Why it’s important to wash off your makeup before bed

by Lance Kugler, MD

Typically when women wash their face, one of the most sensitive but neglected parts are the eyes. It’s easy to avoid scrubbing thoroughly or using the right makeup remover, especially on a late night when you’re exhausted and all you want to do is go to sleep. However, not washing your makeup properly can become a bad habit leading to eye infections and poor skin. Learn why it’s important to wash off your makeup before bed. Here are a few ways that you could get an infection from not washing off your eye makeup properly before bed:

  • Makeup residue on your pillow or bed sheet that can build overtime and create bacteria
  • Eye shadow or liner going into the tear duct area causing irritation
  • Skin cells not being able to rejuvenate around the eye area if there is a layer of concealer; this could lead to dark circles and bags under the eyes
  • Having an allergic reaction to a new product but not noticing it right away
  • Mascara left on your eyelashes overnight can dry them out and cause them to become thinner overtime and fall out

Any or all of the above can turn a minor problem into something more severe and maybe even dangerous. That is why we always tell our patients that it’s important to remove all makeup every night before going to sleep. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Lance Kugler, MD at Kugler Vision and we will be happy to assist you.

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Lance Kugler, MD, is a specialist in LASIK and vision correction surgery and CEO of Kugler Vision. A proud Omaha native, he is passionate about improving lives through clear vision. Dr. Kugler serves on several national boards, and his practice is recognized internationally as a center of excellence. Dr. Kugler is one of the original founders of the Refractive Surgery Alliance, an international organization comprised of over 350 of the world’s leading vision correction surgeons; he also served as its first president. In 2019, Dr. Kugler was selected as a TEDx speaker, and delivered a talk in Omaha about the worldwide epidemic of nearsightedness and refractive solutions. Dr. Kugler is an Associate Professor of Refractive Surgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Truhlsen Eye Institute, has been published in many medical journals, and participates in numerous clinical studies to advance the field of vision correction surgery. Dr. Kugler and his wife are proud parents to five active kids. When he has a spare moment, he enjoys skiing, tennis, travel, and fine coffee.

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