Synthetic Eye Care Products that Could Harm Your Eyes

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires that eyecare medications work effectively in reducing a person’s symptoms before they will approve of the medication.

Various cosmetics (in opposition to FDA approved medication) that a person uses around their eyes, however, are not held to this standard.

Many beauty products contain chemicals that, if absorbed by the body, can have irritative effects.

It is important to understand that the FDA classifies cosmetics as products that are designed to be introduced into, poured, sprayed on, sprinkled, or rubbed on your body. If a product is classified as a cosmetic, the FDA requires that the product ingredients be declared in descending order of predominance.

The FDA prohibits 11 different types of chemicals from being used in cosmetics.

Determining if cosmetics can be used safely, however, can prove to be challenging.

To make sure that you are using the proper cosmetics, it is important to learn some important information about products that can be particularly damaging to your eyes. Some of the more common negative side effects include eye irritation.


Botox is a neuromuscular blocking agent that is injected into the wrinkles on a person’s face (including the area around their eyes).

Marketed under the names of ‘Botox’ and others, Botulinum toxin (BTX) can be particularly helpful in reducing the effects of dry eyes.

Acetyl-hexapeptide 3 is a peptide that is produced by the Botulinum toxin, and is sometimes marketed alone as an over the counter product that contains Botox-like properties. Acetyl-hexapeptide 3, however, can weaken a person’s orbicularis muscles, which are the muscles that close a person’s eyelids.

By weakening the eye’s ability to blink, it becomes difficult for the eyes to lubricate themselves, and as a result, the potential for dry eyes increases significantly.

Therefore, it is important for people considering Botox to understand some of the ocular risks associated with the procedure.


Many different types of topical creams, cosmetics, and personal beauty products contain formalin and formaldehyde as active ingredients.

Formalin and formaldehyde can irritate a person’s eyes and mucous membranes, which often results in eye irritation. Formaldehyde, however, is not required to be listed on a product’s ingredients because formaldehyde is sometimes released by substances in a product.

When a product is formulated with formaldehyde as a byproduct, the company is not obligated to list it as an ingredient.

Damage to the surface to a person’s eyes can also happen because these products limit the amount of tear production.


Parabens are a type of preservative found in a large number of cosmetic products and are helpful in preventing the growth of harmful bacteria and mold.

Despite these benefits, parabens are absorbed through a person’s skin and easily transmitted into the bloodstream, making them hazardous to one’s health. Parabens that come into contact with a person’s eyes can prohibit oil glands in the eyes from secreting a sufficient amount of oil.

It is very important for people to avoid using any beauty product that lists parabens in its ingredients.


Phenoxyethanol is used by a large number of companies as an alternative to parabens.

The ingredient often results in cosmetics giving off a strong rose-like smell.

The ingredient, however, can seriously harm the eyes of users. Phenoxyethanol breaks down into phenol and acetaldehyde. Phenol is particularly harmful and can disable the immune system’s response abilities.

Acetaldehyde is also harmful because it is a suspected carcinogen that can seriously irritate a person’s eyes.

Sodium Laureth Sulfates

Sodium Laureth Sulfates are found in a large number of cosmetic products that have cleaning agents in them, but the use of this product can remove critical oils from a person’s eyelids which can result in eye damage.

More specifically, sodium laureth sulfate has been shown to cause cataracts in adults as well to prohibit the proper formation of eyesight in small children.

Because this ingredient is found in a large number of skin conditioners, it is very important for users to read a product’s list of components to make sure that it does not contain sodium laureth sulfate.

A Special Note About Buzzwords

In addition to these various products, consumers also need to be careful about certain labels that products might contain.

Words like hypoallergenic, herbal, vegan, and organic are not required to satisfy any type of federal standard prior to their placement on a product.

As a result, while these labels might appear attractive to users, it is important to understand that they do not promise that products are completely free of any type of ingredients.

Reduce Eye Irritation With Cliradex Products

Reduce Eye Irritation With Cliradex Products

If you experience eyelid irritation or redness from the use of a cosmetic, it is important to have products on hand that can reduce these symptoms.

Cliradex eyelid cleansers can be particularly helpful in reducing these. Both our towelettes and Cliradex Light have been hailed for their natural ingredients, which include the revolutionary 4-Terpineol.

Our products also are particularly helpful in deep cleaning and are capable of removing products that might become deeply embedded in a person’s eyes.