Doctor reveals stomach-churning reason you should NEVER put eyeliner on your waterline
LIKE many teenagers, our first experience of makeup involved smearing black liner along our waterlines in an attempt to look like a 90s grunge chick.
But while we’ve may have moved onto something more subtle since then, we’d be lying if we said we didn’t wear some form of eyeliner on a daily basis – which is why this doctor’s terrifying warning has left us totally shaken.
2The patient had worn eyeliner daily since she was a teenagerCredit: TikTok/@bettervision2The beauty product had clogged her tearductCredit: TikTok/@bettervisionEarlier this month, optometrist Dr Brittani Carver-Schemper shared a stomach-churning video where she unclogged a patient’s tearducts.
In the viral TikTok, the expert, from North Carolina, explained: “This patient has worn eyeliner on her waterline since she was a teenager.
“The reason eye doctors do not recommend to wear eyeliner on your waterline is because there are specialised glands there that produce and excrete oil.”
The meibomian glands are responsible for producing the oil which then coats the surface of the eye.
When your eye is healthy, Dr Carver-Schemper says the secretion will have an “olive oil” texture.
But in this patient’s case, it instead resembled “toothpaste” thanks to her excessive eyeliner use.
She added: “That means these glands are obstructed and not producing healthy tears.”
Speaking to Insider, the expert said this can even affect your vision.
Dr Carver-Schemper continued: “Without good quality oil and healthy tears, we will develop dry-eye disease that could affect our vision and cause discomfort to our eyes.
Without good quality oil and healthy tears, we will develop dry-eye disease that could affect our vision and cause discomfort to our eyes.
“We need to avoid applying liquid or pencil eyeliner to that [waterline] area to keep our eyes healthy.”
And we’re not the only ones left mind-blown by the warning.
One joked: “BUT MY WATERLINE EYELINER IS MY WHOLE PERSONALITY!”
“This happened to me,” another added. “Ended up with a cyst on my eyelid that needed to be surgically removed.”
A third wrote: “Jesus Christ. My tears must be toxic then.”
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