The Big 12

An American woman on average uses 12 personal care products per day, as per the Breast Cancer Fund. These personal care products don't go through the same rigorous process to prove safety and efficacy as would medications. In this post, we wanted to bring attention to some of the ingredients to watch out for when purchasing new eye beauty products.

Benzalkonium Chloride (BAK)



Parabens (Benzoic Acid)

Isopropyl Cloprosenate

Formaldehyde + Formaldehyde Donors


Butylene Glycol

Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA)




A lot of these ingredients are ocular irritants, can damage the eye's surface, and potentially cause damage to the glands that produce tears. Ultimately it is our goal to help you look and feel great while continuing to preserve the health of your ocular surface. In a later post, we will include a more exhaustive list of ingredients, and how they can impact the ocular surface.

A big thanks to Dr. Angel Husher, who has rigorously researched and compiled this information.

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