Share your mascara and you could be sharing eyelash mites


You are hanging with your BFF talking about makeup and boys. Then you see that she has that new mascara you have been dying to try. So you pop the tube open and brush a little on your lashes.  She is your BFF.  You share everything, clothes, shoes and accessories. She doesn’t look sick. It is just mascara. No big deal, right? WRONG! When you share makeup, you may be getting more than you bargain for.  Sharing mascara can spread a variety of diseases, like staph infection and pink eye, but did you know you could also be sharing eyelash mites as well?

According to
50% of adults have eyelash mites.   “Mascara is a breeding ground for those mites and they begin to grow…. There is subtle itching and the eyelashes begin to fall out, so don’t write off losing your eyelashes to old age” says Dr. Oz.

According to, eyelash mites are also one cause of Blepharitis, which occurs when tiny oil glands located near the base of the eyelashes malfunction. Blepharitis is often a chronic condition, meaning that it may require long-term care.

Bottom line? We know you like your friends, but don’t share mascara. You only have one set of beautiful eyes, it’s not worth it.

Check out Dr. Oz’s How-To Beauty School for more information about healthy eyes & eye makeup.

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