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Lash Lice Are Becoming More Common In Eyelash Extensions, Doctors Warn

Everyone tries to look good, and beauty standards have jumped really high. We have witnessed the rise of so many beauty trends. Crazy hair dyes, acrylic nails, hair extensions…

Women would do anything to look better. Many women can’t imagine their day without having their hair and nails done. Some would go an extra mile, and put on lash extensions.

No makeup look is complete without lash extensions. Lashes are glued along the natural lash line, and you can remove easily. If done properly, lash extensions can last for up to six weeks.

It’s the perfect way to get beautiful lashes that accentuate your makeup. What about the risks? Demodex? Have you ever heard of this?

Optometrists warn about the increased number patients complaining about lash lice also known as Demodex. Women are advised to wash their extensions regularly, because bacteria tends to build up in the area.

Demodex causes itchiness, redness and inflammation. Lash lice thrive on the oily hair follicle and jump from one person to another. Yes, they jump!

“Generally the idea when you have eyelash extensions is that people are afraid to kind of touch them or wash them because they’re afraid the eyelash will fall out,” Dr. Sairah Malik explains.

“We recommend tea tree base cleanser. Any cleanser that has a diluted form of tea tree, and it is a good idea to use on a daily basis.”

Hillary Weimer, a cosmetologist at ‘A New U Salon & Boutique’ advises that when women first get your lashes done, they need to avoid contact with water for the first 24 hours.

She explains, “After that, you can wash them. Don’t use any oil-based products. Just be careful, don’t pull at them. If they’re put on correctly, you should have no problem with them staying and taking care of them.”

In 2018, Ashley shared her awful experience with WFTV9, and warned other women about the risks and dangers.

One morning, Ashley woke up with swollen eyes, and the irritation was really bad. Dr. Keshini Parbhu, of the Orlando Eye Institute’s Dry Eye Help Center, found the lice living on her lashes.

“They burrow to the base of the lash follicles, and they feed off this material. Infection can set in if they overpopulate.”

A 2015 case study confirmed that petroleum jelly can really help an affected person. First, a thick layer was applies to the lid, twice a day. Two hours after the application, experts used 1-percent permethrin shampoo.

Eyelids are washed ten minutes later. Before you treat your condition at home, consult your doctor to avoid any damage and irritation.

Removing your makeup is must, so don’t forget this. Sometimes lash lice appear when the salon staff uses dirty tools. If you really like your lash extensions, please give your lashes a break once in a while.