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Can I Apply Makeup if I Have Conjunctivitis?

By Mary Smith. Updated: January 16, 2017
Can I Apply Makeup if I Have Conjunctivitis?

Conjunctivitis is an inflammation or infection of the conjunctiva, the membrane covering the eyelid and the soft part of the eye. This is an eye condition which is very troublesome for the sufferer. Besides the application of specific treatments such as eye drops, you need to look after your eye hygiene in order to prevent any further irritation and to cure it. A question that many women wonder about when suffering from this condition is whether they can use makeup if they have conjunctivitis. If you also have questions about this issue, read this OneHowTo article to give the most appropriate response for your eye health.

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Symptoms of conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis can be one of three different types: viral, allergic, and bacterial. This will determine the course of treatment for curing it, so if you start to notice the presence of these symptoms listed below, it is best to consult your doctor. The signs that may suggest you are suffering from conjunctivitis are:

  • Redness in the eye.
  • Pain and discomfort in the eyes.
  • Itchy eyes.
  • Watering of the eyes.
  • Gritty feeling in the eyes.
  • Sensitivity to light.
  • Blurry vision.

If you want more details about this eye condition's recovery process, we recommend that you consult our article on how to treat conjunctivitis with home remedies.

Can I Apply Makeup if I Have Conjunctivitis? - Symptoms of conjunctivitis

Makeup, yes or no?

By following a specific care routine and paying attention to cleaning the eyes, it is possible for conjunctivitis to heal faster and for your eyes return to normal. This care includes avoiding wearing eye makeup whilst infection of the conjunctiva persists. Otherwise, the chemicals in cosmetics could further irritate the eyes upon contact which aggravates them and the conjunctivitis, and slows the healing process.

It is particularly advisable to avoid cosmetics like mascara, eyeliner and eye shadow, as all of these would worsen the irritation. Even so, if you want to make your face look better, you can apply a very small amount of concealer to the outer area of your eyes to hide the dark tone caused by the inflammation. Always avoiding coming into contact with the inside of the eye. Soften the lines with concealer towards the temple and also apply a little illuminator just underneath the arch of the eyebrow to give a touch of light so you look more beautiful.

In addition to this, it is important to avoid sharing your eye makeup products with anybody. If you do use them, you'll need to replace them for new ones when your conjunctivitis has been completely cured. In this way, you can avoid it from possibly spreading and being contagious.

Can I Apply Makeup if I Have Conjunctivitis? - Makeup, yes or no?

Tips to cure conjunctivitis

Specialists recommend that you don't wear makeup if you have conjunctivitis. However, if you use it, you should ensure that you apply eye drops and treatments prescribed by the doctor in order to improve the state of your eyes.

In addition to this, you'll need to clean your eyes properly every morning when you wake up by gently wiping a gauze soaked in previously boiled water. Then, you should apply a saline solution with a new gauze by wiping it from the tear duct area to the outside of the eye to remove any possible secretions there.

Likewise, when dealing with conjunctivitis, it is important to:

  • Wash your hands frequently, especially before touching your eyes
  • Avoid rubbing your eyes with your hands.
  • Do not share personal hygiene items such as towels, handkerchiefs, etc.
  • Change your pillowcase and sheets regularly.

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