Face wash and stinging in eyes, even without contact??

edited June 2019 in General
I just made a surfactant face wash and I used it for a few days without incident, but on the fourth day I noticed that my eyes are burning for a prolonged period throughout the day/night after washing my face.

The feeling arises about 5-10 mins after washing and lasts like 12 hours. There is no visual redness or irritation to be seen, but my eyes are stinging all day. 

Now the thing is, I am absolutely certain that I didn’t get the product into my eyes. Especially because, after I noticed this feeling for the first time, I made sure to watch carefully to see if I tended to get any soap in my eyes during cleansing. 

I rinse the soap off very well with my eyes shut tight. I am washing with luke-warm water. The weather isn’t any more dry than usual. I’ve also never experienced “dry eyes” (medical condition) in my life. I have not changed any of the other cosmetic products I am (and have been) using on my face.

As well, it seems unlikely to me that my tears wouldn’t rinse away any irritation from soap (if it was getting in my eyes) eventually, but I’ve never had this feeling in my eyes before in my life and the only thing that has changed is using the soap. So... 

Is it even possible that the soap could somehow be causing irritation to my eyes without coming in direct contact? If so, by which method? Are there micro-droplets or vapours that could be generated? 

Face Wash Formula

Distilled Water - 75.2%
Vegetable Glycerin - 5%
Coco-Glucoside - 10%
Sodium Cocoyl Glycinate - 5%
Sclerotium Gum - 0.8%
Leucidal SF Complete - 4%

pH 5.5


  • MarkBroussardMarkBroussard Member, Professional Chemist
    Sounds like you may be allergic to one of the ingredients.  Do a knock-out experiment with the Coco Glucoside, SCC and Leucidal to see if you can figure out which ingredient is causing the problem.  If that does not work, then it may be a combination of ingredients.
    Chemist/Microbiologist formulating in the Organic & Naturals arena under ECOCert/Natural Products Assn/Whole Foods/National Organic Program guidelines focused skincare & haircare products. 

    See website for details www.desertinbloomcosmeticslab.com
  • MJLMJL Member
    Thank you @MarkBroussard
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