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Is Permanent Eyeliner Safe for Eyes?

The idea of waking up everyday with perfectly made up eyes is a fantasy many women would love to achieve. Permanent eyeliner can seem like the perfect solution, but it needs to be a decision that focuses on appearance and safety. For example, describes Lacy Glatis who always wore black eyeliner, but felt pressed for time when preparing to go to work in the morning. For $150, she received a tattoo that gave her a similar look. But she had to be careful to choose a licensed professional and make sure she picked a color she would be happy with for years.

The good news is on the safety side, that the ink that’s used is regulated by the FDA. Ink that’s used in permanent makeup has to be approved for commercial use the same way other cosmetics do. The complication with regulations is that while many of the inks are regulated, they’re not regulated for use for injection into the skin. The tattooing itself is regulated locally.

When it comes to choosing a tattoo artist take great care in asking questions to verify you are dealing with a highly trained professional. For cleanliness concerns, ask about the sterilization process of the needles and whether the artist uses gloves every time. Also make sure how liquids are kept between customers. Always ask to see certifications for autoclave and sterilization. Never go to unlicensed tattoo artist.

Risks of permanent tattooing around the eyes include infection, allergic reactions to the ink and the development of growths such as granulomas, which are nodules the body grows around material it perceives as foreign. Always make sure you follow the tattoo artist’s instructions on keeping the area sterile and clean.

For cosmetic purposes, research the look you want and view photos of the artist’s work. Since your permanent eyeliner will be on your face for years before it fades, make sure you look at photos and bring in a picture with the shade you want.

Think carefully before getting any permanent makeup as it is a long-term commitment ascetically and could involve safety risks. When in doubt about your personal sensitivity to permanent makeup around your eyes, consider consulting your dermatologist, allergist, and eye doctor.