Today is my topic concerning fake eyelashes which do not only
accentuate the beauty of eyes but also add oomph to the style. Fake
eyelashes have become a trend in the world of fashion while
mascara is important in women’s beauty to make their lashes big and


But fake eyelash extensions’ dangers are real and can affect your
both eyes and skin during the process. So if you are thinking about
getting fake eyelashes to make your eyes beautiful then this post is only
for you. First, we know about some possible dangers of fake lashes
and how we can avoid them.

Possible Dangers of Fake Eyelashes

1. Allergic Reactions

Getting allergies is very common after wearing a false pair of lashes.
Basically, the material used in these products can contain something that
causes allergic reactions such as itchiness, dryness, irritation,
and rashes.

The glue contains formaldehyde, carcinogen, and many others
chemicals that are used for
holding the lashes in
place. Which may cause an allergic reaction along with the sensation of
stinging or burning. The fake eyelash extensions can irritate the cornea
of the eyes and thickened glue can scratch it too.

2. Eye Infections

Fake eyelashes extensions may affect your eyes with mild to moderate and moderate to
threatening infections while natural lashes protect your eyes from
dust and other foreign elements. Fake lashes make them full of dust, dirt,
and harmful bacteria rather than protecting them from getting into your

Glue is used to stick the fake eyelashes and its application
can create a moist environment where fungi or bacteria can get is trapped and can thrive easily. These all can lead to threatening
symptoms such as swollen eyelids, clogged lash follicles, cornea
ulcer, redness, and pain around your eyes.

3. Eye Sensitivity

Eye sensitivity differs from each other if you have sensitive or
allergy-prone eyes the chances of bad reactions of fake eyelashes
will be high.

Chemicals found in fake lashes such as formaldehyde, benzoic acid,
cyanoacrylate, and cellulose gums will react in adverse ways. These all
can lead to swollen eyelids, bloodshot eyes, stinging or burning
sensation, redness, pain, irritation, dryness, rashes, and

4. Dry Eyes

Too long and big fake lashes can increase the risks of dry eyes.
According to a research study in America, the optimal length of eyelashes is 1/3 the width of the eyes that requires to be maintained
in order to protect from dust, dirt, and other foreign elements.

After applying the fake
eyelashes procedure 
when your lashes become longer and fuller, they develop a fan-like effect with every blink of the
eyes, as result the
airflow on the surface of your eyes
increases and you experience symptoms of dry eyes.

5. Damage to Natural Lashes

Fake eyelashes are heavy than natural lashes and put
stress on your
eyelash follicles that can
temporary or permanent damage to the natural lashes.

Hence, the frequent use of fake lashes can cause eyelashes to fall out
and can stop their growth temporarily or permanently. During the
process, they also can harm your natural lashes as they can get ripped out or broken.

Irritation due to fake lashes can thin out your natural eyelashes and can
lead to a critical condition called “
madarosis” (loss of lashes).

6. Vision Loss

Not common but in some rare cases conjunctivitis and corneal ulcer can lead to corneal scarring in some people. In the
worst situation, this can lead to blindness or vision loss temporarily or

How to Treat Eye Infection from Eyelash Extensions?

After applying fake eyelashes when you experience the symptoms
of mild eye infections follow given simple home remedies to get relief
from the discomfort.
  • Place moist tea bags to the infected area of the eyes in order
    to minimize the mild symptoms.
  • Boil the acacia leaves, cool down the solution, and apply it to
    your infected eyelids to minimize inflammation.
  • Take an oral antihistamine to remove swelling around your
    eyelids or eyes skin.
  • Apply a hydrocortisone topical cream to get rid of rashes and
  • Use over-the-counter artificial tear drops for dry eyes.

When to See a Doctor?

The best safe and reliable way to treat eye infections caused by
fake eyelashes is to get appropriate medical help. Some severe symptoms
such as extreme swelling, acute pain, blurred vision, sensitivity
to light, eye discharge, and fever need immediate medical

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Ruman Amjad

Hello, I am Dr. Ruman Amjad, an Ophthalmologist specializing in the field of eye care, particularly focused on helping individuals with swollen eyelids. I am thrilled to welcome you to, a comprehensive resource dedicated to providing accurate and reliable information on eyelid inflammation.


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