(Closed) My mascara is burning the crap out of my eyes.

posted 4 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
23789 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@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
440 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Lily Lolo mascara is the only thing I can use on my very sensitive eyes, but everyone’s so different!

Post # 5
794 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

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
11239 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I have super sensitive eyes (and wear contacts) and can wear Cover Girl Lash Blast waterproof just fine. Have you tried Almay?

Post # 7
194 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@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
11284 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@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
2254 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@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
1155 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

See your doctor, but also try Neutrogena or Clinique.

Post # 11
3697 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Stop wearing it!

I have super sensitive skin and eyes and Clinique has never bothered me. 

Post # 13
3041 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@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
6 posts


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 # 16
3041 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@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?

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