Blepharitis from eyelash extensions
How to treat blepharitis l lash extension
It’s essentially an infected eyelash follicle that’s been blocked. The natural lash follicle is blocked by sebum (oil), dead skin cells, and bacteria on the eyelid. The follicle mouth (at skin level) becomes inflamed and red over time. Natural lashes become thinner and sparse, resulting in large gaps between them.
Between the lashes, there are also tiny white flakes that imitate dandruff. Push the eyelid out to the side and spread the skin out to the side (as if you were applying eyeliner) to get a good look at the follicles. Raised, bumpy, and white skin will appear around the lashes.
Allergies typically appear 48 hours after eyelash extensions have been applied. The client may be allergic to either the Acrylic or Formaldehyde used in all eyelash extension glues. Bleph may be an existing or new condition that is aggravated by eyelash extensions, particularly if personal hygiene is neglected.
Blepharitis can be transferred from client to client, so as a stylist, the best thing you can do is teach your clients about these issues and how to care for their lashes, which involves washing them weekly. You should also keep your salon clean by sanitizing your tweezers and other tools after each customer. While our laws are less stringent in Australia, it is a good idea to develop the habit of using disposable tools as much as possible to avoid cross contamination. Using a fresh clean set of tweezers and a new drop of glue for each client is also a good idea to get into.
Can lash extensions cause blepharitis?
When your lash technician applies a strand of eyelash extensions to your natural lashes during the eyelash extension process, she does so 1-2 mm away from your lash line (applying lash glue directly to the skin may cause burns or glue allergy).
This space between your lash line and your lash extensions will absorb excess oil from your skin, makeup residue, and dirt over time, making your eyelash line more susceptible to bacterial growth.
That’s why using a lash cleanser on your lashes and eyelids on a daily basis is key.
These bacteria replicate over time and form a biofilm structure. If you don’t clean your eyelashes properly, this biofilm will quickly become a harmful environment, similar to plaque on your teeth!
Exotoxins are produced by bacteria in biofilms, which exacerbate inflammation of oil-secreting glands in the eyelids. This causes a swollen eyelid, as well as causing (and exacerbating) dry eye pain.
Woman’s eyelids glued shut after failed eyelash extensions
Individual synthetic extensions are added lash by lash to natural eyelashes in an eyelash extension procedure. Since they look more natural and last longer than other forms of false eyelashes, the technique is gaining popularity around the world. Consultations with ophthalmologic clinics and the National Consumer Affairs Center of Japan have increased each year, in part because a bonding agent (glue) containing organic substances is applied near the eyes. We looked into eye disorders caused by eyelash extensions in this research.
Between March 2007 and March 2010, 107 women (ages 21 to 52) who visited ophthalmologic clinics in Japan with reports of eye symptoms arising from eyelash extensions were retrospectively examined for ocular disorders. The patients have no previous history of eye problems. 42 of the patients were between the ages of 21 and 29, 44 were between the ages of 30 and 39, 19 were between the ages of 40 and 49, and two were between the ages of 50 and 60. Three glues were chemically tested for the presence of more than 70 substances believed to be ingredients, the ingredients of which were not disclosed.
We can be misled into believing that lash extensions + lash glue = allergic reaction when we hear reports in the news about bad reactions to lash extensions. However, the equation isn’t that simple. When delving into why someone had a reaction to lash therapy, there are a slew of things to consider. When you hear or read about someone having an allergic reaction to lash extensions, here is a list of questions to ask.
If artists share equipment without following proper sanitization and infection prevention protocols, an outbreak of pink eye or other infections may occur. Multiple clients with common symptoms, such as pink, irritated eyes, in a brief period of time describe these outbreaks.
Another infection that is widespread among clients who do not follow proper hygiene and aftercare is blepharitis. An overgrowth of bacteria throughout the lash line causes this disease, which is characterized by noticeable crusties across the lash line, redness, itchiness, and a gritty feeling in the eye, similar to sand in the eye, while blinking.