Can Lash Extensions Cause Blepharitis?

Centers for Dry Eye

Our guide reveals the truth about lash extensions and blepharitis. Get the answers you need. Can Lash Extensions Cause Blepharitis?

Eyelash extensions add length and volume to your natural eyelashes making your eyes attractive and saving you the trouble of doing eye makeup all the time. You get a fuller, more glamorous look by attaching synthetic or natural lashes to your lash line. 

However, there is an unglamorous consequence to wearing lash extensions, and it is called Blepharitis. Blepharitis is a severe eye disease that causes inflammation of the eyelids, leading to red eyes, itching, flaking of the skin around the eyes, and even vision problems. Understanding how eyelash extensions can cause Blepharitis is important to maintain your eye makeup routine.

How Can Lash Extensions Cause Blepharitis? or Allergic Blepharitis?

  1. Eyelash extensions can irritate your eyes, make them swollen, cause eye infections, and lead to Blepharitis. But not always. Lash extensions can be safe if you are cautious of the process. 

  1. Lash extensions themselves do not cause Blepharitis, but the process of applying them and the lash glue used can contribute to the development of the condition.

  1. Blepharitis from lash extensions is often caused by a buildup of bacteria and oil on the eyelids. As applying lash extensions can introduce bacteria and other irritants close to the eyelash follicles, it can trigger Blepharitis. People with pre-existing Blepharitis may experience the condition worsening after getting the lash extensions. 

Tip- It is important to keep the eyelids clean and free of irritants and to seek treatment if Blepharitis develops or worsens. If you are considering getting lash extensions and have a history of Blepharitis, it may be a good idea to consult an eye doctor first.

Can you have eyelash extensions with blepharitis?

How Do You Minimize the Risk of Developing Lash Extension-Related Blepharitis? As all lash extensions do not cause Blepharitis, preventing and treating Blepharitis with eyelash extensions is easy. Here are some steps that may help prevent Blepharitis with eyelash extensions.

Maintain good hygiene:

Regularly clean your eyelids with a mild soap or an eyelid scrub solution to remove oils, bacteria, and other irritants that may contribute to Blepharitis.

Avoid using harsh chemicals:  

Stay away from products that contain harsh chemicals, such as eyelash extension adhesive removers, that can irritate the skin of the eyelids and worsen Blepharitis.

Use a warm compress to soothe your eyelids:

Applying a warm compress to the eyelids for 5-10 minutes multiple times daily can help soothe the skin and reduce inflammation.

Choose a skilled lash extension professional:

Make sure to choose a licensed and experienced lash extension professional who uses high-quality, medical-grade adhesives. This will reduce the risk of irritation and infection.

Remove lash extensions on a regular basis:

It is recommended to have the extensions removed and to give your natural lashes a break every 6-8 weeks. This can help prevent the buildup of irritants and bacteria and promote the healthy growth of your natural lashes.

Consult an eye doctor if symptoms worsen

If you experience symptoms of Blepharitis, such as red, swollen, or irritated eyelids, or if you have any concerns about the health of your lashes or eyes, it is recommended to see an eye doctor for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.

It is important to remember that not everyone who wears lash extensions will develop Blepharitis, but following these steps can help minimize the risk of developing the condition and promote healthy lashes.

Conclusion: treating blepharitis with eyelash extensions

Lash extensions can cause dry eyes if not done properly or depending upon the individual’s health and hygiene. If you think you have allergic Blepharitis or are planning to have eyelash extensions with Blepharitis, we strongly recommend you consult an eye doctor and get a comprehensive evaluation first

At Centers for Dry Eye, we provide a free consultation just for you. Visit our website or call (615) 637-9393 to schedule an appointment.

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