Tell Us: Have You Had a Bad Reaction to Makeup?

Many of you know that conventional products don’t come with expiry dates. We’ve always found that a little troubling since—much like food—these products go on and in our bodies by way of our skin. Given the weird things that can happen to chemicals and ingredients when they sit endlessly on a shelf, not to mention the germs and bacteria that can form over time, using really old makeup (whether it’s clean or not) is really a bad idea. But we’ve all done it.

Our internet pal Melissa Dahl is researching an article for Today.com about some of the dangers lurking in dirty, and old, cosmetics bag. So we’re crowd sourcing for her here, because we have the best readers—with the best stories! So tell us (and Melissa): Have you ever had a nasty reaction to your makeup? An eye infection? A rash? A mysterious growth, maybe?

We’re happy to report that many clean companies feature voluntary expiry dates. The industry loves to say that naturals aren’t safe because they don’t have all the nasty preservatives to keep them stable until the next millennium. To us that’s like arguing that marshmellows are better for you than tomatoes because they don’t go bad, or that this happy meal is healthier than food that rots when it’s supposed to. In other words, it’s total BS—an argument that only holds if you believe that cosmetics and food should last forever by design. We certainly don’t. What do you think?

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54 Responses to “Tell Us: Have You Had a Bad Reaction to Makeup?”
  1. Wendy Gergen says:

    I used Mary K lip gloss and my lips are like pealing on the edges, my lips are red with nothing on them and they tingel.

  2. Laura says:

    Almay eyeshadow.. but only certain colors caused a red painful flaky rash on my eyelids in the exact shape of how the color was applied!! Wet N Wild lip liner… but only on the top lip line… looked like a bad botox injection. Physicians formula eyeliner made eyes swell and itch. Avon shimmer liner made eyes water until it was practically all gone. Seriously!? These are SUPPOSED hypoallergenic!

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