Post # 1
I’ve noticed in the past couple of weeks that after a few hours of wearing mascara, it suddenly starts to burn. And I mean BURN. As in it must be removed immediately. I’ve tried three different mascaras (Cover Girl, L’Oreal, and Benefit) during this time and it happens with all of them. Anyone with sensitive eyes have any brand suggestions? Or does anyone know why my eyes might be reacting this way out of the blue?
Post # 3
@BruinBeeMPH: I think I’d see a doctor about this one. Sounds like you might be having some kind of allergic reaction? But don’t let us on WB diagnose you! I would definitely check with a specialist – there might an ingredient in mascara that you’ve developed an allergy to.
Post # 4
Lily Lolo mascara is the only thing I can use on my very sensitive eyes, but everyone’s so different!
Post # 5
I had the same problem, I have sensitive eyes and I wear contacts. The only mascara that doesn’t bother me at all is the Neutrogena. I agree with pengoala, though, first of all you should see a doctor.
Post # 6
I have super sensitive eyes (and wear contacts) and can wear Cover Girl Lash Blast waterproof just fine. Have you tried Almay?
Post # 7
@BruinBeeMPH: Ouch! Does any of the mascara end up touching your lid? Meaning…when you put it on and swipe the wand through your lashes, do you touch the skin at the base of your lashes? My sister used to get irritation from the mascara touching her skin. If it was only on her lashes and there was no skin contact, she was okay. I would definitely get it checked out though, better to be safe than sorry. Hope it feels better soon!
Post # 8
@BruinBeeMPH: has this ever happened before? did you change out any other makeup recently; eyeshadow, liner, foundation?
what about your face cream/moisturizer or eye cream? is this a new product for you? also, check the expiry date.
what are you doing differently?
definitely go to the doctor. in the meantime, stop wearing eye makeup until you can narrow down the culprit.
Post # 9
@BruinBeeMPH: This happens to me towards the end of the day if I have had mascara on since the morning. Usually I find waterproof masacara irritates my eyes less but the burning still occurs just on a lesser scale. Instead of putting on mascara in the morning, I just duck into the restroom mid-day to apply it.
Post # 10
See your doctor, but also try Neutrogena or Clinique.
Post # 11
Stop wearing it!
I have super sensitive skin and eyes and Clinique has never bothered me.
Post # 12
I honestly can’t think of anything I’m doing differently. I love to try new make up and I’ve never had anything like this happen in all the years I’ve been wearing it. I am definitely sensitive to certain cleansers/moisturizers and I have been my whole life. Even some of the ones designed for “sensitive skin” like Neutrogena and Aveeno will light my face on invisible fire. I made the mistake of borrowing my friend’s Proactive cream once and I broke out in a rash for about 10 days.
Lately I’ve been trying to wear minimal makeup to try to prevent from breakouts from irritation, so I’ve just been wearing mascara, eyeliner, and brow powder. I eliminated the eyeliner a couple of days ago so I know that isn’t the culprit. All three mascaras have caused the same burning reaction so it’s definitely something about the mascara.
Today I’m taking Tropicalfish’s advice and I was very careful in not getting any mascara near the base of my lashes. So far, so good. It’s usually around 2-3pm that I start feeling signs of irritation, so I will see how the day goes.
I googled “Hypoallergenic mascara” and several sites recommended Clinique, Neutrogena, and Almay. I have used Clinque before without incident but ever since they discontinued Long Pretty Lashes, I’ve used other brands. I occasionally react poorly to Neutrogena products and I have no experience with Almay so if I do try a new mascara, it’ll probably be Clinique. I’d hate to waste money on anything when I have three newish mascaras lying around (they’re definitely not expired).
I will go to the doctor for sure if I can’t fix the problem myself. I’m almost enjoying this opportunity to solve a mystery haha. Save for the part where my eyes feel like they’re on fire.
Post # 13
@BruinBeeMPH: I’ve never had a problem with mascaras except from MaxFactor, yet in the last few weeks I’ve experienced something similar to you (I use Clinique). It begins with a sting and then it increases until I’m this crying mess. However, I’ve noticed that it mostly happens when I’m outdoors. My theory at the moment is that it’s a combination of:
1) Me getting mascara on the inner lid
2) Developing a slight sensitivity to pollen
3) This makes my eyes tear up a little, bringing the mascara into the eye – and BOOM, pain!
Have you noticed if the burning happens when you’re outdoors? If so, try to take an antihistamine to see if it helps!
Post # 14
Please get seen by a doctor before anything. Also, throw out your used mascara 2 months after opening to avoid eye infection.
The only mascara that does not bother me is d.j.v. beautenizer Fiberwig LX. It is also one of the very few that does not give me racoon eyes so that might have to do with that. You can get it in Sephora but it’s currently out of stock.
I hope you figure this out soon!
Post # 15
@eocenia: that is a legit possibility! I have noticed that it happens when I go outside but I always attributed the problem to my eyes watering from the bright sun, getting mascara in my eye and exacerbating the problem. I don’t have any environmental allergies that I know of and I hope I haven’t developed any! I’ve teared up a couple of times today, from the sun and also from a heartwarming Yahoo article haha. It’s almost lunch time and still no burning!
@vitaminC: honestly my mascara isn’t old! The L’Oreal one was purchased to replace the Cover Girl one about 3 weeks ago when I first started noticing signs of irritation. I did think that it was possible that the CG one was irritating me because it was old so I threw it away. The Benefit one is brand new. My brother got a sample for buying cologne at Sepora (why they gave him a mascara sample is completely beyond me). He got it a couple weeks ago and I’ve only used it twice. Never heard of the mascara you recommended before but I’ll check it out on Sephora now!
Post # 16
@BruinBeeMPH: I don’t have any allergies that I know of either, but it’s the only solution I’ve been able to come up with. When I read your post it felt like reading something I could have written myself!
Perhaps the solution is to use waterproof mascara for a few weeks to see if that helps?