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What Happens If I Get Skin Bleaching Cream in My Eyes?

What Happens If I Get Skin Bleaching Cream in My Eyes?

Using bleaching agents is usually very easy, particularly if you invest in a high-quality product and if you are careful. However, there are times when things can go wrong. An example of this is the bleaching agent comes into contact with your eyes. It is important to know how to deal with this when it happens, so that you don’t end up panicking which could result in more harm than good.

How Bleaching Agents Can Affect Your Eyes

Bleaching agents contain several chemicals, including enzymes which reduce the production of melatonin, as well as chemicals which facilitate entry of the medication through the skin. This may be in combination of a wide array of binders and other chemicals depending on the brand you use.

Some of these agents have the effect of causing corneal irritation when they come into contact with the eye. This results in irritation of the skin, which is why it causes so much pain. In addition to that, some of the chemicals may outright damage the tissues within the eye. It is rare for one to lose sight on account of having a little skin bleach entering your eye, but there are circumstances where this can happen. This includes when you use bleaching agents which have very strong chemicals, and have a lot of the chemical in your eye.

Steps You Should Take When It Happens

Once the bleaching agent is in your eye, you would need to do the following:

  • Flush your eyes: Get some clean lukewarm water, and run it over the affected eye for at least 20 minutes. This is usually easy when the water comes from a tap, since you only need to put your eye in the stream of the flowing water. Having lukewarm running water running over your eyes might sound painful, but it usually isn’t. it’s important that this process be started as soon as possible so that the bleach can be removed before it causes damage. You don’t need to use your hands to do this; you can wash them with soap and water after you’ve flushed your eyes.
  • Remove your contacts: If you usually wear contact lenses, they typically come out when you flush your eyes. If this has not happened, you will need to remove them.
  • Get medical advice: Most of the time, flushing your eyes with clean water is enough to get rid of the bleaching agent and reduce the symptoms. However, if you still have severe pain, the next best step would be to seek emergency medical attention as soon as possible.

Preventing This from Occurring

Using the bleaching agent as advised is a good way to avoid some of it getting into your eye. When applying the bleach in areas around the eye, doing it in front of a mirror and using a finger is a good idea to avoid some of it straying into your eye. If you happen to use a runny bleaching agent, you can reduce the risk of it flowing into your eye by applying only small quantities above your eyes.