The 5 best hypoallergenic mascaras for sensitive eyes
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Choosing non-irritating eye makeup, such as mascara, for sensitive or allergic eyes means avoiding certain ingredients, licensed ophthalmologist Dr Laura M. Periman explains to Bustle. When shopping for the best hypoallergenic mascaras for sensitive eyes, try to avoid products with preservatives that donate formaldehyde (these are the ones that release formaldehyde – a great antimicrobial that also tends to be quite irritating, Dr Periman says) such as hydroxymethylglycinate, DMDM hydantoin, and quaternium-15. Parabens at very low levels are great, but if you’d rather avoid them, Dr Periman says milder alternatives are ethylhexylglycerin and phenoxyethanol. The expert says that mascara with nylon fibers, which can get lodged in the eyes, and waterproof mascara, which are more difficult to remove, should be avoided if you have sensitive eyes.
Graduated ophthalmologist Dr Donna Esposito tells Bustle that she loves tube mascaras for patients with sensitive eyes because they form tiny tubes around the lashes rather than coating them, and they can be easily washed off. (And like Dr. Esposito, Dr. Periman is also a fan of tube mascaras.)
Unfortunately, both experts say the term “hypoallergenic” is not helpful because it is unregulated. Neither is “tested by an ophthalmologist,” adds Dr Periman. However, if a brand reports results from the epiocular eye irritation test, a toxicity test created as an alternative to laboratory eye tests on rabbits, Dr Periman says that is a good sign, but cosmetics companies do not have to perform this test, nor do they need to report their findings if they do. Dr Periman is working on his own mascara for all users, including contact lens wearers and people with dry and / or sensitive eyes, so keep a eye out (pun intended) for that.
Below you’ll find the best mascaras for sensitive eyes, including two expert picks.
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