Can eyelash extensions damage your eyes?

Eyelash extensions do not damage eyelashes when applied correctly. To avoid damaging natural eyelashes, eyelash extensions must be carefully selected (length and thickness) and correctly applied to one natural eyelash at a time. When applied incorrectly or with the wrong adhesive, they can cause discomfort, infections and permanent eyelash loss. Taking these two variables into account will allow you to select an eyelash extension that is balanced with natural eyelashes.

The easiest way to prevent the risk of eye infection or irritation is to simply avoid putting on eyelash extensions. Because each of your individual lashes is at a different stage in the growth cycle, you'll start to see a more sparse appearance after two to four weeks, as new natural lashes appear and eyelashes that had an attached extension begin to fall out. The material used varies from study to study, but eyelash extensions can be made of synthetic fibers, mink, synthetic mink, or silk. This means that dirt or bacteria that are trapped in eyelash extensions may not be removed as they normally would, allowing them easy access to the eye.

And while it's not common, sometimes an eyelash extension is embedded in the transparent membrane that covers the eyeball. The result was great (I woke up with a strip full of eyelashes and went to work without putting on any makeup), but after a week I started to wake up with my pillowcase covered with eyelashes, extensions and my own natural eyelashes. Eyelash extensions are semi-permanent fibers that adhere to natural lashes so that the fringes of the eyelashes appear longer, fuller and darker. The FDA has an extensive list of safety tips for beauty treatments, including eyelash extensions, mascara, eye shadow, and other cosmetics.

When applied correctly by a licensed and trained professional, eyelash extensions are a sure way to improve the look of natural eyelashes. Estheticians are specifically trained in skin-oriented treatments, such as facial treatments, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and you guessed it, eyelash services. I always make sure to use eyelash extensions that have the right length and weight that natural eyelashes can support. In addition, there are certain makeup removers and conditioners that do not leave stains and that will help nourish eyelashes after eyelash extensions.

Randi Miera
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