Like false nails and well-penciled eyebrows, eyelash extensions have become an essential in the beauty rituals of many modern women.
These extensions seem very practical, because they create the illusion of glistening lashes floating above enormous Hollywood star eyes, and this, without having to resort to mascara.
However, this beauty practice has significant disadvantages. Among other things, risks related to hygiene have been identified and they could make you visit the beauty salon a lot less after reading this...
Indeed, optometrists have reported an increase in incidents of eyelash lice, known in the medical world by the term "demodex". This may be related to the fact that some consumers neglect to clean their extensions, which can lead to the build-up of bacteria.
Symptoms of demodex include itching, redness and inflammation. Like common lice, eyelash lice live on fat hair follicles and can be transferred from one person to another by jumping. Yuck!
Dr. Sairah Malik told ABC7 that the accumulation of bacteria could be attributed to poor hygiene.
"Generally, when people have eyelash extensions, they are afraid to touch or wash them because they fear that the eyelashes will fall."
Sairah Malik told the network that it's essential to keep your eyelids clean when using eyelash extensions. She recommends using a tea tree oil based cleanser because it contains antibacterial properties and is a popular treatment for hair, skin and nails. She also advises users to make sure to give breaks to their eyelids after using extensions.
Last year, Ashley shared her demodex story on social media, warning other eyelash extensions users. She said she woke up one morning with swollen and irritated eyes after having had several eyelash extensions put on over a period of time. It's Dr. Keshini Parbhu, from the Dry Eye Help Center at the Orlando Eye Institute, who found live lice on her eyelashes after a microscopic examination.
Although they may end up anywhere on the body, the lice tend to move towards the eyelashes and eyebrows. You should know that their overpopulation could lead to infection...
So, ladies, if you still decide to have fake eyelashes put on, be careful about your eyelid hygiene!
Because healthy eyes are priceless ...
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