletal conditions continues to grow — virtually tripling in the past two decade

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