We Love Eyes for MEN Tea Tree Cleansing Oil Product Page 

Includes Dr. Tanya Gill's personal notes and technical Q&A. For professional use only.

Concerns & Considerations

In 2018, I created We Love Eyes for MEN Tea Tree Eyelid & Eyelash Cleansing Oil (CO MEN) as an educational opportunity to talk about eyelid hygiene with men. Paired with We Love Eyes for MEN Tea Tree Eyelid & Eyelash Foaming Cleaner (LFC MEN), this powerful 2-step system was the first of its kind commercially marketed and available for just men. Designed to improve the appearance of the eyes and eyelid margins, CO MEN has been received with tremendous success.


Some background. In 2014 I formulated We Love Eyes Eyelid & Eyelash Makeup Remover Oil (MRO). I was recommending MRO to female patients to remove eye makeup, but soon discovered that it was appropriate and helpful for blepharitis, dry eye, and demodex symptoms. I increased the concentration of tea tree oil to increase cleansing benefits. 


Here is a short list of attributes for a potential eyelid scrub product:

  • improves the appearance of the eyes and eyelids
  • eyes feel whiter, more invigorated, more clean
  • stronger concentration of tea tree oil that MRO
  • address common symptoms that effect eyelids and eyelashes
  • healthy for meibomian glands and tear film
  • preservative free
  • vegan / cruelty free
  • gluten free (in case of ingestion while washing face)
  • effective on water proof eye makeup
  • non-irritating
  • addresses allergy concerns 

CO MEN Directions for Eyecare Professional Use

1. DOSING

CO MEN should be used before bedtime as an eyelid scrub as part of the patient's cleansing routine. If an eye condition is being treated under the supervision of an optometrist, CO MEN can be used to replace the old-fashioned baby shampoo & hot compress (ineffective in my practice).

2. BLURRING OF VISION

CO MEN has been safety tested at an FDA approved laboratory to be non-irritating to the eyes and has also passed the allergy response Repeat Insult Patch Test. If CO MEN gets into the eyes, it will not harm the eyes, but it will blur the vision depending on the quantity that has entered the tear film.

3. APPLICATION

Dispense 1-2 drops on a q-tip and gently scrub eyelid margins. Clean fingertips can also be used, but the q-tip technique works best unless there is a dexterity concern. Use the side of the q-tip, not the tip of the q-tip when scrubbing the eyelids. Use a different tip of the q-tip for each eyelid. Contact lenses should be removed before use of CO MEN.

4. DURATION OF USE

Use this daily as part of your cleansing routine. If you are having an eye condition that requires an eye doctor, please contact them immediately as CO MEN is a cosmetic product and not designed to replace prescription treatment. 

5. CONCENTRATION OF TEA TREE OIL

The concentration of tea tree oil (TTO) that is in the final commercially available Eye Makeup Remover Oil is less than 1%. The concentration of the Cleansing Oil for MEN is double that. 

1. Tea Tree Oil

Explanation of Key Ingredients

2. Grapeseed Oil

3. Organic Jojoba Oil

Essential oil; anti-fungal; anti-bacterial; antiseptic; anti-inflammatory. Keeps meibomian glands and eyelash follicles clean to promote healthy eyelid margins.

Rich in linoleum acid; acts as an emollient and lubricant; antioxidant. Provides wound healing support and is a matrix metalloproteinases (MMP) inhibitor which supports epithelium & meibomian gland health.

Moisturizing; reconditions the skin; balances oil production; provides barrier protection; tocopherol (Vitamin E) content for antioxidant activity; anti-bacterial. Protects and repairs epithelium and smooths fine lines and wrinkles.

AN IDEAL EYELID SCRUB FOR MEN

1. OIL BASED WORKS BETTER ON WAXY DEBRIS

One common blepharitis sign is sticky, waxy debris on the eyelid margin. Water based solutions such as baby shampoo are hydrophilic which are not effective when trying to clean something that is hydrophobic (sticky, waxy debris). Utilizing a q-tip adds the element of elbow grease to physically remove what the cleaning oil is already loosening.

2. PRESERVATIVE FREE

Preservatives in baby shampoo and other eyelid scrub products on the market are known to cause skin irritation. CO MEN is preservative free with allows eyelid scrubs with no concern for dermatitis from harsh preservatives.

3. INVIGORATES WITHOUT STRIPPING NATURAL OILS

Soap is a surfactant – a type of detergent for cleaning. Common surfactants in other eyelid scrubs on the market are known to cause skin irritation such as the anionic sodium laurel sulfate (SLS). SLS strips away the natural oils of the eyelids which are already prone to dryness since the epithelium of the eyelid is comparatively thinner than the rest of the body.

4. NOBODY DOES HOT COMPRESSES

Hot compresses do work, but the compliance with hot compresses is pretty abysmal. Because of this, the eyelid scrub component to eyelid hygiene is significant in providing improved outcomes. An ideal eyelid hygiene product would be preservative and surfactant free but still provide effective cleansing.

5. TEA TREE OIL BENEFITS

Tea tree oil is an essential oil that is naturally anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory. It keeps meibomian glands and eyelash follicles clean to promote healthy eyelid margins. 

Technical Q & A

Answers provided for professional purposes only by Dr. Tanya Gill, OD

Dr Gill: The concentration of tea tree oil in the cleansing oil MEN is stronger for an enhanced cleansing.

Q: What is the difference between the eye makeup remover oil and cleansing oil?

Q: How long does this product last?

Dr Gill: Depends on how much is used, but in general 2-4 months.

Q: Can I use this product for styes?

Dr Gill: If you have a stye and you would like to clean the eyelid margin where the stye is, CO MEN is an excellent product to do that. Any stye should be under the care of an optometrist to prevent a dangerous condition called preseptal cellulitis. The stye in the same gland of the eyelid should be under the care of an optometrist to be evaluated for a carcinoma.

Q: What skin type is this best suited for?

Dr Gill: It is suited for all skin types and should be followed We Love Eyes Tea Tree Eyelid & Eyelash Foaming Cleanser (LFC) to wash away oily and remaining residue. The organic jojoba oil in CO MEN was thoughtfully selected since jojoba naturally matches the sebum of the skin and keeps it in balance. Jojoba oil is also a botanical oil for acne-prone skin.

Q: My eyelids got red and swollen after using this. Is this an allergy?

Dr Gill: Possibly. 2% of the population in the USA is allergic to tea tree oil (TTO). I have my patients perform a patch test on their wrist to test for an allergic response. If a patient is allergic to TTO, they should not use any WLE products that contain TTO.

Q: Where should I store this?

Dr Gill: The best place would be in a cool, dry, dark place to prolong the efficacy of the the oils.

Dr Gill: The concentration of tea tree oil in MRO is less than 1% and it's double that for the cleansing oil MEN for enhanced cleaning. The concentration of TTO is the same in the original cleansing oil and cleansing oil for MEN.

Q: What is the concentration of tea tree oil in the eye makeup remover oil versus the cleansing oil for men?

Q: What is the shelf life of the cleansing oil for men?

Dr Gill: 12 months after opening. If water gets into the bottle, it must be discarded due to concern for bacterial, yeast and/or mold contamination.

Q:  My bottle froze. Is it still good to use?

Dr Gill: Thank you for this question. Yes, the bottle is still good to use. The product may become grainy because it was frozen and and thawed, but will not affect the cleansing benefits. 

Q:  What is the difference between cleansing oil and cleansing oil for men?

Dr Gill: There is no difference in the ingredients. The only difference is the box and label which provides an educational opportunity to talk about eyelid hygiene to men.

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