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It seems in recent times there has been a serious increase in lash lice. This is because many people with the extensions are not taking care of them properly.

You see, if you don’t wash your lashes (especially when you have extensions) you may end up building up bacteria on them. This can lead to serious things like eye infections and in some lice progresses from there. On top of the shuttering idea of having ‘lash lice’ your eyes can also become quite red, irritated, and ‘gross.’ Taking care of your eyelash extensions is very important.

According to ABC 13, some optometrists are claiming that this increase in lash lice cases is becoming a big deal. Sure, the idea that your lash extensions might not last as long if you clean them frequently is something people struggle with but is it worth it? These lice can be transferred from person to person and live on the hair follicle just like any other form of lice. This meaning if someone you know has these nasty Lil buggers you too could get them.

Dr. Sairah Malik told ABC 13 as follows in regards to this issue:

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

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

For those who might not know tea tree oil itself can work wonders for our hair and even our skin and nails. It can work as an antibacterial agent and will keep your lashes from gooping up and getting gross overall. While lash extensions look great and are beneficial to some, being aware of this kind of thing is important. Just because you know someone who doesn’t bother to clean theirs doesn’t mean you should ignore your own.

While it can cost a good bit to get lash extensions installed they, regardless of how you treat them are not going to last forever. Going to the doctor and being treated for lash lice is not only embarrassing, but it is also quite unnecessary when you can just take care of your lashes, to begin with. Take breaks between installations and be sure to keep things clean.

For more information on this please check out the video below. Long lashes are great, but we should be treating them appropriately. Are you taking care of yours properly?