Bloggerel: random thoughts on a dry eye journey
Serendipity and eye makeup removal
by, 03-Dec-2011 at 09:07 (1902 Views)
This post was originally about the joy of having discovered olive oil for removing eye makeup. When I first started using it, I found the olive oil (besides taking off my eye makeup brilliantly) increased the moisture in my eyes during the day because it appeared to partially, or completely, block the tear duct in the inner corner of the eye, similar to the effect of a punctal plug.
Unfortunately, after a few weeks of using it, my eyes became progressively drier during the daytime, requiring extensive use of artificial tears and goggles to try to mitigate the problem. I suspect that the olive oil started interfering with tear production or distribution on the surface of the eye, even though I tried to rinse my eyes with sterilized saline after using it to remove any excess.
I discontinued the olive oil and started using a gentle, rinse-off cleanser to clean my face and remove eye makeup. Within a couple of days, my eyes are returning to normal and I am feeling significantly better. (I am making all my own haircare and skincare products these days, which is great fun. This recipe I am using is the Sunflower Cleansing Cream in "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Making Natural Beauty Products," and it works really well.)