People who wear eye makeup at work or school are less prone to developing eye infections, a new study finds.
The findings may help to explain why wearing makeup at home is not always a good idea.
In a study published online in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, researchers found that while women who regularly wear makeup at the office are more likely to have eye infections compared with those who don’t, they were more likely than women who donned makeup at other times to have skin lesions and eczema.
The study is the first to show that the effect is not just cosmetic, the researchers say.
The study is a collaboration between the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the University of California at San Francisco.
Researchers tested for signs of infection in more than 2,000 people ages 18 to 65 who were surveyed for their annual skin and eye exam, and the researchers looked at how often the subjects had worn makeup and what makeup they used.
Among the findings: Women who wore makeup at least once a week were more than twice as likely to develop eczematous skin lesions as women who didn’t.
They were also more likely as a group to report having skin lesions on their face, hands and face.
Women who wore face makeup, however, were less likely than other women to have eczemic skin lesions.
And women who used face makeup were less than half as likely as women not to have any skin lesions compared with the other groups.
“I don’t think this study really speaks to the potential impact of cosmetics on skin and skin disease,” said Elizabeth Tisch, an assistant professor of dermatology at the University at Albany, who was not involved in the study.
Even if cosmetics help prevent infections, she said, it’s not clear that wearing makeup to the office will help prevent the spread of infections.
“There’s no evidence that wearing cosmetics helps prevent skin infections,” Tisch said.
“This is really a study of what happens in the lab and the field.”
The study was funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and research was supported by grants from the National Science Foundation.
It was also supported by the American Foundation for Cancer Research, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the California Department of Public Health and Welfare and the National Foundation for Research Resources.
About this studyThe study was a collaboration of researchers from the Centers on Disease Control, the Department of Health and Human Services, the University and the Department on Aging at the Centers of Disease Control.
This is the latest study to look at the relationship between the makeup we wear and the likelihood of developing skin infections.
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