What can I use if I am allergic to eye makeup?

Are you looking for a way to accentuate your eyes without the risk of irritation? If you have an allergy to traditional eye makeup, you may feel limited in the available options. Don’t worry – plenty of alternative products can help you achieve the look you want without risking an allergic reaction. 

Identify the Cause of the Allergy

If you are having a negative reaction to eye makeup, it is likely due to contact dermatitis. Contact dermatitis is an itchy, red rash caused by an allergic reaction to certain ingredients found in makeup. These ingredients include waxes, oils, detergents, dyes, perfumes, and preservatives.

If you suspect you have an allergy to makeup, it is important to identify the cause of the allergy before you stop using the product. You may need to visit your doctor or an allergist for further testing.

Stop Using the Offending Material

If you suspect you are having an allergic reaction to eye makeup, the first step is to stop using the offending material. Since it is often difficult to identify the specific cause, it is best to discontinue the use of all cosmetics.

For more severe reactions, consider using a 1% hydrocortisone cream that can be purchased without a prescription. Additionally, an oral antihistamine may be taken to help reduce the symptoms of the reaction. Monitor your skin for any changes.

Use a Wet Cloth to Soothe the Skin

A cool, wet cloth can reduce itching and inflammation if your skin is already irritated. This can be done by taking a soft washcloth, wetting it with cool water, and placing it on your skin for 15 to 30 minutes.

Applying a hydrocortisone or calamine lotion may help to relieve the itch. Be sure to wash the affected area with mild soap and warm water after using topical creams or lotions.

By taking these steps, you can help to reduce the discomfort associated with an eye makeup allergy.

Find Hypoallergenic Makeup Products

If you are allergic to makeup, it is important to find hypoallergenic makeup products that will not irritate your skin. Dermatologists recommend brands like Jane Iredale, Physician’s Formula, Neutrogena, and Clinique for sensitive skin.

Almay also has a line of hypoallergenic makeup formulated without common allergens such as parabens, phthalates, and sulfates. SkinSAFE offers an ingredient-based search engine to help you find hypoallergenic products for different skin types and concerns.

Choose Matte Makeup and Earth Tones

If you have sensitive skin, it is important to choose makeup products that are gentle on the skin. Matte makeup, which does not contain any shimmer or sparkle, is a great option for sensitive skin.

Earth tones are also a good choice, as they are often made with minerals and are less likely to irritate the skin.

Regarding eyeliner, pencils are preferable, as they are easier on the delicate skin around the eyes.

Use Pencils for Eyeliner

If you experience an allergic reaction after using liquid eyeliner or mascara, it may be time to switch to pencils. Eyeliner pencils are gentler and often free of irritants like fragrances and preservatives. Plus, they can provide a softer look than liquid eyeliners.

f you’re looking for a gentle and effective eyeliner pencil, check out Better’n Ur Eyes Natural Eyeliner Pencil. It contains healing oils, like castor, that are great for sensitive skin types and won’t irritate. Or, you could try the Eye Define Waterline in black from Pixi by Petra for a subtle look.

A pencil will help you get the desired result without risking reactions.

Avoid Fragrances, Dyes, and Preservatives

If you are allergic to eye makeup, it is important to avoid fragrances, dyes, and preservatives. Common makeup preservatives can include formaldehyde and formaldehyde-releasing agents such as Diazolidinyl urea and quaternion-15 (Q-15).

Balsam of Peru (aka Myroxylon pereirae) is a common fragrance additive that can trigger allergic reactions. While you may have used these ingredients before without issue, you can experience an allergy even after regular use.

To be safe, avoiding any products containing these ingredients is best.

Cleanse Gently

For those with sensitive skin, it is important to cleanse gently. La Roche-Posay Micellar Water is a great choice as it can be used as a makeup remover for the eyes.

Those with extremely sensitive skin should use Topix Replenix moisturizers formulated with green tea. Boscia’s Makeup-Breakup Oil is another option, as it breaks down allergens and removes makeup without harsh rubbing.

Lastly, Dr. Mary Ramirez recommends using hypoallergenic eye makeup products, such as those from VMV Hypoallergenics.

This brand is specifically designed with easily irritated skin in mind, and its cleansing agents are isotonic to tears and are designed to soothe and soften the skin.

Monitor for Reactions

Once you have identified the cause of your allergy and taken steps to avoid it, it is important to monitor for reactions when using new products.

Introduce one new product at a time to identify the source of any potential reactions easily.

Keep an eye out for stinging, swelling, or other irritation. If you experience any of these, discontinue using that product and seek medical attention if necessary.

Dermatologist and esthetician Sydney Blankenship recommends using Shea Terra Organics Rose Hips Black Soap Deep Pore Facial Wash as an effective cleanser for acne sufferers. 

By carefully monitoring your skin and taking the necessary precautions, you can ensure that your makeup will be safe and enjoyable.