Tantejoan here, subbing for our Drugstore Deals Diva, Gigi. Today I’d like to tell you about a remedy for a disease you may not know you have: Blepharitis. Sounds funny, doesn’t it? When my ophthalmologist told me, years ago, that I had it, I blurted, “You’re making that up, aren’t you?” It just sounds so bogus, like Movie Star Disease, that killer that polished off Ali McGraw in “Love Story.” But blepharitis is real, and actually a very common ailment suffered by girls and women. It is a disease of the tiny oil glands at the base of the eyelashes, called blephs, causing inflammation, swelling and redness that many women assume is pinkeye. Blepharitis is easily treated, and once relieved, it is almost 100% preventable.
What causes it? Improper or incomplete removal of eye makeup is the primary cause of blepharitis, and careful cleansing of the residue from mascara and eyeliner is the remedy. There are two easy ways to ensure that all makeup is cleaned, both easily available at your local drugstore.
The First: make a solution of ten drops of baby shampoo in a squeeze bottle filled with 3 ounces of water. Shake and then drop onto the end of a cotton swab and scrub the base of each eyelid. Use a new swab for each eye. You will be surprised at how much product is still left on your lashes, and how easily this final step will ward off future infections.
The Second Method: especially well-suited for those who travel or do new make-ups on the fly at the end of your office day, is a fantastic product called Eye-Scrub. Packaged in boxes of 30 individually-wrapped, sterile, single-use packets, Eye-Scrub removes all of your eye makeup in one refreshing step, and enables you to scrub away those pesky infection-causing remnants of mascara or eyelash glue. They are also wonderful for getting through airport security checks without taking up precious space in those little zip-lock baggies — space needed for your creams and lotions. Tiny and spill-proof, several thin little packets can slip into even the tiniest of evening bags for ladies room clean-ups, too. I find them useful at weddings, when I tear up before the organ begins to play.
Eye-scrubs are hypoallergenic, will not irritate even the most sensitive skin, and are fragrance-free. I have been using them, in combination with my baby shampoo home mixture, for the past 15 years, and since adopting them into my regular cleansing routine I have never had a flare-up of the disease with the funny name and the painful symptoms. Not once. To borrow Martha’s phrase, it’s a very Good Thing.
ANYONE ELSE OUT THERE DIAGNOSED WITH BLEPHARITIS-WHAT!?! HAVE YOU USED EYE-SCRUBS?
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