FDA Regulation to Eyelashes

FDA considers false eyelashes, eyelash extensions, and adhesives to be cosmetic products, and as such they must adhere to the safety and labeling requirements for cosmetics. False eyelashes and eyelash extensions require adhesives to hold them in place. Remember that the eyelids are delicate, and an allergic reaction, irritation, or other injuries in the eye area can be particularly troublesome. Check the ingredients before using these adhesives.

Safety Checklist

If you use eyelashes or eyelashes extensions, FDA urges you to follow these safety tips:

  • If any eye cosmetic causes irritation, stop using it immediately. If irritation persists, see a doctor.

  • Avoid using eye cosmetics if you have an eye infection or the skin around the eye is inflamed. Wait until the area is healed. Discard any eye cosmetics you were using when you got the infection.

  • Wash your hands before applying eye cosmetics.  Be aware that there are bacteria on your hands that, if placed in the eye, could cause infections.

  • Make sure that any instrument you place in the eye area is clean. Before applying your eyelashes, take time to disinfect all your utensils like tweezers, curlers, etc.

  • Don't share your cosmetics. Another person's bacteria may be hazardous to you.

  • Don't allow cosmetics to become covered with dust or contaminated with dirt or soil. Keep containers clean. After use, your eyelashes must be stored in its original packaging. Keep your storage box clean and closed.

  • Don't use old containers of eye cosmetics. Manufacturers usually recommend discarding mascara two to four months after purchase.

  • Discard dried-up mascara. Don't add saliva or water to moisten it. The bacteria from your mouth may grow in the mascara and cause infection. Adding water may introduce bacteria and will dilute the preservative that is intended to protect against microbial growth.

  • Don't store cosmetics at temperatures above 85 degrees F. Cosmetics held for long periods in hot cars, for example, are more susceptible to deterioration of the preservative.

  • Never apply or remove eye cosmetics in a moving vehicle. When applying or removing eye cosmetics, be careful not to scratch the eyeball or other sensitive areas.

  • Don't use any cosmetics near your eyes unless they are intended specifically for that use. For instance, don't use a lip liner as an eyeliner. You may be exposing your eyes to contamination from your mouth, or to color additives that are not approved for use in the area of the eye.

  • Avoid color additives that are not approved for use in the area of the eye, such as "permanent" eyelash tints and kohl. Be especially careful to keep kohl away from children, since reports have linked it to lead poisoning.

Enjoy your Eyelashes like a Queen.