Is there a mascara secret that I'm just not in on?
June 3, 2014 1:43 PM Subscribe
I made it through most of my 37 years without wearing make-up. I also made it through most of my 37 years without ever getting a stye.
posted by tentacle to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (26 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
About a year ago, I decided it would be fun to experiment with enhancing my god-given qualities, and explore the realm of wearing make-up. I started wearing a little (eyeshadow, mascara, occasionally eyeliner) to go out on Saturday nights, maybe 2-3x/month. All products were drugstore brand - L'Oreal, Revlon. I always washed it off before bed, although sometimes I noted a little residual the next morning.
Since I started doing this (again, 1 year ago), I have endured FOUR styes (thankfully sequential, not concurrent). One of them needed surgical removal after turning into a chalazion. They have hit me in both eyes, one on the upper lid, the others on the lower.
I have narrowed the problem down to the use of mascara. I have used three different mascaras in this 1-year period - thinking bacteria build-up could be a culprit - and have gotten styes after use of each, sometimes after only 2 or 3 uses of the bottle. After the second stye, I started using special eye-makeup removal pads instead of just washing with soap, hoping that a gentler cleansing routine would make the difference. The styes continued. I also tried applying the mascara to just the top lashes. The styes continued.
I like to think that I am of average to above-average personal hygiene (then again, don't we all). However, it appears that I must be doing SOMETHING wrong here - YouTube beauty videos are filled with women whose daily routine includes wearing what appears to be 3 inches of mascara +/- false eyelashes and THEY are not getting repulsive styes every few months!!
I have pitched all my mascaras at this point, because the ROI is just not worth it. But I am plagued with the sense that I am somehow missing some secret knowledge that women everywhere, except me, are privy to.
Are there others out there with a similar problem? Is it an issue with technique? Product? God forbid, hygiene? Are my eyelid glands just THAT sensitive? Should I just give up the dream?