There are confusing information going around that wearing eyelash extensions can increase the chances of getting lice on your eyelashes. It seems this is more rumor than fact. It’s possible to get lice on your eyelashes, but there does not appear to be any facts or documented cases where lash extensions increase the risk or lead to lash lice.
Your eyelashes are hairs, and lice can get on them. The kind of lice that can get on your lashes are commonly known as “demodex mites.” Sometimes these mites may also be referred to as eyelash mites, or simply lash lice. There are no known documented cases of people actually getting lash lice from lash extensions.
Recent Increase in Lash Lice?
However, recently, there have been news and social media reports going around about an increase in lash lice. There are speculation that this is more related to hygienic practice. Wearers of eyelash extensions may be less inclined to touch their extensions, fearing they may fall out. After long periods of neglect, the eyelash extensions and eyelid areas may become dirty, leading to bacterial accumulation. This may lead to the increased risk of lash lice contamination.
Keep Those Eyelash Extensions Clean
Obviously, good hygiene is always beneficial. If you regularly use eyelash extensions, you want to follow good hygiene can clean your eyelid areas regularly. Cleaning your eyelash extensions regularly, of course, is just good hygiene practice.
Lice on humans is very common, as there are over 60 species of mice that can live on our bodies. They are microscopic so they are invisible to the human eye. The average person will not feel any symptoms from lice, but those with compromised immune systems may show symtoms.
If you do have lash lice, symptoms may include inflammation and itching. As mentioned before, keeping the eye areas (especially eyelid areas) and your eyelash extensions clean are important to prevent any lash lice.