Does your eyelid feel itchy, red, or even painful after getting eyelash extensions? If so, you may have Blepharitis.
In this article, I’ll cover exactly why you got blepharitis from eyelash extensions, what it is, and how to treat it. But most importantly, you’ll also learn prevention measures you can take today.
Red, itchy, swollen eyelids are no fun. But you don’t need to avoid lash extensions to protect your lids from blepharitis. I’ll show you how to keep your eyelids healthy while rocking extensions.
Can Eyelash Extensions Cause Blepharitis?
Yes, eyelash extensions may cause blepharitis because of too much bacteria on your eyelids, too many lash mites hanging around the bottom of your lashes, and irritated or blocked oil glands.1 Blepharitis can also be an allergic reaction to the glue used during a lash extension procedure (allergic blepharitis).2
So what is blepharitis exactly in the first place?
blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelid. It’s one of the most common eye conditions, is not contagious but can be very uncomfortable. Symptoms include:3
Here’s a closer look at lash extensions’ link to these causes and tips to prevent them.
Cause #1: Too Much Bacteria on the Eyelids
Dirty hands or tools can introduce bacteria to the lids while they apply extensions. These nasty organisms can cause an infection that triggers blepharitis.
Keep lids healthy! Only have your extensions done by a licensed, certified lash tech with high hygiene standards. Additionally, make sure to cleanse your lashes daily.
Cause #2: Too Many Lash Mites
You also need to keep things clean! Skimping on eye hygiene can cause a lash mite infestation, potentially resulting in blepharitis.
Keep lids healthy! Gently cleaning your lashes washes away dead skin cells, oil, and grime to keep lash mites in check. Make lash-cleansing a daily thing.
Cause #3: Irritated or Blocked Oil Glands
If extension fibers aren’t skilfully applied, lash glue can end up on your skin. Misplaced glue globs can block your oil glands, possibly bringing on blepharitis.
Keep lids healthy! Get your extensions done by an expert lash tech with an excellent application technique.
Cause #4: An Allergic Reaction
Lash glues emitting high fumes can trigger blepharitis as an allergic reaction.4
Keep lids healthy! Ask your lash tech if they have a low-fume glue option. Plus, you can have a patch test to see how your body deals with the extension products.
How to Treat Blepharitis From Eyelash Extensions
The first thing to do is to remove your eyelash extensions as soon as possible. You should contact your lash tech so that they can remove them professionally. Do not try to remove them at home by yourself.
It’s important to note that blepharitis won’t go away when you take off eyelash extensions. You should also see your optometrist or ophthalmologist for a definitive diagnosis and treatment plan. They may prescribe medication, such as antibiotic ointment or drops, to help clear the infection.
Moreover, you need to cleanse your lashes and eyelids using a fragrance-free, hypoallergenic cleanser. Gently massage your lashes with your fingertips for about 30 seconds to loosen any debris.
Before getting lash extensions again once the infection is gone, you need to understand what caused it in the first place (see 4 common causes above) and correct it.
The Bottom Line
Puffy lids and crusty lashes take the shine off fabulous extensions, amirite?
So, keep your eyelids blepharitis-free by getting your extensions done by a professional lash tech who won’t settle for anything less than tip-top hygiene.
If you’re worried about an allergic reaction, ask your lash tech to check how your body tolerates the products before having the procedure. And clean your lashes at least once a day to stop those mischievous mites from taking over!
– Asako 🙂
- Kierstan Boyd – medically reviewed by James M Huffman, MD (2022). What is Blepharitis? Retrieved from https://www.aao.org/eye-health/diseases/what-is-blepharitis#causes (Accessed on 5 October 2022)
- Yuki Amano et al. (2012). Ocular Disorders Due to Eyelash Extensions. Retrieved from https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22134404/ (Accessed on 5 October 2022)
- Mayo Clinic Staff (2022). Blepharitis. Retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/blepharitis/symptoms-causes/syc-20370141 (Accessed on 5 October 2022)
- See reference 2
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Asako Ito is the Co-Founder of Divine Lashes and a certified eyelash stylist. She has garnered acclaim for her cutting-edge techniques in the lash industry.
Holding multiple certifications and licenses, including Luxury Eye, THE LASH SHOP, World Microblading, and The Lash Bible, she has a constant thirst for knowledge. These credentials reflect her commitment to excellence and staying at the forefront of lash and brow artistry.
With over 10 years of experience, Asako continuously increases her knowledge both as a technician and educator by collaborating with top lash artists worldwide. You can read her full bio here.