Eyelash extensions are a great way to enhance your eye shape and take a break from mascara. But, before booking your lash appointment, know that maintenance and proper aftercare are the most important factors in getting long-lasting results.
If you neglect your lash extensions and decide not to clean them regularly, they can become a breeding ground for mites and bacteria, which can lead to more serious eye conditions.
Read this article to find out if you can get blepharitis from eyelash extensions, as well as our advice on prevention and treatment.
What Is Blepharitis?
Blepharitis is most commonly known as inflammation of the eyelids. It’s an eye condition characterized by swollen eyelids, irritation, redness, and itchiness.
There are 2 versions of this condition: anterior and posterior blepharitis, which can happen individually or in combination.
Anterior blepharitis affects only the outer part of your eyes and lash line. It happens as a result of bacteria buildup, dandruff, and the presence of mites along the lash line.
Posterior blepharitis affects the inner edge of the eyelid. This type of blepharitis occurs when the oil glands in your eyelids get clogged. Skin conditions like rosacea and dandruff can be the cause of posterior blepharitis.
Blepharitis is most often a chronic condition that’s not so easy to treat, especially when you have lash extensions. It can be quite uncomfortable, but it isn’t necessarily painful and it isn’t contagious.
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Can You Get Blepharitis from Eyelash Extensions?
Eyelash extensions don’t directly cause blepharitis, but improper aftercare does.
When your lash extensions are applied properly by an experienced lash technician, there is no worry about them causing blepharitis or other related issues.
It’s only when you go to an inexperienced tech or don’t follow the proper aftercare routine that complications like blepharitis may occur.
The Most Common Causes of Blepharitis
Blepharitis often happens because you have too much bacteria at the base of your eyelashes and on your eyelids. Let’s take a look at some of the most common causes of blepharitis:
1. Bacteria Buildup
High hygiene standards are crucial when applying eyelash extensions. Dirty and contaminated tools or unclean hands can introduce bacteria to the eyelids which can multiply and as a result cause eye infection and blepharitis.
2. Lash Mites
Blepharitis and lash mites, unfortunately, go hand in hand.
Lash mites are parasites that live in hair follicles and eat the dead skin cells and oils on the eyelids. They can provoke an allergic reaction which leads to flushed, itchy eyelids and worsen the symptoms of blepharitis.
3. Blocked or Irritated Oil Glands
Eyelash extensions are applied to your natural, individual eyelashes using a lash glue or lash adhesive.
If your extensions are applied by an inexperienced individual, the lash glue can end up on your skin, blocking the oil glands and causing blepharitis.
4. Allergic Reactions
Lash glues that emit high fumes can trigger blepharitis as an allergic reaction. Ask your technician if they have a low-fume option and request to do a patch test before the procedure to minimize the risk of an allergic reaction.
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How to Prevent Getting Blepharitis From Eyelash Extensions?
We can’t stress enough how much a proper cleaning and maintenance routine means for healthy, long-lasting lash extensions.
This will not only keep your lash extensions in good condition but also keep your eyelids and natural lashes clean and, most importantly, reduce the risk of bacterial infections.
Giving your lashes a nightly lash bath with a specialized lash foam cleanser is the best way to prevent blepharitis and keep lash mites at bay.
Only use specialized products so you don’t have to worry about the cleaning solution being too strong or breaking the bonds in the lash adhesive.
Here are some of our top product picks for proper lash extension aftercare:
How to Treat Blepharitis from Eyelash Extensions?
Blepharitis is a condition that doesn’t go away quickly so it is important to take the right steps when it comes to treating it. Here are our tips for treating blepharitis from eyelash extensions:
Book a Professional Lash Removal
The first thing to do when treating blepharitis is to remove your lash extensions.
Remember that removing lash extensions at home with Vaseline or natural oil is not an option here, so book an appointment with your lash tech to remove them safely.
Visit an Optometrist
Remember to also seek professional help and book an appointment with your optometrist, to get a definitive diagnosis and treatment plan.
The most common form of blepharitis relief is the BlephEx treatment. It’s a painless procedure performed in-office by your optometrist, which helps reduce or alleviate the symptoms of blepharitis.
BlephEx consists of removing excess bacteria along the lash line that cause inflammation, with a specialized handpiece that your optometrist carefully spins along the edge of the eyelids and lashes to scrub off sebum and oil buildup.
If needed, your optometrist might also prescribe some medication in the form of antibiotic ointment drops to reduce the symptoms of infection.
Final Thoughts on Blepharitis From Eyelash Extensions
Eyelash extensions are a popular treatment that can truly transform your look by giving your natural lashes the length, color, and volume you just can’t achieve with mascara and an eyelash curler.
In order to prevent eye conditions like blepharitis, you should first book an appointment with an experienced lash tech that knows the importance of using sterilized, good-quality equipment.
After the procedure, remember to stick to a nightly lash-cleaning routine and comb your lashes regularly to minimize the risk of bacteria buildup and infection.
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