As eyelash extensions have grown in popularity over the course of the last few years, there have been a whole host of myths and hysterical warnings appearing in the media. One of the most oft-repeated assertions suggests that eyelash extensions can create serious infections and inflammation of the eyelid. The problem is that millions of women wear lash extensions every day, and the clear majority have never experienced those kinds of problems. The fact is that infections occur in only two ways: improper application or a failure to properly care for your lash extensions.
What Type of Problems Can Occur?
Obviously, there have been cases where people have experienced everything from minor irritation to Blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelid) and infection. In some cases, corneal infections have been documented – usually after the cornea has been scratched in some way. Clients who experience these types of problems can suffer a variety of symptoms, including:
- Crustiness on the eyelid, along with swelling and reddening of the skin
- Sustained burning sensation, and itchiness
- White flakes between the eyelashes
- Natural lashes that break off when the weight of the extensions is too great
When infection occurs, it’s common for lash extension clients to assume that there is something wrong with the extensions, or that they’re somehow not safe. That belief is reinforced by media messages that exaggerate the risks posed by lash extensions, while failing to cite the real reasons these problems generally occur.
Application is Critical
The primary source of most extension problems can be traced right back to the spa. The truth is that lash extensions are safe and problem-free when properly applied and properly cared for, so the single most important thing that you can do to protect yourself is to ensure that you’re dealing with a reliable salon that employs only the most-qualified lash technicians. In New York, that means relying on technicians who are properly trained and licensed to provide safe, quality lash services.
Home Care of Your Extensions
Many infections in and around the eye are caused by blockage of the lash follicle. This typically occurs when you fail to properly cleanse the area around your eyes – including your eyelashes, and allow dead skin cells, bacteria, and sebum to accumulate on and around the lashes. That can lead to inflammation in the natural hair follicle, as well as the skin of the eyelid. The solution is simple: follow your lash technician’s advice when it comes to daily cleansing of your lash and lash extensions. That can help to keep the bacteria and debris at bay and reduce the risk of infection.
With the right application and proper home care, your lash extensions should never cause any sort of infection around your eyes. At Ebenezer Eyelash, our team includes only the best highly-trained and licensed lash technicians to ensure that your safety is always our priority. Give us a call today to learn how you can enjoy the best and safest eyelash extensions in New York City!