NORTH MIAMI (CBS4) – It’s a daily staple for many South Florida women, but can mascara cause problems when it comes to your health?
CBS4’s Cynthia Demos hit the streets of North Miami and spoke to women about mascara and the mysterious ingredients.READ MORE: ‘This Is Not Acceptable’: North Miami Councilwoman Upset Over Images Of Border Patrol Agents With Whips Chasing Down Haitian Migrants
She told them if they knew there was an ingredient in the mascara that could throw off an MRI.
“Really, how?” exclaimed Lucy Jelinek of North Miami.
It’s called iron oxide, an ingredient in mascara that can create a dark blotch in an MRI. It can make doctors think you have melanoma.
Julinek said, “It’s scary but good to know so you can watch out.”READ MORE: Florida Revised COVID-19 School Rule Short Circuits Legal Challenge By Five School Districts
The ingredient is there for pigmentation and to make your lashes shiny. But is this something to be seriously concerned with?
“You know when you look at the ingredients on food it’s a little weird cause they are 70 letters long and it’s the same thing with your make-up but usually you never look at the ingredients unless you have a problem. With the breakdown of iron oxide and how it affects the magnetic field in MRI’s for some there is a problem,” said Dermatologist Dr. Andrea Trowers.
Dr. Trowers added, “the patients who need to be concerned are the people with eyeliner or eyeshadow tattoos.”
For the majority of women who just wear regular mascara it’s not a major concern said Dr. Trowers.
She said, “I think if you wear mascara with iron oxide this is not a valid concern to have.”MORE NEWS: Texas-Style Abortion Bill Filed In Florida
In extremely rare cases people have been allergic to iron oxide.