Potential Health Hazards of Eyelash Extensions

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  • Eyelash extensions, individually bonded with glue to existing eyelashes, can invite mites called Demodex to set up residence in your eyelashes
  • Demodex, aka eyelash lice, can cause redness, inflammation, blood shot eyes and blocked oil glands, and can contribute to conditions like blepharitis, blepharoconjunctivitis and blepharokeratitis
  • Demodex can be confused with blepharitis, but the treatments are completely different and, unlike blepharitis, Demodex can spread to others
  • Demodex is often explained by lack of hygiene since eyelash extension wearers sometimes keep them on for weeks, fearing that washing will cause the lashes to fall out
  • To treat a Demodex buildup medical professionals recommend tea tree oil, which patients can use at home 

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How to Get Rid of Lice

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  • In the US and Canada, 99.6 percent of lice tested had developed gene mutations making them resistant to common over-the-counter lice shampoos
  • In California, Florida, Maine, and Minnesota, every insect sampled was resistant to the toxic pesticide permethrin, a common active ingredient in lice shampoos
  • There are various options available for treating head lice naturally. The most effective ones include diatomaceous earth (DE), tea tree oil, hot air and a salt-vinegar spray mixture

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