Eyelash extensions have recently become one of the biggest beauty treatments in the industry, as women and men everywhere look to the extensions for a new look.
And while eyelash extensions are a perfect way to have long lashes on the beach and by the pool – as well as save you a lot of time getting ready – a doctor’s latest discovery may put you off the idea forever.
Orlando Eye Institute’s Dry Eye Help Center’s Dr Parbhu has revealed how eyelash extensions which are individually glued to the natural lashes can attract hair mites, also known as Demodex – especially if they are not cleaned correctly.
The doctor explained: “In the younger people, especially women, it tends to occur with eyelash extensions or people (who) wear eye makeup and tend to not take it off.”
One woman who found herself in the horrific situation is Ashley, who appeared on Channel 9 in the USA to discuss her experience.
Ashley decided to take a trip to see Dr Parbhu, after she experienced swollen and irritated eyes following eyelash extensions.
What the doctor found is not for the faint hearted, as she revealed she had discovered an infestation of tiny hair mites in Ashley’s lashes.
The doctor explained: “They burrow to the base of the lash follicles, and they feed off this material. Infection can set in if they overpopulate."
If you’re in love with your eyelash extensions, but don’t want to risk mites hanging around in the sensitive area, the doctor suggests visiting a salon which clean their tools properly, and clean the lashes with medical-grade cleansers which should have tea-tree oil in them.
It’s important to also note that Demodex can occur in your lashes if you are not removing your eye make up properly.